Award-Winning Author to Discuss Writing as Remedy

Mark Richard

CONWAY, Ark. (October 31, 2012) – Award-winning novelist, short story writer, poet, and screenwriter Mark Richard will present “Writing as Remedy” on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix College. A book signing and reception in Trieschmann Gallery will follow.

The event, sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Henryetta Vanaman at 501-450-4597 or vanaman@hendrix.edu.

Richard has been called a literary buccaneer and poet laureate of the poor and most recently authored the best-selling memoir House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home. He also authored a pair of award-winning short story collections: The Ice at the Bottom of the World, and Charity; and a novel, Fishboy. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, GQ, The Paris Review, The Oxford American, Grand Street, and many others.

He is the recipient of the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Foundation Writer's Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Mary Francis Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters, and a National Magazine Award for Fiction.

Richard currently teaches at the University of Southern California and has been visiting writer-in-residence at the University of California Irvine, the University of Mississippi, Arizona State University, the University of the South, Sewanee, and The Writer's Voice in New York. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, Spin, Esquire, Vogue, and The Oxford American, among others. He has also been a correspondent for the BBC.

Richard also wrote the screenplay “Stop-Loss,” produced by Paramount, and has been a writer/producer for CBS’s “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” Showtime’s Emmy-winning series “Huff,” “Chicago Hope” on CBS, and “Party of Five” on Fox. He is currently writer/producer for “Hell on Wheels,” a new dramatic series for AMC.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Feel about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.