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Hope Coulter

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Hope Coulter

Director of Hendrix-Murphy Programs

Associate Professor of English-Creative Writing

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HOPE COULTER has taught English and creative writing at Hendrix since 1993. She also directs the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language.

Hope is a fiction writer and poet whose collection The Wheel of Light was published in 2015 as part of the New Poets Series of BrickHouse Books. She has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Meringoff Poetry Prize, a Laman Library Writers Fellowship, the Porter Prize for Literary Excellence, and four Pushcart nominations. Her novels The Errand of the Eye and Dry Bones were published in 1988 and 1990 by August House Publishers, and her children's picture book, Uncle Chuck's Truck, came out in 1993 from Bradbury Press. She has published short stories, poems, and reviews in numerous journals, among them Southwest Review, The Carolina Quarterly, North American Review, and Terrain.

Hope grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, did her undergraduate work at Harvard University, and earned her MFA in the low-residency program at Queens University of Charlotte. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, nature writer Mel White, and their yellow lab mix, Josie. When she's not writing, teaching, or wrangling Murphy Scholar activities, Hope enjoys birding, swimming, and travel.


Academic Background

  • A.B., Harvard University, 1982
  • M.F.A., Queens University of Charlotte, 2011

Creative Writing Professor to Publish New Collection of Poems

Hope Coulter credits Laman Library Writers Fellowship for book’s progress

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