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The Wake Forest College Birthplace Society will hold this year’s annual meeting on Sunday, October 27th from 3 pm to 5 pm. Members will gather at the Wake Forest Historical Museum.
The keynote speaker is noted scholar and author Emily Herring Wilson, who will discuss her latest book, a memoir about poet A.R. Ammons (WFU ‘49), titled “When I Go Back to My Home Country”: A Remembrance of Archie Ammons.
Wilson befriended Ammons in 1972, when he returned to Wake Forest University for an honorary degree. Three years later, he accepted a post as the University’s poet-in-residence. Their families shared a close bond. In fact, Wilson’s husband, Dr. Edwin Wilson (WFU ‘43), had been one of Ammons’ teachers during their days on the Original Campus.
Wilson, whose memoir draws on decades of experience, has authored a number of books including The Three Graces of Val-Kill, a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, and No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence. She has received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the Caldwell Award from the N.C. Humanities Council, and the 2017 Bookmarks Literary Achievement Award. The museum will stock copies of her work for a book signing the day of the event.
We hope you plan to attend and that you will also consider continuing your support of the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society. It is time to join or renew for the 2020 membership year. The form is available HERE.