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Famous Warren Wilson College Alumni

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List of famous alumni from Warren Wilson College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Warren Wilson College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Warren Wilson College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Warren Wilson College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Warren Wilson College.

List is made up of many different graduates, including James Franco and David Wilcox.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Warren Wilson College?” and “Which celebrities are Warren Wilson College alumni?”
  • 1

    James Franco

    Film Producer, Model


    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, USA

    James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his roles in...  more

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  • 2


    BirthplaceMentor, Ohio

    David Patrick Wilcox (born March 9, 1958) is an American folk musician and singer-songwriter guitarist. He has been active in the music business since the late 1980s....  more
  • 3

    A. Van Jordan

    Poet, Writer


    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    A. Van Jordan (born 1965, Akron, Ohio) is an American poet. He is Collegiate Professor in the Department of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan and distinguished visiting...  more
  • 4

    Richard Gabriel

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceMerrimac, Massachusetts

    Richard P. Gabriel (born 1949) is an American computer scientist known for his work in computing related to the programming language Lisp, and especially Common Lisp. His best known work was a 1990...  more
  • 5

    Tony Earley

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Tony Earley (born 1961) is an American novelist and short story writer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, but grew up in North Carolina. His stories are often set in North Carolina.Earley studied...  more
  • 6

    Vyvyane Loh

    Novelist, Choreographer

    BirthplaceIpoh, Malaysia

    Vyvyane Loh (Chinese: Loh Hui-Shien) is a Malaysian-American novelist, choreographer, and physician....  more
  • 7


    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Michael Thomas is an American author. He won the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his debut novel Man Gone Down, receiving a prize of €100,000. Man Gone Down is also recommended by...  more
  • 8

    Billy Edd Wheeler

    Songwriter, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplaceWest Virginia

    Billy Edward "Edd" Wheeler (born December 9, 1932, Boone County, West Virginia, United States) is an American songwriter, performer, writer, and visual artist. His songs include "Jackson" (Grammy...  more
  • 9

    Heather McElhatton


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Heather McElhatton is a writer and producer for Public Radio International. McElhatton produced the literary series Talking Volumes from 2001 to 2006. From 2005 to 2007 she hosted the live variety...  more
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    Joe Wenderoth (born 1966) is an American writer, performer, teacher, and film-maker. He has published six books: four books of poetry, an epistolary novel, and a book of essays. Wenderoth curates...  more
  • 11

    Mary Jane Nealon

    Mary Jane Nealon is an American poet, and registered nurse....  more
  • 12

    Paul Jones

    Paul Jones (born February 5, 1950 in Hickory, North Carolina) is a graduate of NC State University and the Director of ibiblio, a contributor-run, digital library of public domain and creative...  more
  • 13

    Katie Spotz

    Katie Spotz (born 1987) is an American adventurer who became the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, departing from Dakar, Senegal on January 3, 2010, and landing in Guyana on...  more
  • 14

    Jim Schley

    Jim Schley is an American poet, teacher, editor, and theater artist. He is author of two poetry collections, most recently, As When, In Season (Marick Press, 2008), and has had his poems published in...  more
  • 15

    Reginald Dwayne Betts

    Poet, Memoirist


    Reginald Dwayne Betts (born February 1, 1980) is an American poet, memoirist, and teacher. As a result of a carjacking he committed at the age of sixteen, he spent over eight years in prison. He...  more