David Wright

Professor of English,Center for African Studies, and Jewish Culture and Society

Research Interests

African-American Literature, Contemporary American Literature, Fiction


African American Studies


  • MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Distinctions / Awards

  • Center for Advanced Study Associates Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2014-15
  • Distinguished Visiting Writer, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, fall 2002
  • Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, University of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters, 2005-06
  • J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, Universidade de Sao Paolo, Brazil, Mar.-Jun. 2011
  • MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Yaddo Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residencies, 2005-06


  • North Carolina Humanities Council and Outer Banks Community Foundation grants for production of Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers, May 2009



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Short Stories

  • "Going Places." Callaloo. Vol. 34 No. 4: 2011.
  • "The Road On." Callaloo. Vol. 32 No. 2: 2009.


  • "Writing Race in America." The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2014.
  • "Invisible Boys." American Book Review. 2013.
  • "Why America Loves NASCAR: (Hint: Because it’s not black)." The Village Voice. 2005.

Audio/Visual Publications

  • Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers. Dir. David Wright, David Zoby, Allan Smith. DreamQuest Productions, 2010.

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