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Writing Professor Hope Coulter Wins 2014 Laman Library Writers Fellowship

CONWAY, Ark. (January 9, 2014) – Hendrix writing professor Hope Coulter is the recipient of the William F. Laman Public Library System’s 2014 Laman Library Writers Fellowship.

A fiction writer and poet, Coulter has taught creative writing at Hendrix since 1993. Her two novels  The Errand of the Eye (1988) and Dry Bones (1990)  were published by August House Publishers, and her children’s picture book Uncle Chuck’s Truck  came out in 1993 from Bradbury Press. She has previously been a finalist for the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

The fellowship, which has been given yearly since 2010, awards $10,000 to a previously published Arkansas author. 

Coulter was selected for the Laman Fellowship by a panel of literary professionals. The fellowship can go to writers working in any genre. To encourage the creation of literature by Arkansans, for Arkansans, Laman Library founded the Laman Library Writers Fellowship in March 2010 to provide grants to writers that will assist them in the writing and publishing process. Previous fellows are Grif Stockley, author of six legal novels and several non-fiction books on race relations in Arkansas; Kevin Brockmeier, adult novelist and children’s author; Mara Leveritt, true crime journalist and author; and Davis McComb, whose work appears in “The Best American Poetry” 1996 and 2008.

Coulter Bio:

Born in New Orleans, Coulter spent her early childhood in Little Rock before moving at age five to Alexandria, La.  She received her A.B. from Harvard and her M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte.

Her work has appeared in such journals as North American Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and Rattle.  She recently won second place in Southwest Review’s Morton Marr poetry contest and last year was a semifinalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award.  Other honors include Arkansas’s Porter Prize for Literary Excellence and the Short Story Award of Louisiana Life magazine.

She lives in Little Rock with her husband, the writer (and Hendrix alumnus) Mel White. She has three children, Caroline, Nathan, and Tom.

Founded in 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