|Wilson wins UNC scholarship in creative writing|
|Wednesday, June 13, 2012|
Incoming first-year student Heather P. Wilson of Exeter, N.H., has been awarded a 2012 Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, a full four-year merit scholarship in creative writing, to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The scholarship program was established in 2001 with a gift to UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences from alumnus Frank Borden Hanes Sr. of Winston-Salem. It honors Carolina alumnus Thomas Wolfe, best known for his 1929 novel, “Look Homeward, Angel.”
Wilson lists Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marilyn Robinson and T.S. Eliot among her favorite writers — and counts Dostoyevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov” as her all-time favorite novel.
“Heather Wilson thoroughly impressed our advisory board with her wit and wisdom both on and off the page,” said Marianne Gingher, Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of English and co-director of the scholarship program. “She is a gifted storyteller, but what sets her work apart is its stylistic deftness and charm. Keenly observant, she’s simply a writer you want to keep reading for the pleasure of her sentences. We couldn’t be more pleased to know that she’ll be honing her considerable talent at Carolina.”