Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language

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JIMMY JACKSON (1998-1990), Hendrix Class of 1989, is a trial attorney at Boswell, Tucker & Brewster.

MARK JARMAN (2005-2006) has published nine collections of poetry and is Winner of Academy of American Poets Marshall/Nation Prize, the Crazy horse poetry prize, and The Poet's Prize. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review and Atlantic Monthly. His prose works include The Reaper Essays, The Secret of Poetry, and Body and Soul: Essays on Poetry. He has taught for over 20 years at Vanderbilt University, where he also conducts seminars on contemporary British and American poetry. He received an M.F.A.from University of Iowa and B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

DAVID JAUSS (2006-2007) is a short story writer and poet whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He has served as editor of Crazyhorse, and is currently on the Editorial Board of Hunger Mountain: The Vermont College of Fine Arts Journal of Arts & Letters. He has received the O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and the Best American Short Stories selection, and now teaches creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas.

BRENT JENNINGS (2005-2006), of Los Angeles, is an Arkansas native and a veteran actor of stage, film, and television. 

CRAIG JENSEN (2011-2012), a Fine edition binder, is one of America's most respected bookbinders. For the last three decades, he has dedicated himself to the craft and the history of the book. In 1981, Jensen moved to Austin to head the conservation lab at the Harry Ransom Center. In 1984, he established the Jensen Bindery that became Booklab, Inc. Booklab II started in 2002 and continues to this day.

LARRY JOHNSON (1992-1993) has published his poetry in his book Veins, and in the New Orleans Review, the Transatlantic Review, and the Texas Quarterly.

MICHAEL JOHNSON (2010-2011) has research interests in Roman religion, history and Latin epigraphy and Latin prose, and is currently working on a book on the pontifical law of the Roman Republic as well as a monograph on all the Latin and Greek inscriptions at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

ELIZABETH SWAN JONES (2006-2007) is a sophomore at Hendrix College and won the 2006-2007 Playwriting Contest for Los Ojos.

JEFFREY SWAN JONES (2000-2001 and 2001-2002) has performed in more than thirty theatre productions across the United States. He has also appeared in the films Split Image and Temporary Shelter. He has written several plays, including Best Western, which won first place in the 2000-2001 Hendrix-Murphy Alumni Playwriting Contest.

PRESTON JONES (1999-2000) is a painter and photographer. In the 1990's, he created ten one-man shows in New York, Dallas, and Florida. In addition, his artwork appeared in museums and galleries in Dallas, New York, New Orleans, and Arizona. He also produced and directed a series of award winning art history videos on iconography in medieval and renaissance sculpture.

GUS KAIKKONEN (2002-2003) is an experienced and talented playwright, actor, and director from New York. He has directed off-Broadway productions of Macbeth, Candida, and Richard III as well as productions in regional U.S. theatre. His own plays have been produced in New York and London and in regional theatres throughout the U.S. and have been recognized by the American Theatre Critics Association. He was James Thurber Playwriting Fellow at Ohio State University, where he also taught. He acted in the original Broadway cast of Equus and in productions by the New York Shakespeare Festival, as well as in such U.S. television programs as the PBS production of Willa Cather's Paul's Case. In 2005 a play he co-wrote called People Like Us debuted off Broadway to positive reviews.

MOISES KAUFMAN (2011-2012) is the founder and artistic director of the Tectonic Theater Project. Along with the members of the Tectonic Theater Project, Kaufman traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, over the course of the year following the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. From their interviews and experience, Kaufman and other company members wrote the critically acclaimed play The Laramie Project and also The Laramie Project: 10 Years After.

DAVID KEITH (2009-2010) is a journalist and lecturer of journalism at the University of Central Arkansas. He has held numerous positions at The Log Cabin Democrat, including Managing Editor. He is also currently the host and producer for three Conway Corporation television shows.

PETER KENVYN (1982-1983) is a noted director, writer, singer, and actor. He has been a staff director of several of England's leading repertory companies.

JUDITH KILLEN (1993-1994), an international writing consultant, has written reports and grant proposals, taught workshops, and developed marketing plans for businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and research institutes.

DAVID "JUNIOR" KIMBROUGH (1994-1995), the late blues artist, once threw weekly house parties and ran his own juke joint for more than thirty years in north Mississippi hill country. An inspiration to such musical legends as Charlie Feathers, Elvis Presley, and many others, Kimbrough released three albums on the Fat Possum label, appeared in Robert Palmer's Deep Blues documentary, and toured Europe as well as the United States.

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON (2007-2008) created a worldwide sensation with her 1976 work The Woman Warrior and emerged as a leading contemporary Chinese-American writer. She has received numerous awards for her memoirs and fiction, including the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award,which she was awarded twice. In addition to her novels, she has also published articles, poems, and short stories.

KEENA WINFREY KINSEY (1998-1999 and 2005-2006), Hendrix Class of 1989, taught technical theatre, speech, and drama at North Little Rock East Campus and oral communication, English, and drama at England High School.

CAROLYN KIZER (1987-1988) received the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of poems, Yin. Other books of poetry include Calm, Cool and Collected, The Ungrateful Garden, Midnight Was My Cry: New and Selected Poems, and Mermaids in the Basement: Poems for Women. Her other work includes Proses: Selected Essays, Reviews and Conservations. She served as the first Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Art, and has received the Frost Medal, The American Academy of Arts and Letters award, and numerous other honors.

YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA (1999-2000) has received the Pulitzer Prize, the Hanes Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry, the William Faulkner Prize, the San Francisco Poetry Award, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence, and The Dark Room Poetry Prize. His work includes Thieves of Paradise, Neon Vernacular (New and Selected Poems1977-1989), Magic City, and Dedications and Other Dark Horses. In 1999, he was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Poetry at Emory University.

TED KOOSER (2006-2007) served two years as the U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-2006), the first poet from the Great Plains to hold the position. He is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the author of 11 full-length collections of poetry. Known for his overall clarity, precision,and accessibility, his latest book is The Poetry Home Repair Manual.

HENRY KURTH (1986-1987, 1991-1992, and 1994-1995), the late Professor Emeritus of Case Western Reserve University, designed sets and lighting for drama and dance for over 50 year, when he began painting extensively. He designed over 450 dramatic productions and has worked with Martha Graham,Paul Taylor, and Isamu Naguchi.

DONALD KUSPIT (1991-1992), Professor of Art History and Philosophy at State University of New York, is a contributing editor at Art forum, the New Art Examiner, and Sculpture, and he is the editor of Art Criticism. His publications include Idiosyncratic Identities: Artists at the End of the Avant-Garde, The Philosophical Life of the Senses, and The Critic as Artist: The Intentionality of Art.

PAUL LAKE (1992-1993) has written poetry and essays for The New Republic, Paris Review, and The American Scholar. He has written a novel, Among the Immortals, and his volume of poetry, Another Kind of Travel, won Arkansas's Porter Fund Award.

SELMA G. LANES (1983-1984) is a writer and critic of children's books. She is the author of The Art of Maurice Sendak, Down the Rabbit Hole: Adventures and Misadventures in the Realm of Children's Literature, and Amy Loves Goodbyes. She is a reviewer and judge of picture books for Parents' Choice and was a judge of Young Adult Fiction for the Los Angeles Times' Book Awards.

ELIZABETH LATOSI-SAWIN (1994-1995 and 1995-1996) is Director and Leah Spratt Chair for Writing Across the Curriculum at Missouri Western State College.

LI-YOUNG LEE (2002-2003) is the author of four books of poetry: Book of My Nights; The City in Which I Love You, which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets; Rose, which won the New York University Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award; and The Winged Seed: A Remembrance, which received in American Book Award. In 2003 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets.

MARA LEVERITT (2011-2012) is an award-winning journalist and editor at the Arkansas Times. She has received acclaim for her books The Boys on the Tracks, which examines the still unsolved murders of two Arkansas teenagers, and Devil's Knot, which accounts the trials of the men known as the "West Memphis Three" following the sensational murders of three eight-year-old-boys.

DENISE LEVERTOV (1979-1980), English born-poet,published numerous volumes of her poetry in the United States,including Freeing of the Dust, Life in the Forest, O Taste and See, Oblique Prayers, Breathing the Water, A Door in the Hive, Evening Train, and Tesserae, a collection of memoirs, and Sands of the Well. She won the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Frost Medal, and the Lannan Award.

DANIEL LEVINE (2008-2009), professor of Classics at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, is the author of numerous journal articles and book reviews and has also contributed to several volumes of work on classical Greece.

JEFF LEWELLEN (1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2004-2005, and 2005-2006), Archivist at the Arkansas History Commission, has been active in community theatre since 1981, and he appeared in Harvey, Chapter Two, Don't Drink the Water, and Uncle Harry.

ROMULUS LINNEY (1994-1995) was the author of The Sorrows of Frederick, Holy Ghosts, Childe Byron, April Snow, and Three Poets. He received the National Critics Award, the 1980 Obie Award, the Mishima Prize for Fiction, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts Award in Fiction. He was Professor of the Arts at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. His stories appeared in such literary journals as New Stories from the South.

BARRY LOPEZ (1984-1985 and 2005-2006) is the author of About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory, Arctic Dreams, Of Wolves and Men, Apologia, and several story collections, including Winter Count and River Notes. He received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and the John Burroughs Medal. He has also been honored with fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Lannan Foundation.

GENE LYONS (1983-1984, 1994-1995, 1999-2000, and 2011-2012) is a journalist and critic whose work has been published in New York Times Magazine and Book Review, Newsweek, Harper's, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Texas Monthly, Arkansas Times, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, The Nation, and Inside Sports. His books include Higher Illiteracy and Fools for Scandal. He taught at Hendrix College.

ANDREW LYTLE (1982-1983) wrote The Velvet Horn; A Novel, Novella, and Four Stories; A Wake for the Living; Alchemy and Others; and Southerners and Europeans: Essays in a Time of Disorder. He was a contributor to I'll Take My Stand.



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