Philip Gerard

We've all at least contemplated running away. In this week's commentary, Philip Gerard tells us how he attempted his escape at age five.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories & essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

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In reference to last week’s CoastLine show on offshore drilling, Alina asked:

Where can we listen to the archived version of this if we missed it live?

For Alina and other: all of our CoastLine shows are archived, usually later on Wednesday afternoons. Each show is in three parts.

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New Hanover Co. Public Library

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:  

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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. 

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Ticking Tomb

Aug 22, 2012
Oblam

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.