timeline

1951
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. 

1969
Graduated from Graham High School.

1972 
Chapel Hill. A.B from UNC-CH, with a double-major in English and journalism. 

1973
Rocky Mount. Worked as publications assistant at Henry Thorpe & Associates. 

1974
Greensboro. Clerk, Waldenbooks. Part-time while studying at UNC-G.

1975
Greensboro. MFA from UNCG, in fiction writing.

1975-76
Winston-Salem. Assistant manager, Waldenbooks.

1976-78
Gastonia.  Manager, Waldenbooks.

1978-80
Athens, Georgia. Clerk, Barnett’s Newsstand. 

1980
Greensboro. Quality crew chief supervisor, US Census.

1980-81
Chalmette, Louisiana. English/U.S. History teacher, Chalmette High School. 

1981-2004
Greenville, NC. English Department, East Carolina University. Lecturer, assistant & associate professor.

1984
Edited two collections of poetry: Dreaming the Blues: Poems from Martin County and (co-edited with Luke Whisnant) Leaves of Greens: the Collard Poems.

1986
Began restoration work and research on “Pitch a Boogie Woogie”

1988
Wrote and co-produced (with Susan Massengale) the UNC-TV documentary Boogie in Black and White.

1991
Named founding editor of the North Carolina Literary Review

1991
Dillon, SC. Married Elizabeth Edgerton, from Chapel Hill

1999
Son, Silas James born in Greenville.

2004
Moved to Fountain

2018
Retired from ECU.

a more personal timeline, developed from the sorting out process of emptying boxes–a good way to bide pandemic time.