Hope Coulter

Hope Coulter Staff 2Hope Coulter, Interim Director, is a professor of Creative Writing in the English department. She is a novelist and poet whose work has appeared in journals such as The Carolina Quarterly, North American Review, and Rattle.  She is the author of two published novels, The Errand of the Eye and Dry Bones (August House, 1988 and 1990), and a children’s book, Uncle Chuck’s Truck (Bradbury Press, 1993). Her honors include a Pushcart nomination, Arkansas’s Porter Prize for Literary Excellence, and the Short Story Award of Louisiana Life magazine. A native of New Orleans, Hope grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, and received her A.B. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. She has taught creative writing at Hendrix since 1993.

Phone: (501) 450-1388

Henryetta Vanaman


Henryetta Vanaman, Program Manager, organizes and facilitates programs and events, handles publicity, and administers program evaluation. She has been with the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation since 2002, when the Bertie Wilson Murphy Building first opened. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with degrees in English and Studio Art (concentrations in Sculpture and Photography) and a minor in Urban Studies and Design. As a Donaghey Scholar at UALR, she also studied French at the Université d’Orléans in Orléans, France.

Phone: (501) 450-4597

Sarah Engeler-Young

EngelerYoungAs Office & Building Manager, Sarah Engeler-Young provides administrative support for the Foundation and manages the Bertie Wilson Murphy Building. She graduated from Hendrix with degrees in Sociology and Theatre Arts and holds an MA in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sarah has taught theatre history and dramatic theory in the Hendrix theatre arts department and was also the alumni winner of the 1994 Hendrix-Murphy Playwriting Contest. She ishappy to help members of the campus community plan events in the Murphy House and can also answer all Murphy-related purchasing and accounts payable questions.

Phone: (501) 450-1399