ECU professor wins prestigious Southern writer award
Liza Wieland, an English professor at East Carolina University, was recently awarded the prestigious Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction by the Fellowship of Southern Writers — a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating and recognizing emerging literature from the American South.
While she always hoped her work might be recognized one day, Wieland was not expecting the award.
“I almost can’t believe it,” she said.
Wieland said her work often blends past historical figures within contemporary cultural and political contexts in order to interpret the present through the eyes of the past.
“I am in the moments my characters are, and I enjoy putting people in new and interesting predicaments,” she said.