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Hendrix Student Selected to Participate in Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets

EllieBlack2018.04_web.jpgCONWAY, Ark. (April 6, 2018) – Hendrix College senior Ellie Black of Clarksville has been selected as one of 12 fellows in the 2018 Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets (formerly known as the Seminar for Younger Poets), set for June 9-30 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Held for three weeks in June, the Seminar provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets. Under the direction of K.A. Hays, staff and visiting poets conduct writing workshops and offer lectures and discussions, present readings of their own work, and are available for individual conferences. Numerous readings provide the participants with the opportunity to hear and be heard by their peers.

“I’m thrilled for Ellie to have this recognition for her poetry,” said Hope Coulter, director of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language and assistant professor of English-Creative Writing. “It’s well-deserved! She’s so dedicated to her craft, and has made huge contributions to the literary culture on campus. It’ll be exciting to follow her into the next chapter of her development.”

Black has previously received accolades for her poetry. She has been published in Moledro magazine, and last spring she won first place and a $500 prize for her poem titled “reading the virgin suicides out loud” in the statewide Jeannie Dolan Carter 2017 Collegiate Poetry Contest sponsored by the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas. She has taken many poetry courses at Hendrix, received Hendrix-Murphy support to study creative writing at New York University’s “Writers in New York” program, and has served for two years as editor-in-chief of Hendrix’s literary magazine, the Aonian.

Past visiting poets for the Seminar have included Terrance Hayes, Dana Levin, Mary Ruefle, Arthur Sze, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Jean Valentine, Carl Phillips, and Mary Jo Bang. The 2018 Seminar staff will include visiting poets Kaveh Akbar, Ada Limón, and Phillip B. Williams. For more information, visit

About Hendrix College

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