At 11am on Saturday, February 22nd at HQ Raleigh, we will remember our friend Gerald Barrax. Please join present and past NCSU faculty, along with many of Gerald’s friends and family for this celebration of his life.
The following is quoted from NCSU News: “Acclaimed poet Gerald Barrax, a retired emeritus professor of creative writing at NC State, died on Saturday, Dec. 7, after he was struck by a vehicle while walking across a street in Raleigh. He was 86.
Barrax won numerous awards and honors during his career, including the Raleigh Medal of Arts, the R. Hunt Parker Award for Literary Achievement, the Sam Ragan Award for Contribution to the Fine Arts, the Broadside Press Award for Poetry and the North Carolina Award for Literature, which cited him as one of North Carolina’s “most eminent and accomplished writers.” The North Carolina Award is the highest civilian honor presented by the state. He was also inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.
Barrax’s poems appeared in such prestigious literary journals as the Georgia Review, the Southern Review and Poetry, and they have been included in more than three dozen anthologies. He also wrote six books of poetry. His 1992 book Leaning Against the Sun was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.”