Former Meredith College Writer-in-Residence Betty Adcock was one of four writers to be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. The 2014 inductees were honored in a ceremony at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines on October 12. She was also honored at Meredith as part of English Week.
The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature. Inductions are held every other year.
Largely self-educated, Adcock studied and wrote poetry through early marriage, early motherhood, and more than a decade working in the business world. After her first book was published, she held a teaching residency for a semester at Duke University. Other residencies followed, culminating in an ongoing position as Writer in Residence at Meredith College in Raleigh, where she taught until 2006 and twice held the Mary Lynch Johnson Professorship. She is the author of six poetry collections and the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the North Carolina Medal for Literature, among many other honors and awards.