Who is Wilma Dykeman?
Wilma Dykeman (1920 - 2006) was a writer, speaker, teacher, historian, & environmentalist.
She traveled and spoke widely, but she spent most of her life in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.
Among her many achievements in life, she:
-- made the first full-fledged economic argument against water pollution (seven years before Rachel Carson) in
her 1955 book The French Broad
-- won the Sidney Hillman Award for the best book of the year on social justice
-- wrote a novel (The Tall Woman) that has sold more than 200,000 copies
-- taught creative writing & Appalachian literature at the University of Tennessee for over 20 years
-- served on the boards of Berea College & the -- served as Tennessee State Historian for over 20 years
University of North Carolina at Asheville