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David Wright (born 1964) is an American writer who grew up in Borger, Texas. He holds a B.A. from Carleton College, and an M.F.A. from the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also studied at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Before he started teaching creative writing, he was a player/coach on various American football teams in Paris and London. He teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers (Scribner, July 2001).

Other publications

Television journalism

"The Pea Island Story," Co-written and co-produced with Stephanie Frederic and David Zoby. Aired on "BET Tonight," Black Entertainment Television, Feb., 1999.


Prize for a Television Feature News-Story, August, 2000. "The Pea Island Story."

University Faculty Fellow, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University, 1999. "The Civil Rights Movement: History and Consequences."

  • Chancellor’s Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship, Afro-American Studies and

Research Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997-98.

Wright Foundation, Fairfax, VA, 1994.

  • Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship, Munson Institute of American Maritime

Studies, Mystic, CT, 1993.

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