American Novelist Wendell Berry will be awarded the 2016 Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature this month. The Center for Southern Studies is set to present this prize April 23 in celebration of Berry’s contributions to Southern literature.
A prize presentation will be held April 23 at 1 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room. There, Berry will present the audience with a reading as well as sign books.
“For several years, students who took Mercer’s First-Year Seminar classes read Mr. Berry’s poem ‘Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front.’ In that poem, he exhorts the reader to live freely and love the world. The poem, and Mr. Berry’s life, exemplify many of the ideals that Mercer aspires to uphold, and his prolific career as a writer, poet and activist have thoroughly enriched the tradition of Southern literature,” said David A. Davis, chair of the Lanier Prize Committee and associate professor of English at Mercer.
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