Award-winning ECU undergrad writer to give reading

Published 10:38 pm Sunday, September 25, 2016

From East Carolina University

The East Carolina University English Department and the creative writing area presents a reading with Q&A by Cameron Green, this year’s winner of the Bill Hallberg Award in creative writing. Green will read his winning story, “Why the News is Bad for You,” in Room 1005 of the Bate Building on the ECU main campus, on Tuesday, at 7 pm. Garth Risk Hallberg, Bill Hallberg’s son and author of the acclaimed novel, “City on Fire,” selected the winner.

The Bill Hallberg Award, open to undergraduates at colleges in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, was established to honor the late ECU creative writing professor and to celebrate the literary efforts of undergraduate students in the region. The winner receives $500 and is invited to read at ECU.

Bill Hallberg was the author of several books and a longtime professor at East Carolina University. His novel, “The Rub of the Green,” concerned golf and was published by Doubleday in 1988. The New York Times Book Review called it “a story to be enjoyed by non-golfers and savored by those who love the game.” A memoir, “The Soul of Golf,” followed in 1997. He also edited “Perfect Lies,” an anthology of golf stories by John Updike, Walker Percy and others.

A question and answer session will follow the reading. This event is free to the public and the ECU community, thanks to the ECU English Department and the creative writing faculty.

For further information, please contact creative writing area coordinator John Hoppenthaler at or 252-328-5562.