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Wilma Dykeman, American writer, educator. Guggenheim fellow, 1956-1957, National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1976-1977; recipient North Carolina award for Lit, 1985, Distinguished Southern Writers award Southern Festival of Books, 1989; North Carolina Gold medal for Contribution to American letters, 1985.


Dykeman, Wilma was born on May 20, 1920 in Asheville, North Carolina, United States. Daughter of Willard J. and Bonnie (Cole) Dykeman.


Bachelor of Science inSpeech, Northwestern University, 1940. Doctor of Letters, Maryville College, 1974. Doctor of Humane Letters, Tennessee Wesleyan College, 1978.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University North Carolina, Asheville, 1997.


Lecturer English Department, University Tennessee, Knoxville, 1975-1995; Adjunct Professor, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1985-1995. Columnist Knoxville News-Sentinel, since 1962. Historian State of Tennessee, since 1980.

National lecturer in field. Board directors First Union Bank.



Trustee Berea College, 1971-1995, Phelps Stokes Fund, 1981-1991, University North Carolina-Asheville, 1985-1991. Active Friends of Great Smokies National Park. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Authors Guild, Southern History Association, Cosmos Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma.


Married James R. Stokely Junior, October 12, 1940 (deceased 1977). Children: Dykeman Cole, James R. III.

Willard J. Dykeman

Bonnie (Cole) Dykeman

James R. Stokely Junior

Dykeman Cole Dykeman

James R. III Dykeman