Each year, Writers' Week brings together visiting writers of local and national interest, UNCW students and members of the general public with an interest in literature and writing. Activities throughout the week include workshops, panels, and readings.
2016 Buckner Speakers:
Mei Fong & Chinelo Okparanta
Mei Fong is a Pultizer Prize-winning journalist with more than a decade of reporting in Asia, most recently as China correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of the book One Child: The Past and Future of China's Most Radical Experiment (Houghton Mifflin), which vividly recounts the history and after-effects of China's longest-running and most radical social experiment. Her stories on China’s transformative process in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics formed part of the package that won the Journal the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. She's also the winner of the Amnesty International Human Rights Press Award, as well as awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia and from the Society of Professional Journalist's Deadline Awards. Born in Malaysia, Ms. Fong started off her journalism career in Singapore as a crime reporter at tabloid The New Paper. She has taught at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and at Shantou University in China. She is currently a Fellow at New America Foundation.
Chinelo Okparanta is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award and an O. Henry Prize. Her novel, Under the Udala Trees, won a 2016 Lamba Award and was a 2016 NAACP Image Award nominee. Her debut short story collection, Happiness, Like Water, was cited as an editors’ choice in the New York Times Book Review and was named on the list of The Guardian’s Best African Fiction of 2013. Okparanta was born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria before immigrating to the U.S. with her family at the age of 10. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently teaches at Bucknell University.
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