Hank Nuwer has put together a life revolving around writing, adventure, teaching and family. Best known
for his four books and expertise on hazing, his new book is a novel titled "Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey."
Just as a reading of many books does invariably shape the educated reader, so too do classroom experiences with different professors shape the college undergraduate. As a rough but unready undergraduate myself in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, I was influenced beyond measure by an incredible English professor at Buffalo State College.
Fraser Drew corresponded with the likes of John Masefield and Robinson Jeffers, even traveling to Cuba to speak face-to-face with Ernest Hemingway and get his signature on first editions to use as trolling bait for undergraduates.
It's fair to say that Hemingway was an influence, and I hope my own direct uncomplicated word choices are appreciated by readers.
Since my latest book "Sons of teh West: A Basque Odyssey" is a book for young adults set in late nineteenth-century Idaho with two brothers and a dog named Lazarus as its heroes, I ought to pay homage to four other direct influences, the authors Jim Kjelgaard, Robert Laxalt (who was kind and encouraging to me), Jesse Stuart (we corresponded) and Jim Kjelgaard (I own all his book titles).
Birth Place: Buffalo, NY USA
Accomplishments: Honorary doctorate from Buffalo State College, 2006.
Ball State University Journalism Hall of Fame
New York Public Library award for best juvenile book (To the Young Writer) of 2002.
Wrongs of Passage by Hank Nuwer Matrix: The Magazine for Leaders in Education, Sept, 2000 by Colleen Roach
Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking Hank Nuwer (Indiana University Press, 1999; 2001) Reviewed by Colleen Roach
College administrators receive failing grades in Wrongs of Passage, an alarming book about young people literally dying to belong to Greek orga... Amazon.com
Short Stories The Broken Pledge by Hank Nuwer My play is about a grandfather who loses his grandson in a hazing incident.
Hank Nuwer Author Site
Contains some of my favorite magazine pieces, book links, and interviews with authors such as Louis L'Amour, Kurt Vonnegut, Rosemary Rogers, Mickey Spillane, John Jakes and James Dickey.
The Hank Nuwer Collection at Buffalo State College
"In 1999, he wanted to give something to the college in honor of Professor Fraser Drew, who inspired him to write, and in honor of a fellow classmate, the late Joe Nikiel. His gift to the college is a collection of signed books, signed letters from authors with whom he corresponded, photographs, and drafts of some of his manuscripts." From the BSC Library Site
I have enjoyed conducting writer workshops at the Midwest Writers Conference (2013) and other venues.
Besides southern Indiana, my favorite haunts are northern Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, White Pine County, Nevada; central Idaho, and the Denali Park area of Alaska.