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Writer Deb Olin Unferth to Visit Hendrix College Campus

 Deb Olin Unferth“… Unferth swerves from the mundane to the extraordinary, from biting to soaringly celebratory, often in a single sentence.”— The New York Times Book Review  

CONWAY, Ark. (September 21, 2018) – Deb Olin Unferth will visit Hendrix College as this year’s first Murphy Visiting Writer on October 2, 2018. At 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall, Unferth will read and discuss some of her award-winning works. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing in Trieschmann Gallery. 

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, two short story collections entitled Minor Robberies and Wait Till you see me Dance, the graphic novel I, Parrot, and the novel Vacation. Unferth’s work also appears in various journals and literary magazines, such as Harper’s, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Tin House, and many others. 

Unferth’s Revolution was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Vacation was a winner of the Cabell First Novel Award. In addition to these honorable achievements, Unferth has received three Pushcart Prizes and a grant from Creative Capital for Innovative Literature.  

Having received a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth is currently an Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches in the New Writer’s Project M.F.A. program at the Michener Center for Writers. Unferth is the founding coordinator of a creative writing certificate program at the John B. Connally Unit, a penitentiary in southern Texas. She believes in the power of education to change lives. 

This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or

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