Center for Creative Writing in the Arts

Anna Wooten-Hawkins

"Anna seemed to live for life itself, simply for the privilege of being alive."

- Rachael Wooten, Anna's cousin

Anna Wooten-Hawkins grew up in Kinston, North Carolina and received her MFA in creative writing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was a poet and professor of English at Gardner-Webb University, and later at Campbell University, St. Mary's College, North Carolina State University, Peace College, and Meredith College. Her accomplishments include being the faculty editor of The Lyricist at Campbell University and coordinating the annual Muse Literary Festival at St. Mary's College. Before her untimely death in 2000, Anna won many honors for her poetry. Her collection “Satan Speaks of Eve in 7 Voices After the Fall” won the 1986 North Carolina Writers' Network Chapbook competition in 1986. In 1985 she received the City of Raleigh Arts Commission Award for her excellence in writing and service to the arts. Some of her works have appeared in The Green River Anthology, The Lowlands Review, The Lyricist, The Greensboro Review, and Pembroke Magazine. The Anna Wooten Hawkins' Scholarship honors her memory by providing financial support for outstanding graduate students studying creative writing at UNCG.

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In the Movies
by
Anna Wooten-Hawkins

I want to play the part of light,
I'm that foolish. The director says,
he knowing better, says swivel-faced
nobody's played the part of light
in twenty years, it's clear to see
the knife gets more applause
what's more it's cleaner and speaks
one tongue.