David Wright is the author of Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Life Savers (Scribner, 2001), which was a New Yorker Notable Selection and one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Best Books of 2001. His writing has appeared in the Village Voice, Paste Magazine, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Shenandoah, Witness, Sixty-Four, Southern Review, Painted Bride Quarterly and African American Review. He has published essays on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, and the teaching of literacy. His television feature, The Pea Island Story, won a Salute to Excellence First Prize from the National Association of Black Journalists. He has held residencies at Yaddo, Macdowell, and the Blue Mountain Center, and has received a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters as well as an NEH Fellowship, a Paul Cuffe Fellowship, and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award.