The prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, John Hancock and others, has inducted two Hollins University creative writing program graduates into its ranks: U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey and 1975 Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
Trethewey earned her master’s degree in creative writing at Hollins in 1991, and returned last spring to serve as the 2012 Louis D. Rubin writer-in-residence. In the summer the Library of Congress chose her as the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate. Her collection “Native Guard” won the 2007 Pulitzer for poetry.
Dillard is a member of the Hollins class of ’67 and earned her M.A. in Creative Writing in ’68.
The two authors are in intriguing company. From the Academy press release:
In the Humanities and the Arts, new members include: novelist Martin Amis; novelist and essayist Wendell Berry; philosopher David Chalmers; director and actor Robert De Niro; Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Annie Dillard and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; actor Sally Field; Michael Fishbane, a scholar of Jewish studies; operatic soprano Renée Fleming; jazz musician Herbie Hancock; documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles; French history scholar Sarah Maza; linguist David Perlmutter; artist Judy Pfaff; Stuart Schwartz, a leading historian of colonial slavery; artist Yoshiaki Shimizu; and singer-songwriters Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen.