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Wilson Selected to Complete Flannery O’Connor Novel

JBU Jessica WilsonJBUDr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, JBU associate professor of creative writing, received the 2017 Emerging Public Intellectual Award from The Center of Christian Scholarship. Jessica WilsonSILOAM SPRINGS, Arkansas (Nov. 30, 2017) – Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, JBU associate professor of creative writing, received the 2017 Emerging Public Intellectual Award from the Center of Christian Scholarship. The $5,000 award, sponsored and adjudicated by leading intellectuals in Cardus, the Action Institute, the Center for Public Justice, the Henry Institute and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, recognizes emerging scholars in Christian academy who are making a public impact.

One of the major contributions Wilson is making is through her work to complete Flannery
O’Conner’s unfinished novel, “Why Do the Heathen Rage” for publication. Approved for the
honour by O’Connor’s estate in 2015, Wilson received a grant from Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought, funded by the Templeton Religion Trust, to complete the work.

Selected as one of four Visiting Fellows per semester, Wilson is residing at Biola University for the fall 2017 semester and incorporating this year’s theme “Suffering & the Good Life” into her scholarship, research and writing. This fellowship will help Wilson prepare critical comments on O’Connor’s unfinished novel as it deals with suffering. Wilson will submit the novel to O’Connor’s estate by June 1, 2018 and will present her research at the annual Table Conference on “Suffering and Flannery O’Connor.”



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