Author and professor emeritus author Fred Chappell will receive the 2010 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the state’s most prestigious public humanities honor, in an awards ceremony Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Music Building Recital Hall. The event will be free and open to the public. RSVP by Oct. 1 at 4-4770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities sponsors the award.
Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly (English) will deliver the annual Caldwell Lecture in the Humanities at the award ceremony that evening. Roskelly is a North Carolina Humanities Council trustee.
Chappell was a professor at UNCG for 40 years, where he helped establish the MFA Writing Program. Author of more than two dozen books, Chappell was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997-2002 and a North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee in 2006.
Chappell has received the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest honor the University of North Carolina system can bestow on a faculty member, and was appointed the Burlington Industries Professor of English in 1988. Among Chappell’s other awards are the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize, the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Étrangers (Best Foreign Book Prize) from the Academie Francaise, the North Carolina Award in Literature, and an Award in Literature from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. For his poetry he has been awarded Yale University’s Bollingen Prize, the Aiken Taylor Prize, and the Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Prize eight times over. Chappell is also the recipient of the North Caroliniana Society Award, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the Ragan-Rubin Award, the Thomas Wolfe Prize, and the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Award.
The John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities recognizes exceptional individuals who throughout their lives and careers have strengthened the educational, cultural and civic life of North Carolinians.