Nikole Hannah-Jones of Project 1619 to speak at UNCW Writers’ Week


The lead author of The New York Times ‘Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project” will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday at the University of North Carolina’s writers’ week in Wilmington.

At 7:30 p.m. on November 2 at the Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus, Nikole Hannah-Jones will join in a conversation with Wilmington-based author John Jeremiah Sullivan (“Blood Horses.” “Pulphead”). Sullivan is also the co-founder of the Third Person Project, a nonprofit research group focused on social justice initiatives.

Entrance is free, but participants must register in advance for tickets. Those interested can also view the program virtually. For all the details, visit

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Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros, author of the New York Times bestselling novel “The House on Mango Street”, is also on the Writers’ Week program. Cisneros will join a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, on how writers use their life experiences. Entrance is also free, and those interested can attend virtually.

Sandra Cisneros

Hannah-Jones, who earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994, wrote for the Raleigh News & Observer, the Portland Oregonian, and news site ProPublica before joining the New York Times in 2015.

In 2019, she launched Project 1619, a multi-part series examining the continued impact of slavery on the United States. In 1619, the first enslaved Africans were delivered to Jamestown, Virginia.

Although criticized on certain points by some historians, Hannah-Jones received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary 2020 for the package.

In April 2021, Hannah-Jones was appointed to the Knight Chair in Racial and Investigative Journalism at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC. University administrators, however, initially refused to approve Hannah-Jones’ tenure. The administrators overturned after protests from students and faculty at Chapel Hill. Hannah-Jones, however, chose to accept a full professor position at Howard University.

Both lectures are part of a week of readings, panel discussions, craft workshops and other campus events sponsored by the Creative Writing Department at UNCW.

Notable events will include “The Story of History” with UNCW faculty members Wendy Brenner, Clyde Edgerton, Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Michael White and Nina de Gramont. De Gramont’s latest novel, “The Christie Affair”, inspired by the disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie in 1926, is due out in February by St. Martin’s Press and has already received a star-rated review in Kirkus Reviews.

Masks will be mandatory for all indoor programs.

For a full Writers’ Week program or more information, visit’ week or call the Creative Writing Department at 910-962-7063.

UNCW poet wins award

Wilmington writer Sophia Stid was awarded the 2022 Sally Buckner Emerging Writers Fellowship, presented by the NC Writers’ Network.

Stid is a postgraduate scholar in the Creative Writing Department at UNCW, where she teaches and is an associate editor for the literary magazine Ecotone.

The scholarship provides a stipend of $ 500 as well as a full scholarship to fall and spring conferences hosted by the Writers’ Network. The award honors the memory of Sally Buckner, a longtime poet and faculty member of Peace College in Raleigh.

Originally from North Carolina, Stid graduated from Georgetown University and received an MFA from Vanderbilt University, where she received the Sedberry Prize for Poetry. His work has been published in Pleiades, Best New Poems 2020 and Poetry Daily.

“The Wilmington Lie”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Zucchino will discuss his book “Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9 at Wilmington First Baptist Church, 411 Market St. the signing will follow at the Bellamy Mansion Museum.

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The program is sponsored by the Bellamy Mansion. Admission is free, although a donation of $ 10 at the door is suggested. Participants must register in advance. To pre-register, please email [email protected] Masks will be compulsory.

Ben Steelman can be contacted at 910-616-1788 or at [email protected]


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