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An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Louise Glück


CONWAY, Ark. (March 28, 2013) - Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Glück will read and discuss her work on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix College.

One of America's preeminent poets, Glück is this year's Murphy Visiting Poet. The Murphy Visiting Poet Series has included such nationally and internationally recognized poets as Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove, Ishmael Reed, Denise Levertov, Donald Hall, Jorie Graham, and Michael Ondaatje.

A book signing and reception will follow in Trieschmann Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.  

The event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language. For more information, contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or

Gluck is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently a collection that spans 50 years, entitled Poems 1962-2012. According to The Washington Post, her "writing's emotional and rhetorical intensity are beyond dispute."

Her books of poetry include The Triumph of Achilles, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Literary Press Award, and the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award; Ararat, for which she received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; The Wild Iris, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize, as well as the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award; Vita Nova, winner of The New Yorker Magazine's Book Award in Poetry; Averno, her 10th book, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2006 and was listed by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year; and her 2009 A Village Life.

Among her many honors and awards are the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the 2008 Wallace Stevens Award for "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry," and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Glück was born in New York City in 1943 and grew up on Long Island. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. After having taught at Williams College for 20 years, she now holds the position of Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Mass. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and has been a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.  In 2007, she was reappointed for a five-year term as the judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

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 Think 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