Emily Herring Wilson

Emily Herring Wilson

On October 2007, the North Carolina Humanities Council celebrated Emily Herring Wilson as the 2007 John Tyler Caldwell Laureate and recipient of the Caldwell Award for the Humanities. Following the award presentation at Reynolda House in Winston-Salem, the Caldwell Lecture in the Humanities was presented by Tom Lambeth, former Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Valeria Lee, President of the Golden LEAF Foundation, then conducted an informal conversation with Wilson. Music was provided by the roots duo Polecat Creek.

“We are honored to acknowledge Emily Wilson’s life with the Caldwell Award,” noted North Carolina Humanities Board Chair Dr. Lynn Jones Ennis. “She is a living testament to the humanities in North Carolina and across the country.”

A native of Columbus, Georgia, Emily Herring Wilson has lived in North Carolina for more than forty years. As a student at Woman’s College in Greensboro (present-day
UNCG), she pursued both campus politics and poetry with equal vigor. After graduate school at Wake Forest, Wilson married a Wake Forest teacher, and together they raised three children in the faculty neighborhood. Mentored by the North Carolina Humanities Council, she sought to broaden her landscape beyond the academy as writer, lecturer, organizer, and advocate. Read more.

Tom Lambeth's Caldwell Lecture in the Humanities