A Tribute to Robert Watson

2 PM, Saturday, November 3, 2012
UNCG Alumni House
Fiction reading

The MFA Writing Program, The UNCG Alumni Association, and the UNCG Center for Creative Writing in the Arts will host a Tribute to Robert Watson on Saturday, November 3rd, at 2:00 PM in the UNCG Alumni House on College Avenue. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by an Alumni Book Signing and champagne toast. For more information about all of the Writing Program’s alumni events and to RSVP, please visit: www.literaryhomecoming2012.info

Robert Watson received a B.A. from Williams College with honors in economics, then both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature in English from The Johns Hopkins University, and taught at both institutions. In 1946-47 he attended the University of Zurich on a Swiss-American Exchange Fellowship; while there he studied art history and learned to ski.

In 1953, Mr. Watson came with his wife, the painter Betty Watson, to teach in the English Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro--then The Woman's College. At the request of the English Department he activated the M.F.A program in 1964 and in 1965 founded The Greensboro Review, a literary journal. His abiding interest was in the many graduates whose careers and successes he followed through the years.

Mr. Watson published eight collections of poetry including Robert Watson: The Complete Poems published in 2011, and two novels, Three Sides of the Mirror and Lily Lang. Short works were included in publications such as The New York Times, American Scholar, The New Yorker, Harpers, Miami Daily News, Poetry Magazineand others. He won honors from numerous arts organizations, among them the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and gave lectures and readings of his works at colleges and other institutions including the Library of Congress.