Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-02-03


Celebrated writer Wendell Berry will present this year’s lecture in the Thomas and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series at Samford University on Monday, Feb. 27. The popular author of more than 40 novels, short stories, poems and essays will speak at 7 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

Berry’s books include the novel Hannah Coulter (2004),the essay collections Citizenship Papers (2005), The Way of Ignorance ( 2006), and Given: Poems (2005).  Berry’s latest works include The Mad Farmer Poems (2008), Whitefoot (2009), and Traveling at Home (2011), a collection of 15 poems and one essay.

A Kentucky native, Berry is also known as a philosopher, farmer, environmentalist and social activist who lives and works on his farm in Port Royal, Ky.

The distinguished author series, established in 2011, honors the late Thomas Corts, who was president of Samford for 23 years, and his wife, Marla, a former high school English teacher for whom a missionary biography collection in the Samford library is named. Proceeds from the lecture will benefit Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies.

VIP tickets are $125 and include a pre-lecture reception at 6 p.m., reserved seating and a signed copy of  Traveling at Home, which was originally published as a limited edition in 1988. The new edition includes woodcuts by John DePol. General admission tickets are $25 and non-Samford student tickets are $10.  Samford students may attend free of charge.

Following the lecture, Berry will sign books.

To buy tickets go to and click on the Wendell Berry hot button, or call (205) 726-2853. Information is also available by emailing Della Fancher at


About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.