When I Go Back to My Home Country by Emily Herring Wilson
"I love it. It's right on, heartbreaking, heartthrobbingly good, real, and openly warm and readable."
—Shelby Stephenson, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former NC Poet Laureate
"Part loving biography, part autobiography, When I Go Back to My Home Country is a deeply felt narrative of Emily Wilson's long friendship with the celebrated poet A. R. Ammons. Unsparing in detail about a complex and enduring relationship, this memoir is a compelling account of her admiration and respect for one of our leading literary figures. Emily Wilson is a poet herself, and her story is a vivid and moving tribute, told with both candor and affection."
—Robert Morgan, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee
Emily Herring Wilson is the author of five collections of poetry and five nonfiction books, including The Three Graces of Val-Kill: Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, and Nancy Cook in the Place They Made Their Own. She and her husband, Ed Wilson, still live in the Wake Forest University campus neighborhood that welcomed Archie, Phyllis, and their son John to Winston-Salem in 1973, where Archie had come to spend a year on sabbatical from Cornell University.