born in Burlington and subsequently grew up in Graham, the second of four children born to Iva Ruth Buckner Albright of Graham & James Alexander Albright of Mebane.
Graduated from Graham High School.
Chapel Hill. A.B from UNC-CH, with a double-major in English and journalism.
Rocky Mount. Worked as publications assistant at Henry Thorpe & Associates.
Greensboro. Clerk, Waldenbooks. Part-time while studying at UNC-G.
Greensboro. MFA from UNCG, in fiction writing.
Winston-Salem. Assistant manager, Waldenbooks.
Gastonia. Manager, Waldenbooks.
Athens, Georgia. Clerk, Barnett’s Newsstand.
Greensboro. Quality crew chief supervisor, US Census.
Chalmette, Louisiana. English/U.S. History teacher, Chalmette High School.
Greenville, NC. English Department, East Carolina University. Lecturer, assistant & associate professor.
Edited two collections of poetry: Dreaming the Blues: Poems from Martin County and (co-edited with Luke Whisnant) Leaves of Greens: the Collard Poems.
Traveled in Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.
Began restoration work and research on “Pitch a Boogie Woogie”
Wrote and co-produced (with Susan Massengale) the UNC-TV documentary Boogie in Black and White.
Named founding editor of the North Carolina Literary Review
Dillon, SC. Married Elizabeth Edgerton, from Chapel Hill
Son, Silas James born in Greenville
Moved to Fountain
Taught creative writing summer session for ECU in Prague
Retired from ECU.
a more personal timeline, developed from the sorting out process of emptying boxes–a good way to bide pandemic time.