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Writer Eula Biss to Present 2017 Drake Lecture

CONWAY, Ark. (January 26, 2017) – Writer Eula Biss will present the 2017 Robert and Lilian Drake Endowed Lecture at Hendrix College on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in Reves Recital Hall. 

The lecture, sponsored by the Department of English at Hendrix, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hendrix English professor Dr. Giffen Maupin at 501-450- 1238 or

About Eula Biss

Eula Biss is the author, most recently, of On Immunity: An Inoculation, which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review. Her second book, Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 2010. Her first book, The Balloonists, was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2002. Her writing has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers' Award. She holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Believer, Harper's, and The New York Times Magazine. For more information, visit

About the Robert and Lilian Drake Endowed Lecture

Established in 2001 by Robert Y. Drake Jr. in memory of his parents, the Robert and Lillian Drake Endowed Lectureship series at Hendrix College funds an annual lecture. Professor Drake taught Southern Literature and creative writing at the University of Tennessee from 1965 until his retirement in 1999. His short stories about growing up in West Tennessee are familiar to a generation of Southern readers. While on sabbatical during the fall of 1982, Drake was a visiting professor at Hendrix and taught a popular course in "Recent Southern Fiction" to 43 students. During his stay at Hendrix, which was funded by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation, he also gave public readings and lectures for the Bertie Wilson Murphy Symposium in Literature and Language. The affinity he developed for Hendrix as a visiting professor inspired him to establish the lectureship in the English Department. In February 2004, Miller Williams, University Professor of English and Foreign Languages at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, gave the inaugural lecture.

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit