The Library of Congress announced that Charles Wright ’57 will be the nation’s next poet laureate. Wright, a retired University of Virginia professor, is the author of more than two dozen collections of verse that “fuse the legacy of European modernism with mystical evocations of the landscape of the American South,” reports The New York Times.
As a Davidson student Wright was a history major and won the college’s Vereen Bell Prize for writing. Davidson awarded Wright an honorary doctor of letters degree in 1997, the year before he won the Pulitzer Prize. “Poetry fulfills a spiritual need, the need to explain to myself what it is I would like to happen,” Wright once told the Davidson Journal.