Past Participants (A-D)

 

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SHIRLEY ABBOTT (1992-1993) wrote Love's Apprentice,Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South, The Bookmaker's Daughter: A Memory Unbound, and most recently, The Future of Love. She studied at the University of Grenoble on a Fulbright Scholarship.

ANNE V. ADAMS (1990-1991), Director of Cornell University's Africana Institute, is a specialist in African and Caribbean studies and in African-American women's literature. She edited Fifty African and Caribbean Women Writers, Ngambika: Studies of Women in African Literature, and The African Experience in Community Development: The Continuing Struggle in Africa and the Americas.

PHILIP ADAMS (2008-2009) graduated from Hendrix College in 2004 with a Spanish major. He has worked extensively as a video producer and event manager, including work for New York Fashion Week, University of Arkansas, CNN Larry King Live, Arkansas Governor's School, and his current position in video production for the Office of Governor Mike Beebe in Little Rock.

SAMUEL ADLER (1997-1998) is a composer of operas, symphonies, string quartets, concerti, chamber music, and choral music. He has taught at the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Cincinnati. He is now on the faculty at the Juilliard School of Music.

ARNOLD ADOFF (1985-1986) is a poet and anthologist of Black American poetry. His first picture book, MA DA LA, was named an ALA Notable Children's Book, and his second, Black Is Brown Is Tan, was a School Library Journal Best Children's Book in1973. 1985

CHRISTINE AHMED-SAIDI (1999-2000) is a historian who uses linguistics in her study of early African and Afro-Mexican history. She is also a documentary filmmaker who focuses on international gender issues.

AMA ATA AIDOO (1994-1995) is the author of Changes, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa, and Someone Talking to Sometime, which won the Mandela Prize for Poetry.Distinguished Professor of English at Oberlin College, she has served as UNESCO/International PEN Women's Committee Travel Fellow and has been a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence.

KEN ALBERS (1995-1996,2011-2012) is an actor and director with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His acting and directing have been seen throughout the nation at the American Player's Theatre, the Actors Company of Cleveland, The Cleveland Play House, The New American Theatre, The National Theatre of the Deaf, Deaf West Theatre Company in Los Angeles, and the Missouri Rep among many others.

LAURA KEECH ALLEN (2005-2006) is the editor of At Home in Arkansas.

SUZANNE SISSON ALSTADT (1998-1999, 2002-2003, 2006-2007, and2007-2008) graduated from Hendrix in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in religion.  She then earned a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003.  She has worked for UAMS since then and is currently the Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  She has performed in The Elephant Man, A Little Night Music, and Jeffrey at the Weekend Theatre in Little Rock. She also acted in The Art of Dining, Pentecost, All My Sons, and Unchanging Love as a Hendrix Player.

MEADE ANDREWS (1992-1993,1994-1995, and 1998-1999) is on the faculty of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, where she recently choreographed the award-winning revival of the musical Hair. She is the former Director of the Dance Program at American University, and she has taught workshops worldwide, including residencies at the Penland School and the American College Dance Festival.

MAYA ANGELOU (1982-1983) is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. Her autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings won the National Book Award, the North Carolina Award in Literature, and Sara Lee Corporation's Frontrunner Award. Her most recent memoir is A Song Flung up to Heaven. In 1998 she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. She has appeared in, written, and directed numerous films.

MAX APPLE teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of The Oranging of America, Roommates, and most recently The Jew of Home Depot among other works.

PETER APPLEBOME (1997-1998) is the author of Dixie Rising, an account of Southern culture's influence on the United States, and A Father's Unlikely Foray Into the Woods. He is Deputy Metropolitan Editor for the New York Times.

ARKANSAS COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY (1993-1994 and 2005-2006) was founded by University of Central Arkansas mathematics professor David Peterson and his wife, Donna. The group, along with the Arkansas Scottish Country Dance Society, hosts the annual Twelfth Night Ball and Revels in Little Rock.

FREDDIE ASHLEY (2010-2011) was appointed Artistic Director of Actor's Express in July 2007. He has directed AE productions of Fair Use, Grey Gardens, Zanna Don't, Mauritius, Finn in the Underworld,Hedwig and the Angry Inch, When Something Wonderful Ends, dark play or stories for boys (Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top Ten of2007), The Great American Trailer Park Musical, I Am My Own Wife (AJC Top Ten of 2007) and The Last Sunday in June. Other directing credits include Cabaret (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), The Last Schwartz (Jewish Theatre of the South); A Man of No Importance (Theatre Gael, AJC Best Musical Revival of 2004); Lawrenceburg (World Premiere - Dad's Garage, AJC Top Ten of 2006); and Camelot,Glorious, Wait Until Dark, Waving Goodbye, Moon Over Buffalo, As It is In Heaven and Lend Me a Tenor (Aurora Theatre). Prior to joining AE, Ashley served as Literary Manager of the Alliance Theatre (recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award), where he served as dramaturg for 30 productions and developed work with such playwrights as Kenneth Lin, Tammy Ryan and OyamO. Other play development activities include work with Jewish Theatre of the South, Kennedy Center, the New Group and Page 73Productions. He has received the Elliot Hayes Award for Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and in2007 was awarded an Arts Encouragement Award from the Charles Loridans Foundation. He serves on the faculty of Kennesaw State University and holds degrees from Shorter College and the University of Southern Mississippi.

ASHLIE ATKINSON (2007-2008 and 2009-2010), Hendrix class of 2001, originally from Little Rock, graduated in 2003 from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. A 2005 Theatre World Award winner for originating the role of Helen in Neil's LaBute's Fat Pig, she most recently appeared as Phoebe in Much Ado About Nothing and Juno in The Tempest  for The Bridge Project, the 2010 international tour directed by Sam Mendes. Other New York stage roles include Vivian Proclo in the Broadway revival of The Ritz  and Midge in SecondStage's Judith Ivey-helmed Butcher of Baraboo.Ashlie is currently in rehearsals for The Book Club Play at Arena Stage in Washington DC. She also has numerous film and television roles to her credit,including Rescue Me, Inside Man, Eat Pray Love,Louie, Bored To Death, The Invention of Lying, All Good Things, The Unusuals, and all 3 New York incarnations of Law &Order. However, Atkinson is perhaps most proud of her affiliation with Gotham Girls Roller Derby.

GER'SHUN AVILEZ (2006-2007) is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.

NATALIE BABBITT (1983-1984) is a writer and illustrator of children's books, including Herbert Rowbarge, Tuck Everlasting, The Devil's Storybook, Phoebe's Revolt, and Nellie: A Cat on Her Own.

MICHAEL BARON (1986-1987) teaches English at Birkbeck College, University of London, and has published and edited books on Romantic and post-Romantic literature.

TRACY BARRETT(2010-2011) is a Children's and Classics scholar who unites her interests in the ancient and medieval worlds in her fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of numerous works that include the award-winning young-adult novel, Anna of Byzantium, as well as The Beast of Blackslope and On Etruscan Time. Her most recent publications include The Case That Time Forgot, the third book of "The Sherlock Files," and King of Ithaka, a young-adult novel based on Homer's Odyssey. She currently teaches Italian, Women's Studies, and Humanities at Vanderbilt University.

WESLEY BEAL (2006-2007) is a graduate student at the University of Florida.

MARCK L. BEGGS is Associate Professor at Henderson State University, where he also directs the Master of Liberal Arts Program. He is the founder and poetry editor of the Arkansas Literary Forum. He was awarded the Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry in 1997. In 2006 his song "Blue Cats and UFO's" was featured as the track of the day at garageband.com.

MARVIN BELL (1948-1985) is Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters at the University of Iowa. He has published seventeen volumes of poetry and essays including Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000; Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See, a National Book Award Finalist; and A Probable Volume of Dreams, awarded the Lamont Prize.

DIANA TREVINO BENET (2008-2009) is Associate Professor at the University of North Texas where she specializes in seventeenth-century English literature.  She is the author of Secretary of Praise and Something to Love. She is also the coeditor of Literary Milton and a commentary editor of the Elegies volume of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Milton Studies, Milton Quarterly, and Modern Philology.

JEFF BENSON (2008-2009, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012) graduated from Hendrix College in 2001 with a double major in Theatre Arts and Religion. After graduation, Benson attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater for a two-year certification program. Benson has appeared in several films, television programs, and commercials, including Law and Order: SVU and Sean Gallagher's film Good Night which is scheduled to be released in December 2011.

ERIC BENTLEY (1987-1988) is a renowned playwright, critic, and translator. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998. His works include Bentley on Brecht, Rallying Cries, The Kleist Variations, The Life of the Drama, and Thinking About the Playwright. He is also featured in the original cast recording of four Brecht plays.

DARBY GRACE BERANEK (2001-2002 and 2006-2007), graduated from Hendrix with a Biology degree in 2005. Born and raised in North Little Rock, she participated in numerous theatrical productions at the Arkansas Arts Center and North Little Rock High School, as well as several Playwright's Theatre productions. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is currently a pharmacist in Little Rock.

AJ BERNA (2005-2006) is winner of the 2005-2006 Playwriting Contest for The Santa Claus Cometh.

MARTIN BERNAL (1990-1991) is Professor of Government Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization; Volume I: The Fabrication of Ancient Greece, 1785-1985 and Volume II, Greece: Aryanor Mediterranean?

DAVID BEVINGTON (1984-1985), Professor of English at the University of Chicago, specializes in medieval and renaissance drama. His publications include editions of medieval and Shakespearean drama, From Mankind to Marlowe: Growth of Structure in the Popular Drama of Tudor England; Action is Eloquence: Shakespeare's Language of Gesture; Henry IV, Parts I and II: Critical Essays, and a critically acclaimed edition of Shakespeare's complete works.

STEPHEN G. BLOOM (2009-2010) is co-creator with Peter Feldstein of the book The Oxford Project. After Feldstein photographed almost every resident of Oxford, Iowa twice-once in 1984 and again in2004-Bloom collected stories of how their lives had changed and compiled them in the book.

MAXWELL BLOOMFIELD III (1986-1987) is Professor Emeritus of History and Law at The Catholic University of America and author of such books as American Lawyers in a Changing Society, 1776-1876 and Alarms and Diversions: The American Mind through American Magazines, 1900-1914.

MARTIN BOGAN (2001-2002 and 2006-2007) graduated from Hendrix in 1985 with a B.A. in theatre arts. Currently, he is the Creative Director of the Two For Tea Design Studio. After graduating from Hendrix, he studied classical mime under Marcel Marceau in 1988. He is also the founder of MiM, a Portland, Oregon, Mime Troop and cofounder of the Tapestry Theatre Company, also of Portland.  

BARBARA BOSCH (1992-1993) is Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has acted in and directed plays in California, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and the Netherlands. Her credits include productions of the work of William Shakespeare, Jean Racine, Thornton Wilder, Jules Feiffer, Harold Pinter, Arthur Miller, and Eugene O'Neill.

KEVIN BOWEN (2004-2005) was drafted and served in the Viet Nam war from 1968 to 1969 and has written about his experience in a number of forms, including his first book, Playing Basketball with the Viet Cong. He has served as Director of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. His most recent novel is entitled The Third Funeral. He has worked together with other visiting poet Nguyen Ba Chung on a number of translations.

KIRK BOYD (2009-2010), Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, has 30years of theatrical management and artistic experience, including 17 years with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and nine years as artistic director of the Willamette Repertory Theatre in Eugene, Oregon, which he founded.

KATE BRANNON (2007-2008) was the stage manager for the Hendrix Playwright's Theatre production of Wives of Circle Five.

RICHARD BRAUTIGAN (1980-1981) was a poet and novelist. His work includes Trout Fishing in America, In Watermelon Sugar, and Please Plant This Book.

KEVIN BROCKMEIER won the 2003 Porter Fund Literary Prize for his works of poetry and fiction. A former University of Arkansas Little Rock faculty member, Brockmeier is the author of the story collection Things That Fall From the Sky and the City of Names, a children's novel. His first novel was The Truth About Celia. A second children's novel, Grooves: or The True-Life Outbreak of Weirdness, is forthcoming.

CLEANTH BROOKS (1978-1979 and 1982-1983), the late Professor Emeritus of Yale University, inaugurated the Murphy programs at Hendrix in 1978. An authority on modern British and American literature, he helped found the Formalist school of literary criticism. His books include William Faulkner: First Encounters, Understanding Poetry, Modern Poetry and the Tradition, and The Language of the American South.

GWENDOLYN BROOKS (1993-1994) was the first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize. She served as Poet Laureate of Illinois. She was Consultant-in-Poetry to the Library of Congress, received the Poetry Society of America's highest honor, as well as the National Book Foundation Medal for "distinguished contribution of American letters."

RUTHANN CURRY BROWNE (2008-2009) has directed, acted in, written, and produced plays from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts to New York's Broadway. Currently teaching theatre at the University of Central Arkansas, she is also the director for the UCA Theatre Foundation's Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas. While serving as Murphy Visiting Theatre Director in the 2008-2009 school year, she directed a student theatrical production of the musical comedy Hot Mikado.

JULIA BUDENZ (1992-1993) is a poet and classicist who has assisted with research, translation, and editing in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. She has held residencies and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Departments of Comparative Literature and of English at Harvard University, the Djerassi Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo.

ANDREA HOLLANDER BUDY (1992-1993), Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, is author of three chapbooks and two full-length collections of poems including The Other Life, House Without a Dreamer, and Woman in the Painting. She has won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, the WORDS Award in Poetry, the Porter Fund Award for Literary Excellence, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council, and both the Wesleyan and Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences.

RALPH BURNS edits Crazyhorse and co-directs creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has been awarded Arkansas's Porter Prize, the Field Poetry Prize, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Award for the Best First Book in Poetry, and two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

R.L. BURNSIDE (1994-1995) is a singer and musician who is considered a musical descendant of Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, and Muddy Waters. His CDs include Wish I was in Heaven Sitting Down, Come on In, and Too Bad Jim.

HÉLÈNE BUTEUX of Gravelines, France, completed her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Charles DeGaulle-Lille 3, and she studied at Hendrix as an exchange student. Her major field of study is English and American Society.

JACK BUTLER teaches creative writing at College of Santa Fe and has published several novels and volumes of poetry, including Dreamer, Jujitsu for Christ, Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock, and The Kid Who Wanted to Be a Spaceman.

CONNIE CAMPBELL (2007-2008) helped to design costumes for the Hendrix Playwright's Theatre's production of Wives of Circle Five.

NATALIE CANERDAY (2005-2006 and 2007-2008) was a member of the Hendrix class of 1985, and is a Russellville native, has appeared in 32 feature films and shorts, including the critically acclaimed "Sling Blade." She has also appeared in "Walk the Line" and opposite Diane Ladd in "When I Find the Ocean." She has performed in over 89 stage productions and is the voice of Spanish teacher Senora Caney on Fox's "King of the Hill" series. In 2000 she was invited to perform at the prestigious Sundance Institute Filmmakers Lab.  She has received the Best Actress Award at the Gatlinburg Screen Festival (2009) and the Hendrix Odyssey Award for Lifetime Achievement in Artistic Creativity (2008). Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Board of the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival and was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast (1996). She now lives in Little Rock and can be frequently seen at Murry's Dinner Playhouse.

CLINTON CARGILE (2009-2010) graduated from Hendrix with a degree in Theatre Arts in 2001. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, where he has been involved in almost every aspect of the film and television industries. He lives in West Hollywood, where he currently works with Paramount Pictures, ADD Marketing, and the Shine Theatre Company. Clinton can be seen starring in the film Rolling (2009).

BROOKS CARUTHERS (2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, and 2009-2010) currently works for the Central Arkansas Library System, Terry Branch, in Little Rock. A published playwright and author, he has worked with a Little Rock theatre group called Red Octopus in the past 12 years in various capacities. He was also instrumental in forming the Alumni and Student Playwriting Contest at Hendrix in 1985, which led to the creation of Playwright's Theatre as a venue to show case the winning plays.

CLINT CATALYST (2009-2010), Hendrix alum, is a jack-of-all trades: he boasts a successful career as an author, stylist, model, spoken word performer, club personality, and contributing editor at Swindle Quarterly in Los Angeles. His images have appeared inmagazines, on postcards, and in books, and his literary works have won numerous awards and been on bestseller lists both on Amazon.com and in the Los Angeles Times.

CANDACE DENISE CAULEY (2000-2001 and 2004-2005) is a former Hendrix student who presented her play, NO! at the annual Playwright's Theatre reading, an extension of the Foundation's Playwriting Contest that produces a dramatic reading of a new, previously unproduced play by a current or former Hendrix student.

DAVID CHAPMAN (1997-1998 and 1998-1999) is Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and has conducted writing workshops in colleges in Alabama, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, and elsewhere.

FRANK CHIN (2008-2009) became the first recognized Chinese American playwright when his play, The Chickencoop Chinaman, opened on Broadway in 1972. Considered the father of modern Asian Americanism, his works include short fiction, plays, novels, reviews, essays, opinion, and research pieces on Chinese and Japanese America. He is the principal editor of Aiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers.

NGUYEN BA CHUNG (2004-2005) is a poet of the William Joiner center for the Study of War and its Social Consequences (University ofMassachusetts-Boston). As a writer, poet, and translator, Chung, are search associate at the center, has published volumes of poetry in his native Vietnamese and his essays and translations have appeared in several journals. He worked together with other visiting poet Kevin Bowen on a series of translations.

JOHN CHURCHILL (1995-1996 and 2004-2005), nationally recognized philosopher and scholar and Secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society has written extensively about the importance of the study of liberal arts. He has taught philosophy at Hendrix College for 28 years and was Dean of the College for 17 of those years, serving twice as Interim President.

LEROY CLARK (1989-1990) is Professor and Director of Theatre, Chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Speech at Florida International University. He has worked as a playwright and director in theatres across the United States, having directed more than 80 productions. His plays have taken top honors in regional competitions and have been produced in professional, community, and university theatres.

ANDREI CODRESCU (1990-1991) is a poet and Professor of English at Louisiana State University. He appears frequently on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Volumes of poetry include License to Carry a Gun and Comrade Past and Mister Present. Editor of Exquisite Corpse: A Monthly Review of Books and Ideas, he also wrote A Hole in the Flag, The Blood Countess, and Zombification, a collection of his NPR essays. His most recent publications are New Orleans, Mon Amour and The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess. His movie Road Scholar earned a Peabody Award.

TODD CONNER (1993-1994), Hendrix class of 1983, is an actor and playwright. His play, The Grendelmas, won the 1991 Hendrix-Murphy playwriting award. He was Artistic Director of The Playwrights Project in Dallas. Conner's adaptation and direction of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe drew popular and critical acclaim. He performed in Arthur Miller's After the Fall for The Great American Play Series in Los Angeles.

HOPE NORMAN COULTER (1992-1993, 1994-1995, 1997-1998, and 2000-2001) teaches creative writing at Hendrix College. Her published work includes novels, Dry Bones: A Novel, The Errand of the Eye: A Novel, and a children's book, Uncle Chuck's Truck, as well as several short stories and poems. Honors include Phi Beta Kappa, Arkansas's Porter Fund for Literary Excellence, the Munn Prize for English studies, and several awards for her fiction. She earned a bachelor's degree cum laude in English at Harvard.

LOUISE COWAN (1984-1985) studies Southern literature, Russian literature, and comedy. Her published books include The Southern Critic and The Fugitive Group.

STANLEY CRAWFORD (2011-2012), a farmer and an author, uses literature - personal reflections, hard-hitting journalism, community theater, satirical fiction, and other forms - to help maintain community traditions, prevent destructive forces from transforming his region, and establish stronger local institutions in his home state of New Mexico.

RAMONA PIPKIN CRIPPEN (2002-2003 and 2006-2007) is currently working with the compliance department for Nuvell Financial Services in Little Rock. She appeared in After the Fall at Hendrix in 1986, and inseveral one-act plays while a student. She helped establish the Rosemary Henenberg Theatre Arts Scholarship at Hendrix.  She is an active member of the CARE for Animals' Board of Directors andserves as Class Agent for the Hendrix Alumni Association.

SIMON CRITCHLEY (2010-2011) is author of On Humour, professor of philosophy, and scholar of many related fields. He integrates humor, comedy, and laughter into broader social and humanistic concerns. His work exemplifies his belief that humor has the capacity to reveal the absurdities of the world, render them laughable, and thus facilitate social change for the better. He is currently Chair and Professor of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York City.

WILLIAM CRONON (1996-1997) is an environmental historian whose books include Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists and the Ecology of New England; Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West; Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature; and Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America's Western Past. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

BLAND CROWDER (1993-1994) is the Ima Graves Peace Professor of English at Hendrix College. He teaches and publishes on Victorian literature, Browning, Shakespeare, and poetry. In 2005 he was awarded the Studies Award by The South Atlantic Modern Language Association for a biography he wrote called Wakeful Anguish: A Literary Biography of William Humphrey. He is the winner of at least 11 awards and grants in the past, including the Fulbright Scholarship.

JERRY L. CRAWFORD (1992-1993) is Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts andBarrick Distinguished Scholar at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also Director of Literary Seminars at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and Dean of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center. He has written many plays and is co-author of a major book on acting, Acting In Person and In Style.

KEVIN CRAWFORD (2007-2008) is a prize-winning director and founding member of the Roy Hart Theatre Company, currently program director of the Accademia del'Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and served as the 2007-2008 Murphy Visiting Theatre Director

HARRY CREWS (1982-1983) is a novelist whose work includes Celebration, A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, Blood and Grits, A Feast of Snakes,The Knockout Artist, All We Need of Hell, Scar Lover, Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader, The Mulching of America and in 2006 he published his 23rd novel, An American Family.

LESLEY DANCER (2007-2008) is co-author of the plays Life During and Wives of the Circle Five. Wives of the Circle Five a dark comedy set in a trailer park where nothing (and yet everything) happens. The playwrights were inspired by the song of the same title written by Darius Holbert, and released by his band, dariustx, on its latest album, "tothethingsthemselves."

EMILY M. DANFORTH (ShopTalk: 2011-2012), author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, has an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.She works as the assistant director of the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference, teaches creative writing and literature courses at Rhode Island College, and is coeditor of The Cupboard.

BEI DAO (2008-2009) is considered one of modern China's most gifted writers and is a major poet of the Misty School.  He is the co-founder of the literary magazine Today (Jintian), which is a prominent forum for Misty Poets, a group whose political protest and social commentary are manifested in obscure images and metaphors. Many ofthe Misty Poets, including Dao, were in exile since the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 until 2006. His books of poetry include Unlock; At the Sky's Edge: Poems 1991-1996; Landscape OverZero; Forms of Distance; Old Snow and The August Sleepwalker.

CAROL BOYCE DAVIES (1990-1991) is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York, Binghamton. She researches and teaches African-American and African literature, black women's writing, Caribbean oral literature and folk culture, and feminist aesthetics. She is an editor of Ngambika: Studies of Women in African Literature.

PETER HO DAVIES (2008-2009) has been named by Granta magazine as one of the "Best of Young British Novelists." He is the author of two volumes of prize-winning short stories and one novel. His work has been widely anthologized in such collections as Best American Short Stories.  Mr. Davies directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.

CEDELL DAVIS (1994-1995) is a musician and songwriter rooted in the blues. He cites Robert Nighthawk and Robert Johnson as influences on his own playing. His CDs include Feel Like Doin' Something Wrong and The Horror of it All.

LYDIA DAVIS (2010-2011) is an acclaimed fiction writer and translator, as well as an innovator of the short story form. Her work is known for its brevity and humor, as well as her stylistic hallmark of minimalist wordplay. She is the author of six collections of short fiction, including Varieties of Disturbance, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award; Break It Down; Samuel Johnson Is Indignant; and a novel, The End of the Story.

ROBERT DAWSON (1989-1990) is a professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Texas, Austin. He has published on eighteenth-century French literature.

MAX DEITCHLER (2011-2012) graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School. He also has a good deal of political experience, having worked on campaigns in Arkansas, Iowa, Delaware, and Michigan, andhaving served in the office of the Arkansas Lieutenant Governor.

ANDREW DELBANCO (2000-2001 and 2002-2003) is Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities and a member of the History Department at Columbia University. A Fellow of the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers, he writes frequently on American culture for numerous national journals and newspapers and has co-directed a number of seminars for high school and college teachers at the National Humanities Center and under the sponsorship of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now,The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope and both published in 2006, Melville: His World and Workand Edgar Allan Poe.

TOMIE DEPAOLA (1987-1988) is an artist and children's author, as well as Creative Director of Whitebird Books for Putnam Books. His Strega Nona was a Caldecott Honor Book, and his Charlie Needs a Cloak was a Children's Book Showcase title. Other publications include The Art Lesson, Haircuts for the Woolseys, Too Many Hopkins, Mary: The Mother of Jesus, and The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica, which he illustrated for another former Murphy visitor, Kathleen Norris.

J. L. DILLARD (1988-1989) is a scholar of Black English at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. A leading linguist, Dillard isauthor of Black English, Its History and Usage in the United States; Perspectives on Black English; and Black Names.

JOEL DiPIPPA (2005-2006) graduated from Hendrix in 2000 with a B.A. intheatre and psychology. He currently lives in Little Rock and works as an attorney for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration and is an adjunct professor at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. He says he not been involved with nearly enough theatre since he left Hendrix.

WENDY DONIGER (1987-1988) is Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions and Chair of the Area of History of Religions at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. Her publications include Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities; Tales of Sex and Violence; Other Peoples' Myths: The Cave of Echoes; and Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts. She is also the author of a new translation of the Kamasutra.

DAVID DOOLEY (1992-1993) is a poet and a paralegal in San Antonio. His published work includes The Volcano Inside and The Revenge by Love.

RITA DOVE (1998-1999) is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She was the first African American Poet Laureate of the United States, and she has won the Pulitzer Prizefor Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the NAACP Great American Artist Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Heinz Award. Her many publications include Mother Love, The Poet's World, The Darker Face of the Earth, Selected Poems, Through the Ivory Gate, Grace Notes, American Smooth: Poems, and in 2009, Sonata Mulattica.

ROBERT DRAKE (1982-1983) was a professor of English at the University of Tennessee. He wrote several books, including Amazing Grace, The Single Heart, The Burning Bush, The Home Place, and Survivors and Others, and a number of short stories.

ALAN DUNDES (1983-1984) is a folklorist. His honors include the Pitrè Prize, the Distinguished Teaching Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship,and an NEH Senior Fellowship. He is author of The Morphology of North American Indian Folk tales, Life Is Like A Chicken Coop Ladder: A Study of German National Character Through Folklore, Parsing Through Customs, Folklore Matters, Cracking Jokes, From Game to War, and Holy Writ as Oral Lit: The Bible as Folklore.

DAVID DUNLAP (2003-2004) uses his own journal as a jumping off point for his art, which has been exhibited in venues across the country, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois. Dunlap is recently retired from the University of Iowa.

RACHEL BLAU DUPLESSIS (1983-1984) is a poet and scholar of modern and contemporary writing. Her many publications include Writing Beyond the Ending, H.D.: The Career of That Struggle, and The Pink Guitar: Writing As Feminist Practice. In 2008 she was named a National Humanities Center Fellow whose project is titled, "Gender Debates and Cultural Power in Twentieth-Century American Poetries."

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