Dr. Robert V. Haynes of Bowling Green, professor emeritus of history at WKU, will receive the prestigious Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award on Saturday (Feb. 28) at the 26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration in Natchez, Mississippi.
The Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award was established in 1994 by the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration to honor internationally known author Richard Wright. Wright’s first novel, Native Son, was published in 1940. His Black Boy, a fictionalized autobiography, was published in 1945. After leaving Natchez, Wright worked in Chicago and later moved to Paris, where he died in 1960.
Winners of the award are honored each year for a body of literary work. They must be outstanding, living writers with a strong Mississippi connection.
Dr. Haynes, who served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at WKU from 1984-96, is the author of several books, including The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier, 1795-1817; The Natchez District and the American Revolution; and A Night of Violence: The Houston Riot of 1917.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Haynes received his bachelor’s degree at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi; his master’s degree at Peabody College in Nashville; and his Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Contact: Potter College of Arts & Letters, (270) 745-2344