CONWAY, Ark. (October
1, 2013) – Acclaimed Southern poets C.D. Wright and Forrest Gander will be at
Hendrix on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall as the
Hendrix-Murphy Foundation’s Murphy Visiting Poets for the 2013-2014 academic
will be followed by a reception and book signing in Trieschmann Gallery. This
event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy
Foundation Programs in Literature and Language. For more information, contact
Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wright and Gander,
a husband-wife duo who teach at Brown University, have each published numerous
award-winning volumes of poetry as well as scholarly works.
and raised in the Arkansas Ozarks, has published a dozen collections, most recently
One With Others, winner of the 2010
National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, The Lenore Marshall Award, and
finalist for the National Book Award. Some of her other works include Rising, Falling, Hovering Like
Something Flying Backwards, Steal Away and String Light. Her collaboration with photographer Deborah Luster, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana was
awarded the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. Wright has been called “a true
original, who manages to be odd, beautiful, tough as nails, and wonderfully
inventive all in the same poetic line,” by Poets
& Writers. She is also a National Book Award Finalist. Wright is a
recipient of a Macarthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, the Robert
Creeley Award, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
essayist, and the editor of two anthologies of Mexican poetry, Gander is the
author of more than a dozen books, including collaborations with notable
artists and photographers. Gander co-translated Spectacle & Pigsty, a collection of poems by Japanese poet
Kiwao Nomura, which won the Best Translated Book Award for 2012. He has also
translated Firefly Under the Tongue:
Selected Poems of Coral Bracho, which was a finalist for the PEN
Translation Prize. Gander's essays have appeared in The Nation, The Boston Review,
and American Poetry Review, among
others. In 2008, Gander was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow,
one of 50 artists to be recognized for artistic excellence, unique artistic
vision, and significant contributions to their fields. Gander is also the
recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the
Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations, and he has received two Gertrude
Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry.
Visiting Poet Series has included such nationally and internationally
recognized poets as Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert
Pinsky, Rita Dove, Ted Kooser, Donald Hall, Jorie Graham, and Louise Glück.
1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences
education. For the sixth 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 latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools
That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's
list of America's Top Colleges, and
the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist
Church since 1884. For
more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.