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ANGIE MACRI (2008-2009) graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (B.A., 1992). She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.A., 1994) and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (M.F.A., 1996.) Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as The Chattahoochee Review, Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review,Folio, Fugue, Louisiana Literature, New Delta Review, Puerto del Sol,and the Southern Indiana Review, and she will be the featured Illinois poet in volume 32, number 2 of The Spoon River Poetry Review. She was recently awarded an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Arkansas Arts Council.

DAVE MADDEN (ShopTalk: 2011-2012), author of The Authentic Animal, is a professor at the University of Alabama and coeditor of The Cupboard.

DAVID MADDEN (1982-1983) is the author of Bijou, The Suicide's Wife, Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War, and Cassandra Singing. As a literary scholar, he has written many books including Wright Morris, The Poetic Image in Six Genres, and Revising Fiction.

PHILIP MARTIN (2006-2007) is an editorial columnist and film critic for the Arkansas Democat-Gazette.

WILLIAM F. MAY (1986-1987) is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University. His work includes A Catalogue of Sins, The Physician's Covenant: Images of the Healer in Medical Ethics, The Patient's Ordeal, and Testing the Medical Covenant.

BRANDON MCCLINTON (2011-2012) is a 2006 Hendrix graduate and Rosemary E. Henenberg Scholar. He has spent time with the Peterborough Players of Peterborough, New Hampshire, co-producing and co-directing independent films, and working as an instructional assistant with the Arkansas School for the Blind. He currently works for the Department of Education.

DAVID MCCOLLUM, sports editor of the Log Cabin Democrat, has won more than 70 writing awards in his long career.

COLTER McCORKINDALE (2002-2003 and 2006-2007) is Web Designer for Epoch Online in Little Rock. He produced the Pat Lynch Show on Newsradio 920 KARN. He also teaches guitar and has recently launched a website for central Arkansas guitarists.

TADD McCULLOUGH (2011-2012), class of 2000, majored in Theatre Arts and then attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and Stetson Studios in New York City. He currently teaches yoga in Dallas and is also a certified personal trainer

JO McDOUGALL (1997-1998) taught English and creative writing at Pittsburgh State University in Kansas, where she directed the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series. She has authored four books of poetry: Dirt, The Woman in the NextBooth, Towns Facing Railroads, and From DarkeningPorches. Her awards have included an Academy of Poets award, a DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Writing award, a John Ciardi Fellowship, Arkansas's Porter Fund Award for Literary Excellence and in 2006 she received the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame Award. Her latest book of poetry is entitled Satisfied with Havoc. Her works were most recently produced as a play called Towns Facing Railroads by the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

ROBERT MCDOWELL (1992-1993) is an author, editor and publisher. He wrote Quiet Money and The Diviners, edited Poetry After Modernism, co-translated How I Came to Know Fish, and co-authored Sound and Form in Modern Poetry and The Reaper Essays. His work has appeared in Hudson Review, Poetry, Harvard Magazine, Sewanee Review, and The New Criterion.

MICHAEL McFEE (1992-1993) is a poet whose work includes Plain Air, Sad Girl Sitting on a Running Board, and Colander. He edited the anthology The Language They Speak Is Things to Eat: Poems by Fifteen Contemporary North Carolina Poets. Winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, he teaches at the University of North Carolina.

PAT McGRAW (1992-1993) teaches English at the University of Central Arkansas and has published Can You See Me Now? and Scattered Ants on a Bone.

LOIS P. McGUIRE (1985-1986 and 1987-1988) is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Central State University. She is the former Executive Theatre Director of the Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio, and she received Ohio University's Alumni Medal of Merit for notable achievement in education and the arts.

NELLIE McKAY (1990-1991), Professor of American and Afro-American Literature at the University of Wisconsin, has written and edited books about African-American women writers and their work including Critical Essays on Toni Morrison and Jean Toomer-the Artist: A Study of His Literary Life and Work, 1894-1936.

COLLEEN McKENNA (2001-2002) graduated summa cum laude from Hendrix College in 1987. In 2000, she received her Ph.D. in modern Irish poetry from the University of London. McKenna currently is a lecturer at University College London in the Department of Education and Professional Development.

EUGENE McKINNEY (1986-1987),  has written, produced, and published numerous plays including A Different Drummer; The People in the Glass Paperweight; and When You're By Yourself, You're Alone. He has also written several television scripts.

DENNIS MEREDITH (1998-1999) Hendrix Class of1982, is Technology Manager for Alltel Information Services. He sang in the Hendrix College Choir, played the trumpet, and acted in several Hendrix Players' productions including The Boyfriend, After the Fall, and Black Coffee.

NANCY MEREDITH (1998-1999), Hendrix Class of1983, is Faculty Engineer with South-western Bell Wireless. She performed in several Hendrix Players' productions including The Boyfriend, Yes, My Darling Daughter, and Don Juan.

NANCY MILFORD (1992-1993) is the author of Savage Beauty, a biography of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Zelda, a biography of the wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. She has also written about Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, and Toni Morrison. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

PAULINA MIÑO holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Santa Maria University and is working on her thesis. She has taught physics and mathematics and has worked as a volunteer building houses for homeless families and providing recreational activities for their children.

JENNIFER MIZENKO (2005-2006) is Dance Director at the University of Mississippi. She has directed the dance program at Ole Miss for over ten years and has taught movement and dance throughout the U.S. and Europe. The American College Dance Festival recognized her choreography with two awards. She also coordinated development of Dwight Rhoden's Before Now and After Then, which was part of Ole Miss's Racial Reconciliation Project and which was performed at the Kennedy Center in summer 2004.

N. SCOTT MOMADAY (1996-1997) is an acclaimed Native American poet. He won the Pulitzer Prize for House Made of Dawn. Other works include Owl in the Cedar Tree, The Way to Rainy Mountain, A Coyote in the Garden, The Ancient Child, and In the Presence of the Sun.

RAYBURN MOORE (1984-1985) is Professor of English and Chair of the Division of Language and Literature at the University of Georgia. He has published Constance Fenimore Woolson; Paul Hamilton Hayne; and Selected Letters of Henry James to Edmund Gosse, 1882-1915: A Literary Friendship. He edited the fiction of Woolson and Selected Letters of Hayne and of Henry James, and he served as senior editor of The History of Southern Literature.

MIKE MUELLER (1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2002-2003, and 2005-2006) is drama/speech teacher at North Little Rock High School's West Campus and has taught drama for the Arkansas Governor's School. He has also continued to act in Little Rock with occasional roles in films, training films and commercials. He has directed The Hobbit, The Muscadine Trellis and The Curious Savage.

JASON BURKE MURPHY (2008-2009) graduated from Hendrix in the class of 1993 and wrote the second-worst submissionin the Playwriting class he took under Dr. Rosemary Henenberg.  He acted in three productions with the Hendrix Players, two of them under the Murphy Foundation's guest director program.  In 1991, he participated in the Hendrix-in-Graz program in Austria, where he greatly enjoyed that city's dance, opera, and theater venues.  At Saint Louis University, he is currently a doctoral candidate in philosophy, researching contemporary German philosophy and political theory.  He has an essay, co-written with Todd Porter (also class of '93) in--Star Trek and Philosophy-- coming out later this year.

ANN MUSE (1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011) is assistant professor in the Department of Theatre Arts Hendrix. She earned her M.F.A. in theatre from the University of Memphis and performed in Circuit Theatre in Memphis.She was a founding member of Reponde de Capite, a small experimental theatre company in Little Rock during the late '80s and early '90s. Also, she was the educational program coordinator at the Arkansas Reparatory Theatre in Little Rock. She has been a lecturer at Hendrix, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Pulaski Technical College.

NADEEM NAIMY (1984-1985) is the author of Mikhail Naimy, al-Fann Wal-Hayat, Tariqal-Dhat Ila al-Dhat, Oisas Min Mikhail Naimy, An Anthology of Arab Poetry from Pre-Islamic Times until the Present, Gibran's Alihat al-Ard, and Three Lebanese Mystics From New York.

CARY NATHENSON (2000-2001) is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Houston. He has also taught at Grinnell College, Duke University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.He co-founded the Institute for Public Intellectuals in Chicago.

HOWARD NEMEROV (1986-1987), the late poet, novelist, and essayist, was third poet laureate of the U. S. Often proclaimed the godfather of New Formalism, he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov and the National Medal of Arts in 1987. His other works include Inside the Onion, Sentences, War Stories: Poems about Long Ago and Now, and New and Selected Essays.

BRUNO NETTL (1999-2000) is an ethnomusicologist at the University of Illinois whose work focuses on the music of Iran, South India, Native American Tribes, and the gypsy-influenced music of central Europe. His books include The Study of Ethnomusicology, Eight Urban Musical Cultures: Tradition and Change, and Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents.

FREDERICK NEUMAN (1997-1998 and 2000-2001) has been an Artistic Co-Director of Mabou Mines for over twenty-five years, and he has directed and performed in many of its productions, including Mercier and Camier,Company, and Worstward Ho. He has appeared in many productions on and off Broadway including The Iceman Cometh, Richard III, Red Devil Battery Sign, and The Changeling. His film credits include The Prince of Tides, Reversal of Fortune, and Working Gifts.

JULIANA "Makuchi" NFAH-ABBENYI (2002-2003) is both a fiction writer whose pen name is Makuchi and a literary critic who is a native of Cameroon, the only African nation to be colonized by three European powers: Germany, France, and Great Britain.

NGUGI WA THIONG'O (1993-1994) is Director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California-Irvine. He has received the Paul Robeson Award, the East African Novel Prize, and the Lotus Prize for Literature. Among his published works are The River Between, A Grain of Wheat and most recently Wizard of the Crow. In 2006 he participated in Stony Brook University's conference on Human Rights, Literature, and Imperialism.

KATHLEEN NORRIS (1996-1997) is a poet and essayist and wrote Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, and Cloister Walk, as well as five volumes of poetry and a children's book, The Holy Twins, Benedict and Scholastica, which was illustrated by another former Murphy visitor Tomie de Paola.

MARTHA NUSSBAUM (2007-2008) Dr. Nussbaum teaches at the University of Chicago in the Law and Divinity Schools and in the Philosophy, Classics, and Political Science Departments. Her research ranges from Aristotle, Greek theatre, and philosophy, to gender studies, to religion and social justice. She has also taught at Brown, Harvard, and Oxford Universities. Her visit is co-sponsored by the University of Central Arkansas.

TIM O'BRIEN (2003-2004) won the National Book Award in 1979 for Going After Cacciato and in 1990, he was awarded the Chicago Herald-Tribune Award for The Things They Carried. One of America's most celebrated writers, he is also the author of If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, The Lake in the Woods, and July, July.

JAMES MAINARD O'CONNELL (2002-2003 and 2004-2005) graduated from Hendrix with a major in theatre in 2003. He has been the Student Technical Director for a number of plays and has worked in the scene shop in the Theatre Arts Department. He was involved in some way with all the plays at Hendrix during his four years.

MARIE MAINARD O'CONNELL (2004-2005), of Staunton, Virginia, is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Student Engagement at Mary Baldwin College. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hendrix College and a Masters of Science in College Student Personnel and Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. She is also involved in the local community children's theatre company "Golden Duck Productions."

MICHAEL ONDAATJE (2011-2012), best known for his Booker Prize-winning novel The English Patient, is also the author of 11 critically acclaimed collections of poetry. His work encompasses a variety of topics, from the history of his native Sri Lanka to a hybrid collection exploring the life of Billy the Kid. Ondaatje lives in Toronto.

OYERONKE OYEWUMI (2001-2002) is Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is the author of The Invention of Women. Her expertise is in African Studies, gender studies, and linguistics.

ALEXANDRA PAPPAS (2009-2010) is Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

ALAN MICHAEL PARKER (2010-2011) is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Elephants & Butterflies, as well as a novel, Cry Uncle. He is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He currently teaches at Davidson College, where he is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing. He is also a Core Faculty Member in the Queens University low-residency Masters of Fine Arts program.

SUZAN-LORI PARKS (2007-2008) is one of the most exciting and acclaimed playwrights in American drama today and the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in drama. Her current project, 365 Days/365 Plays, is being produced in over 700 theatres worldwide. She is currently working on her next play, a musical based on the life of Ray Charles for the producers of the movie Ray.

DARCY PATTISON (2006-2007) served as she served as Arkansas Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators from 1991 to 1996. She also worked six years as the Children's Book Reviewer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Her books include The River Dragon, which was included in the New York Public Library's Best 100 Children's Books. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books named The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman a Blue Ribbon Book. She currently teaches writing at the University of Central Arakansas and lives in North Little Rock with her husband and four children.    

GARY PAVELA (2002-2003) directs the Office of Judicial Programs and Student Ethical Development at the University of Maryland. The Office develops and implements policies related to plagiarism, academic integrity, and a variety of other ethical issues.

JACK PENDARVIS (2010-2011) is the author of two novels, Awesome and Shut Up, Ugly, as well as two collections of short stories, The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure and Your Body is Changing. He is a contributing editor for The Oxford American, The Believer, and the music magazine, Paste. His work has appeared in many other publications, including McSweeney's and The New York Times. A first-rate humorist, he is currently the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

MARJORIE PERLOFF (1997-1998) is Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities at Stanford University. She is an eminent scholar and literary critic with many publications to her credit. Her most recent work is 21st Century Modernism: The"New" Poetics. She has won many awards including NEH and Guggenheim Fellowships and the Phi Beta Kappa Book Award. From1993-1995, she was the President of the American Comparative Literature Association.

ADAM PETERSON, a worker and writer, lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he co-edits The Cupboard Pamphlet. Adam's work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, and many others. His chapbook My Untimely Death was published by Subito Pressas the 2007 Competition Winner in fiction.

ERIC PHILLIPS (2004-2005 and 2006-2007) is Associate Professor of Theatre Arts as well as the Theatrical Designer at Ouachita Baptist University. After graduating from Hendrix in 1989, he went on to receive an MFA in Drama Design from Oklahoma University.

ROBERT PINSKY (2000-2001) was the thirty-ninth Poet Laureate of the United States. He is an editor of the online journal Slate and frequently contributes to The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. His poetry includes The Figured Wheel, An Explanation of America, The Want Bone, and Jersey Rain. His critical reflections can be found in Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry, The Situation of Poetry, Poetry and the World, and The Sounds of Poetry. His second Favorite Poems Project is Poems to Read. Mr. Pinsky has translated The Separate Notebooks by Czeslaw Milosz and Dante's Inferno as well as edited Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud. Additionally, he has been honored by The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

BRUCE PLOPPER (1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995, and 1995-1996) is Professor of Journalism at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He works with high school journalists and has written extensively on student news media, First Amendment issues, and journalism education.

ARTHUR PONTYNEN (2009-2010) is Dr. Pontynen holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Iowa and has taught at the University of Iowa, Lewis and Clark College, and Stephen F. Austin University.  He is former Chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh, and has been awarded Smithsonian, Heritage Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.  His numerous publications and reviews are found in a wide variety of venues including the "Art Bulletin," "Oriental Art," "Bulletin of theField Museum," "ACE:  Art and Christian Enquiry," and "American Outlook Magazine."

CHAIM POTOK (1985-1986) wrote many acclaimed novels and stories, including Old Men at Midnight, The Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev, Davita's Harp, and The Gates of November.

ANNIS PRATT (1983-1984) is a poet, scholar, and activist. Her publications include Dylan Thomas' Early Prose: A Study of Creative Mythology, Archetypal Patterns in Women's Fiction, and Dancing With Goddesses: Archetypes, Poetry and Empowerment.

REYNOLDS PRICE (1982-1983 and 1985-1986) was a novelist and playwright who won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Kate Vaiden. Other work included Noble Norfleet, Roxanna Slade, A Long and Happy Life, The Tongues of Angels, Blue Calhoun, Learning a Trade: A Craftsman's Notebooks, and Letter to a Man in the Fire: Does God Exist and Does He Care. He was James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University.

FRANCINE PROSE (2009-2010) is a fiction writer,essayist, journalist, and has taught at Harvard and Sarah Lawrence, among others. She is the author of fifteen books, includingBlue Angel (2000), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her nonfiction book Reading Like a Writer (2006) was a New York Times bestseller.

PHILIP PULLMAN (1992-1993), a writer of young adult fiction, has won the International Reading Association Children's Book Award, the ALA Best Books for Young Adults Award, The Carnegie Medal, and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. He was awarded the Whitbread Book of the Year Award-the first time that award had been given to a children's book, and in 2002 he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for children's literature. His books include The Tiger in the Well and The Subtle Knife. His latest book is a sequel to the trilogy "His Dark Materials," Lyra's Oxford.

 

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