David Wright

 David Wright

Contact Information

257 English
MC 718
608 S Wright
Urbana, IL 61801
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Additional Campus Affiliations


  • 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

Selected Publications


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Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers New York Scribner 2001. Reviews, excerpts.
Away Running Victoria, BC Orca Book Publishers 2016. Website.

Audio or Visual Publications

Wright, David, David Zoby, and Allan Smith Director Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers DreamQuest Productions 2010. Reviews, excerpts.

Short Stories

Callaloo Going Places Vol. 34 No. 4 2011. Excerpt.
Callaloo The Road On Vol. 32 No. 2 2009. Excerpt.


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