As February is Black History Month, we turn our attention to the 1898 coup d’état in Wilmington. WHQR spoke with Philip Gerard, author of Cape Fear Rising.
In 1898, a group of white supremacists overthrew the democratically elected biracial government of Wilmington and replaced it with officials who instituted the first Jim Crow laws in North Carolina. Philip Gerard, a creative writing professor at UNCW, researched these events for his historical novel:
Update: Listen to award winning North Carolina author Philip Gerard speak about the Cape Fear River, his writing process, and his adventures writing Down the Wild Cape Fear. The below clip includes Gerard's interesting definition of a river:
Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and WHQR Commentator Philip Gerard for light refreshments and a discussion of the author's new book Down the Wild Cape Fear.
Rickety chairs, a legend of a tinsmith and a woe-begone damsel waiting for her long-departed love: such is the stuff of any good ghost story. Commentator Philip Gerard revisits his formative years, and uncovers a surprise twist to a harrowing tale from his teens.
Wilmington, NC – If you're a poet and you know it, maybe you could be North Carolina's next Poet Laureate. The Arts Council is calling North Carolina the creative state, and says the Poet Laureate plays an important role as an ambassador for the arts.
In the past Poet Laureate was a lifetime post. Poet Laureates nowadays are given a renewable two year term and are expected to wear out the soles of their shoes by traveling and speaking across the state.