Writer, publisher, entrepreneur: Alex Albright ’75 MFA

Posted on April 08, 2022

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Alex Albright ’75 MFA has elevated the literary and artistic vibrancy of North Carolina for several decades. And though retired as a professor, his impactful work carries on.

The Graham native makes an appearance in the Gate City at the  2022 Greensboro Bound festival on May 21, 3:30 p.m., as he joins other panelists in speaking on the topic “County of Terror: Alamance in the 19th Century.” The panel will “examine the reign of terror the Klan brought to Alamance County to undermine political gains by Black people after the Civil War.”

He was founding editor of the North Carolina Literary Review in the 1990s. That publication in 2015 created the Alex Albright Prize in Creative Nonfiction writing.

In 2018, he retired from East Carolina University’s faculty, on which he served 37 years, and last year received the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities for “statewide impact and dedication to creative writing, teaching, and humanities advocacy through his life’s work.”

The Summer 2006 UNCG Magazine featured him and his Fountain General Store, which he and his wife, Elizabeth, own and operate in a small town between Wilson and Greenville, N.C.

The venue, which has been featured in Our State Magazine, books great Americana and blues bands. And the RA Fountain imprint publishes great books. The fifth was by notable Woman’s College (UNCG) alumna Emily Herring Wilson ’61; the sixth will soon be released.

By Mike Harris ’93 MA
Photograph by Tim Duffy

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