Visiting Faculty 2013-2014


 Visiting Writer Trenton Lee Stewart,  the author of the award-winning, New York Times best-selling Mysterious Benedict Society series, has published fiction in The Georgia Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and The Chattahoochee Review.  His novel for adults, Flood Summer,is praised as “a Greek tragedy by way of Arkansas.” He is in residence at Hendrix College during the Spring semester as the Murphy Visiting Writer, teaching a creative writing course, “Writing and Publishing Fiction.”


Dr. Eric Binnie

Theatre Professor Emeritus Eric Binnie returns to campus to teach a Shakespeare course in the English Department.





Visiting Playwriting Instructor Werner Trieschmann, a 1986 graduate of Hendrix College, has published numerous plays, including Failing the ImprovYou Have to Serve Somebody and Killers, which have been staged across the country. His monologues have appeared in The Best Women's Stage Monologues 1999 and Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s. He received first prize in the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans New Play Competition for his play Lawn Dart and was the first playwright to receive the Porter prize for outstanding achievement by an Arkansas writer. He has an M.F.A. in playwriting from Boston University. Trieschmann is a freelance writer and busy adjunct professor living in Little Rock with his wife and two wild but beloved boys.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese Wenjia Liu teaches Chinese language and culture classes in the Department of Foreign Languages. She received a Ph.D. in 2010 and a M.A. in 2006 from the University of Oregon, while her bachelor's degree in 2003 is from Fudan University in China. Dr. Liu has taught at the College of the Holy Cross and at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include late imperial Chinese fiction, women and gender studies, Chinese contemporary literature and culture, and poetry from medieval and late imperial China period. 



Murphy Visiting Theatre Director Daniel Stein will direct a student theatrical production of his play, STILL. GOING FORWARD BACKWARD. According to Jeff Hudson of NPR Radio’s Morning Edition, it is “an enormously playful presentation in a visual sense, but very grown-up at the same time, with themes running to sexual attraction, infidelity, and relationships that break down.” Stein is currently the Head of Movement and Physical Theatre at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Theatre MFA Acting Program. He is also the Director of Theatre for the Accademia Dell’Arte Summer Institute in Arezzo, Italy. He spent 20 years in Paris, starting his professional career as an actor with the French National Theatre. His solo performances have toured in more than 30 countries and he has taught master classes throughout the world, also receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Pew Charitable Trust. He is also a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.