Chappell, Fred, 1936-....

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Birth 1936-05-28

Biographical notes:

Author and professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

From the description of Fred Chappell papers, 1944-2010 and undated. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19465036

From the description of Fred Chappell Papers, 1944-2003 and n.d. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 122569745

Fred Chappell is a poet and an author who has won numerous awards for his writings, including the Rockefeller Foundation Grant; the Nation Institute and American Academy award in literature; the Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Cup; the North Carolina Award in Literature; the Southeast Booksellers Association (SEBA) Book Award for fiction; and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry. He spent most of his career as an English professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and also served as Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997-2002.

Dabney Stuart is Chappell's close friend and is also an author and a poet. He is a retired English professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. In addition to writing his own books and poems, Stuart served as editor of Shenandoah literary journal from 1988-1995.

From the guide to the Dabney Stuart-Fred Chappell Correspondence, 1984-2009, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

  • 1936, May 28: Born in Canton, N.C., to James Taylor and Anne (Davis) Taylor
  • 1959, Aug. 2: Married Susan Nicholls
  • 1960: Birth of son, Heath
  • 1961: B.A., Duke University
  • 1964: M.A., Duke University
  • 1964 - : Member of English Department Faculty, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 1966: Rockefeller Foundation Grant
  • 1968: National Institute and American Academy award in literature
  • 1971: Prix de Meilleur des Lettres Etrangers, Académie Française, for Dagon
  • 1972: Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Cup for The World Between the Eyes
  • 1973: Sir Walter Raleigh Award for The Gaudy Place
  • 1978: Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Cup for River: A Poem
  • 1979: Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Cup for Bloodfire: A Poem
  • 1980: North Carolina Award in Literature
  • 1985: Bollingen Prize in Poetry, Yale University Library
  • 1988: Named Excellence Foundation Professor, Burlington Industries Professorship at UNC-G
  • 1993: T.S. Eliot Award, Ingersoll Prizes in Literature and the Humanities
  • 1997 - 2002 : Poet Laureate of North Carolina
  • 2000: SEBA (Southeast Booksellers Association) Book Award, Fiction
  • 2010: John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, North Carolina Humanities Council

From the guide to the Fred Chappell papers, 1944-2013 and undated, (Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)


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