CONWAY, Ark. (March 27, 2018)
— Peyton Coffman ’19, an English-Creative Writing major, has received an
honorable mention for her short story “Bird of New York” in the Association of
Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Intro Journals Project. She was recognized
by award-winning AWP member David James Poissant, who teaches in the MFA
program at the University of Central Florida.
“Most of the competition are
students in MFA programs, so Peyton’s recognition alongside them is a serious
achievement,” said Dr. Tyrone Jaeger, associate
professor of English/Creative Writing and director of the Creative Writing
Program at Hendrix. Visit the AWP website for a complete listing of this year’s
“Bird of New York” had
previously won first place in the Hendrix-Murphy Aonian contest, judged by author Kevin Brockmeier, who in a letter
to Coffman called her entry “a nearly perfect story” and “a very fine piece of
At Hendrix, Coffman is also part
of the second class of Murphy Scholars in Literature and Language, having been
inducted in 2016. Murphy Scholars explore literature and language at an
intensive level by participating in designated study, travel, research, and
service experiences in literature and language.
AWP provides support,
advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 550 college and
university creative writing programs, and 150 writers’ conferences and centers.
Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as
essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and
readers of contemporary writing. To learn more, visit www.awpwriter.org.
A private liberal arts
college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as
one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That
Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and
rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous
college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been
affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.