Kelly Cherry ’61 received the 2016 lifetime achievement award from the alumni association of the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, where she earned a master of fine arts degree in 1967.
Cherry, a former poet laureate for Virginia, is the author of 27 works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her work has been published in more than 200 anthologies, and she has written more than 100 reviews for such publications as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the London Independent.
She was a professor at the University of Wisconsin for more than 20 years before retiring in 1999.
UNC–Greensboro’s lifetime achievement award recognizes the recipient’s life of service, continuous personal growth, and a willingness to embrace the changing world. The award also recognizes outstanding achievement and service to one’s profession, community, and university.