Hank Lewis - Brown Foundation Fellow

Hank Lewis

The English Department would like to welcome William Henry (Hank) Lewis, who is joining us for the Easter semester as a Brown Foundation Fellow.  He is currently teaching a seminar on fiction writing (WRIT 206).

Mr. Lewis is the author of two collections of short stories, I Got Somebody in Staunton (HarperCollins, 2005), which was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and winner of a Black Causus of the American Library Association Literary Award; and In the Arms of our Elders (Carolina Wren, 1995), winner of the Sonja H. Stone Prize for Fiction.

His work has received a Literature Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Prize for Fiction, and a Special Award for New Writing from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.  His stories have appeared in many journals, including Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Callaloo, and Blackbird, and have been reprinted in several anthologies, including Best American Short Stories 1996.

He received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he studied with George Garrett and Rita Dove, and he has taught creative writing and literature at the University of Maryland, Colgate University, Centre College, Trinity College, Mary Washington College, and Denison University.  In addition to teaching, he has worked as a laborer, journeyman, dishwasher, museum security guard, delivery truck driver, record store clerk, jazz disc jockey, and a coach for the Bahamas National Soccer Teams.

The Brown Foundation Tutorial Fellowship was established in 1971 by a gift from the Brown Foundation of Houston, Texas.  An endowed fund enables the University to appoint distinguished scholars to teach for a limited period of time in one of the disciplines represented in the College of Arts and Sciences.