Alex Albright

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Erwin 115
Phone: 252.328.4876
E-Mail: albrightd@ecu.edu


Alex Albright's essay "On Bluegrass, Beer and Some Barbecue, and a Few Weeks in Prague" appears in the current issue of storySouth.  Albright's most recent publications include "Mose McQuitty's Band and Minstrel Days, 1899-1937," about early African-American circus musicians (Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society, 60.3 [2016]: 6-47) and "Prague Bluegrass Spring" (Bluegrass Unlimited, Oct. 2016: 42-45). He is the author of The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy, which was a finalist for the 2014 Montaigne Medal and winner of a 2014 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the NC Society of Historians. He has also edited four collections of poetry, including A. R. Ammons: The North Carolina Poems and Ammons' The Mule Poems, a limited edition letterpress chapbook. He was editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, 1991-96 (MLA's Best New Journal, 1994). He wrote and produced both the UNC-TV documentary Boogie in Black and White and "Coming into Freedom: the End of the Civil War in North Carolina," an outdoor musical drama with the NC Symphony that starred Louise Anderson. His nonfiction has appeared in American Film Review, Black Film Review, Living Blues, and the anthologies Good Country People, Kerouac at the Wild Boar, and Dream Garden: The Poetic Vision of Fred Chappell.

He is recipient of the department's Bertie Fearing Excellence in Teaching Award; the Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration; the R. Hunt Parker Award for Lifetime Contributions to NC Literature; the Jack Kerouac Literary Prize; and most recently with his wife, Elizabeth, the Brown-Hudson Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society.


B.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.F.A. University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Research Interests

Creative Nonfiction
Contemporary Publishing
Southern Culture (esp. literature, foods, music)
North Carolina Writers
Beat Generation and Black Mountain College
Early African-American Vaudeville, Film, and Music
Music (esp. early jazz, blues, and ragtime)
Circus History

Courses Taught

ENGL 4860/6860: Advanced Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 3860: Intro to Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing