Fred Davis Chappell
Acclaimed poet and novelist Fred Chappell was born on a small farm in Canton, North Carolina. The author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and critical prose, Chappell has received many awards for his work, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Bollingen Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award, an award from the National Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Best Foreign Book Prize from the Académie Française. He was named North Carolina poet laureate in 1997, a position he held until 2002.