John Edgar Wideman

John Edgar Wideman will receive the Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters Award and give a talk on:

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.

Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell


About John Edgar Wideman:

An award-winning novelist, short story writer, and essayist, John Edgar Wideman is renowned for compassionate and intelligent work that explores the range of human emotions. More interested in asking questions than answering them, he believes we all have the capacity for great good and great evil. His visit to Bucknell is certain to be thought-provoking and memorable.

A professor of Africana Studies and English at Brown University, Wideman has taught at the University of Wyoming; the University of Pennsylvania, where he founded and chaired the African American Studies Department; and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's MFA Program for Poets and Writers.


Other honors:

  • St. Botolph Literary Award (1993)
  • DuSable Museum Prize for Nonfiction for Brothers and Keepers (1985)
  • Longwood College Medal for Literary Excellence (1987)
  • National Magazine Editors' Prize for Short Fiction (1987)
  • Edited the annual anthology The Best American Short Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 1996)

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