Past Participants (Q-Z)

 

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ANDREW QUINTMAN (2011-2012), Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University is a leading expert on Tibetan biographies.    

WILLIAM RAGSDALE (2011-2012), born in El Dorado, Arkansas, graduated from Hendrix in 1983 with a major in Humanities and went directly to the Drama Studio London at Berkeley.  Shortly after graduating, he starred in the feature film Fright Night and its sequel Fright Night II. His acting career includes credits on film, stage, and television, including regular roles on Grosse Pointe, Herman's Head and Brother's Keeper and recurring roles on Ellen, Judging Amy, and Less Than Perfect. He currently lives in Los Angeles and can be seen as Gary Hawkins on the FX drama Justified.

CRAIG RAINE (2007-2008) was the 2007-2008 Murphy Visiting Poet. He is considered one of England's most influential poets of the past 25 years and has authored seven collections of poetry, including the acclaimed The Onion, Memory. He is a poet, critic, and literary activist and is known for a style based on simile and interest in visual detail, he is closely associated with Martian poetry, which is a distinctly English style of surrealism in poetry.

ISHMAEL REED (1995-1996) is a novelist, essayist, television producer, publisher, magazine editor, playwright, and radio commentator who has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, and American Cultures Fellowships, as well as a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation. His workincludes Conjure, Japanese by Spring, Airing Dirty Laundry, Shrovetide in Old New Orleans, and Mother Hubbard.

MARIAH HARDER REESCANO (2004-2005, 2006-2007, and 2007-2008) is currently at Booker Arts Magnet School in Little Rock where she is an elementary drama teacher, as well as responsible for organizing and coordinating two drama production seach year. She graduated from Hendrix in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre. Currently living in North Little Rock, her last stage performance was with The Weekend Theatre's 2005 production of Ragtime.   

REBECCA RESINSKI (2009-2010) is associate professor of Classics at Hendrix College.

JAMES W. RHODES (2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007) is President and CEO of the Quality of Life Council, a non-profit agency whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those living and working in Faulkner County. A theatre arts major at Hendrix College, he has been involved in over twenty community theatre productions in Pine Bluff. In 1998, he was named a STARkansan by the state of Arkansas and in 1986, he was named Volunteer of the Year for the Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center. The Faulkner County Leadership Institute recognized his community work by awarding him the Dan Nabholz Leadership Award in 2003.

WILL RHYS (1999-2000) is a founder and former Artistic Director for the National Theatre of the Deaf. He directed or produced more than forty productions as the resident and artistic director of The Cleveland Play House. He performed on stages all over the world and participated in acting companies at such theatres as The Indiana Rep, Capital Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pennsylvania Stage Company, and The Music Center, Los Angeles. He also appeared on Broadway in David Storey's The Changing Room and Tom Stoppard's Jumpers.

SARAH RICHISON (2009-2010) graduated from Hendrix College in 2005 with Distinction in Theatre Arts and was also a recipient of the department's Vivian Elizabeth Hill Drama Award. A charter member of the Hendrix Dance Ensemble, Sarah has choreographed and performed numerous dance pieces and earned an M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008.

BRIGITTE ROGERS (2009-2010) has been at Hendrix College as a visiting assistant professor of dance since 2006. She received her B.A. from Henderson State University and an M.F.A.from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1998.

RICHARD ROLLEIGH, Professor of Physics at Hendrix, has done extensive research in quantum field theory, nonlinear acoustics, and electrodynamics. His innovations include a general education course in general physics, a multidisciplinary class on the 1970s energy crisis, and the use of computer experimentation in physics laboratories.

KATIE ROOK (2007-2008) is a 2005 graduate of Hendrix with a B.A. in theatre arts. She is currently CAD Drafter for Dillard's, serving as a member of the Store Planning Design Team. She has theatrical experience with Hendrix College, Missoula Children's Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Weekend Theatre, and the University of Central Arkansas.    

JEROME ROTHENBERG (1983-1984) is a poet who also writes in the field of ethnopoetics. He is the author of over fifty books including, That Dada Strain, Symposium of the Whole, and New Selected Poems. He edited Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the North American Indian and Poems for the Millennium, Volume I.

MARY RUEFLE (1991-1992) has published three volumes of poetry, Memling's Veil, Life Without Speaking, and The Adamant, and won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Poetry Society of American Gordon Barber Award, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the Southern Humanities Review Hoepfner Award. She teaches at Vermont College.

MICHAEL RUSE (1996-1997) is Lucyle P. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University and a fellow in both the Royal Society of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His published work includes Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose?, The Darwinian Paradigm and Evolutionary Naturalism, as well as numerous articles and reviews on Darwinian evolution and the philosophy of biology. He founded and edits Biology and Philosophy.

MICHAEL SALINGER (2007-2008) He is the author of five poetry collections, and his work has appeared in dozens of literary journals across the U.S. and Canada. Salinger is currently the director of Slam Poetry Inc.'s summer program on writing and performance. Recent works include: They Call it Fishing Not Catching, Stingray.

ANDREW SANDERS (1984-1985) is Chair of English Studies at the University of Durham. He specializes in the Victorian Period and is the author of The Victorian Historical Novel 1840-1880, Charles Dickens: Resurrectionist, and The Companion to A Tale of Two Cities.

ED SANDERS (1992-1993), a poet, short story writer, musician and investigative reporter, has published Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century, Selected Poems 1961-1988, Tales of Beatnik Glory, and Chekhov. He has won NEA Poetry and Short Story Awards, the American Book Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

TOMMY SANDERS (1999-2000, 2001-2002, and 2003-2004), ESPN host and writer, appeared in films Pass the Ammo and The Earnest Green Story. He participated in both Suddenly Last Summer and Bargains at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. He also worked for AETN as a producer and director.

TORU SASAKI (1998-1999) teaches English literature at Kyoto University in Japan. His publications include editions of Thomas Hardy's The Hand of Ethelberta, Wilkie Collins's novellas, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon's John Marchmont's Legacy.

LOIS SCHWOERER (1989-1990) is Kayser Professor Emeritus of History at George Washington University. Her publications include Lady Rachel Russell (1637-1723): "One of the Best of Women" and No Standing Armies! The Antiarmy Ideology in Seventeenth Century England. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and named Senior Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library and of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

NATHAN A. SCOTT, JR. (1987-1988), is William R. Kenan Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is a pioneer in the field of religion and literature studies. The most recent among his numerous books are The Poetics of Belief and Visions of Presence in Modern American Poetry.

FRED SEBULSKE (1984-1985 and 1987-1988), actor and director, is the former head of the Theatre Department at Grand Rapids Community College and the founder and managing director of the Actors' Theatre of Grand Rapids.

LAURA SESSOMS (2004-2005) Laura Sessoms graduated from Hendrix in 2004 with a degree in theatre arts. Upon graduation, Laura attended the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. In 2007 she completed graduate training at New York's famed Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. She is also the Associate Artistic Director of The Real Theatre Company. She can be seen in the upcoming major motion pictures Doubt and Julie & Julia as well as on WE TV's My Fair Wedding. 

GAYLE SEYMOUR (1993-1994), Professor of Art History at the University of Central Arkansas, specializes in 19th-century art and teaches and writes about modern and contemporary art. The Carnegie Foundation named her a Professor of the Year.

GIRISH SHAMBU (2009-2010) is an Internet film writer and cinephile. He is professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and maintains a blog on the Internet that has attracted a number of well-known film scholars and critics as regular discussants.

DAVID SICK (2009-2010) is associate professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Rhodes College. 

MICHAEL SLATER (1981-1982, 1982-1983, 1983-1984, and 1985-1986) is Professor of Victorian Literature in the University of London's Birkbeck College School of English and Humanities. Formerly president of the Dickens Society of America and of the International Dickens Fellowship, he is the author of Dickens and Women and An Intelligent Person's Guide to Dickens, and he has edited a number of Dickens' texts.

ARTHUR J. SLAVIN (1985-1986) is Justus BierDistinguished Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Professor ofHistory at the University of Louisville. He has been an NEH SeniorResearch Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Folger Library Fellow, andDirector of a Folger Seminar. His publications include ThomasCromwell on Church and Commonwealth and The Tudor Age andBeyond.

ELIZABETH S. SMALL (2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2004-2005, and 2005-2006) is the president of both the Phillips Development Corporation and the Chester Phillips Construction Company. She has worked with a number of community theatres, and she volunteers in the Little Rock community.

C. MURRAY SMART (1989-1990) is Dean of the School of Architecture of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. His publications include articles on William Burges and the stained glass of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.

JANE SMILEY (2006-2007) is an award-winning author of rare depth and popular appeal. A Thousand Acres, a modern retelling of King Lear, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award in 1991. She has written 11 novels, three works of non-fiction, and articles for many academic and popular journals. Her most recent novel is Ten Days in the Hills. 

MARC SMIRNOFF (2007-2008) is editor of the Oxford American magazine.

GLENN ALLEN SMITH (1998-1999) has written plays that have been produced off-Broadway, as well as at many regional theatres and universities. His play, Souls in Flight, was a finalist in the Julie Harris Playwright Award Competition, and Chester and Grace was a finalist in the Drama League Competition.

LOUISE MOSLEY SMITH (1998-1999) is the theatre coordinator at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. She has acted, directed, and designed for productions of the Dallas Theatre Center, where she was a member of the Resident Professional Company for 22 years.

LINDSEY SMITH (2004-2005) graduated from Hendrix College in 1998 and received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently teaches at Oklahoma State University as an assistant professor of English. Her areas of Expertise include American Indian Literature and Multi-Ethnic Studies, and she has received numerous grants to pursue these interests. She has published such works as, "Indians, Environment,and Identity on the Borders of American Literature" (New York; Palgrave Macmillian, 2008.)

VIRGINIA SMITH (2003-2004) received her M.F.A. in directing from Roosevelt University in Chicago. In 1993 and1994, she was named "Director to Learn From" by the Chicago Performance newspaper. Currently a member of the theatre faculty at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Smith has directed and acted in numerous productions across the country. She also appeared in the film Home Alone.

EMILY SNEDDON (2005-2006) graduated from Hendrix in 1983. She has worked in journalism, serving as a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat and then a copy editor and columnist at the Arkansas Gazette. She is currently a lawyer at the Mitchell Blackstock Firm in Little Rock and her practices include health care law, employment law and civil rights law. She has also co-authored a book published by the Arkansas Medical Society titled "Physician's Legal Guide."

SHEPARD SOBEL (2010-2011), Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, is co-founder of the OBIE award-winning Pearl Theatre Company in New York. He has experience acting, directing, and teaching in various venues throughout the United States.  

ANN SPATZ (1999-2000) is a potter who works in her studio at home, making mostly functional work in stoneware and porcelain. She also experiments with Raku and smoke-fired pieces.

ART SPIEGELMAN (2009-2010) is an American comic artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics. He is perhaps best known for his graphic novel memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus. He was named one of Time Magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential People" in 2005.   

AGAPI STASSINOPOULOS (1999-2000) is author of the book Conversations with the Goddesses: Revealing the Divine Power Within You and conducts a one-woman presentation based on her book in colleges, universities, museums, and theatres. She did extensive theatre and film work in both England and the United States, and appeared in Surviving Picasso.

TIMOTHY STEELE (1992-1993) is author of Uncertainties and Rest, Sapphics Against Anger and Other Poems, Missing Measures: Modern Poetry and the Revolt Against Meter, The Color Wheel, All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification.

AVI STEINBERG (2011-2012) was born in Jerusalem and raised in Cleveland and Boston. His experience as a librarian in a tough Boston prison provides the material for his memoir Running the Books. Steinberg's work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, New York Review of Books, Salon, Paris Review, Daily Beast, and others.

TUCKER STEINMETZ (2005-2006) graduated from Hendrix in 2000 with a B.A. in theatre and psychology. He currently lives in Little Rock and is the Assistant Attorney General, Opinions Department, with the Arkansas Attorney General's Office. He has acted in 34 productions at The Weekend Theater, Royal Theater, Community Theater of Little Rock and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

TRENTON LEE STEWART (2007-2008) is an Arkansas native and recent Hendrix alumnus who has published fiction in The Georgia Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. His debut novel, Flood Summer, is praised as "a Greek tragedy by way of Arkansas." He is also the author of the children's novel,The Mysterious Benedict Society. In 2008 he was awarded the Porter Fund Literary Prize, Arkansas's most prestigious literary award.

LEON STOKESBURY (1992-1993) wrote The Drifting Away and has published poetry in The Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and The Southern Review. He teaches at Georgia State University.

J. L. STYAN (1988-1989) is author of a number of books on stagecraft and Shakespeare, a book on Chekhov, and an influential work on Restoration comedy.

ALISON SUMMERS (2001-2002) has directed over 30 plays that have toured throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. She has been the artistic director for the Sydney-based Tow Truck Theatre, a member of the Circle Rep lab, a Usual Suspect member at New York Theatre Workshop, a member of the Director's Circle at the Women's Project and a resident director at New Dramatists.

KAREN SWENSON (2001-2002) was awarded the 1993 National Poetry Series award for The Lady in Bangkok. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, and Paris Review. She has taught at colleges and universities across the country, such as Barnard College, Fordham College, Scripps College, the University of Denver, the University of Idaho, and the City College of New York.

JAMES SZENHER (2011-2012) received his graduate degree from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock. He has worked AmeriCorps' "City Year" group in Little Rock, and he currently works with the Arkansas Public Policy Panel.  

DAVID TEAGUE (1999-2000) is Associate Professor of English in the University of Delaware Parallel Program and a winner of the Border Regional Library Association Award for Literary Excellence and Enrichment of the Cultural Heritage of the Southwest. He is author of The Southwest in American Literature: The Rise of a Desert Aesthetic and co-editor of The Nature of Cities.

GREG THOMPSON (2002-2003) is the owner of an art consulting business in Little Rock where he has put his fine arts degree to work selling large-scale collections of art to Fortune 500 companies, public entities, and private collectors. She has directed tens of plays including Othello, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Between the Lines, for which she has won awards such as the Wilde Award for Best Dramatic Production.

JANA TIFT (2006-2007) received her MFA for theatre from Florida State University and has taught as an assistant professor in the MFA program at Florida Atlantic University, as well as the Artistic Director of Theatre at Louisiana College.

JANE TOMPKINS (1998-1999) gives lectures and workshops around the country on making the classroom a more humane environment. Her published work includes A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned, West of Everything: The Inner Life of Westerns, and Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction. She teaches in the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

WELLS TOWER has received two Pushcart Prizes and the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review. His short stories and journalism have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine,McSweeney's, The Paris Review, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Washington Post Magazine, and elsewhere.    

JANE JEONG TRENKA (2004-2005) is a newly published author. Her autobiographical work, The Language of Blood: A Memoir, gives readers a better understanding of the pain of displacement and the internal battle to reclaim self without severing ties to loved ones. Trenka, a Korean adoptee and a concert pianist as well as a writer and poet, has been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers. Her most recent work, Outsiders Within explores the societal and personal implications of transracial adoption.

WERNER TRIESCHMANN (1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2005-2006, and 2010-2011) is a playwright whose plays have been produced in Boston, Los Angeles, Denver, and several cities in Arkansas. He was the first playwright to win Arkansas's top literary honor, the Porter Fund Prize. Founder of the Hendrix College playwriting contest, he is a columnist and an editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

ROBERT TRIPLETT (1999-2000), Director of Performance Seminars in Lisbon, Iowa, wrote Stagefright: Letting It Work for You.

PATRICK TUCKER (1981-1982) is Staff Director for a television drama in Liverpool and Director of Studies for the Drama Studio, London. He has directed plays including a Korean translation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Alan Ayckbourn's A Chorus of Approval in Israel, and his own Shakespeare anthology, Court Revels.

FREDERICK TURNER (1992-1993), Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, is author of The Return, The New World, Natural Classicism, and the epic Genesis and is a regular contributor to Harper's.

GWENDOLYN TWILLIE (1997-1998), a professional storyteller, is the former chair of Theatre and Dance at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has choreographed and performed in such productions as Orfeo, Member of the Wedding, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.

LUIS ALBERTO URREA (2011-2012), born in Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, draws upon his bicultural life experiences in novels, short stories, and non-fiction that explore issues of poverty and social justice. His work has won the Lannan Literary Award, the Western States Book Award, and the Kiriyama Prize. His book, The Devil's Highway, was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

JOHN VANDERSLICE (2007-2008) is fiction writer, poet, and writing teacher at the University of Central Arkansas.  To date he has published forty-five short stories as well as poetry, literary criticism, and book reviews.  His work has appeared in The Seattle Review, Laurel Review, Southern Humanities Review, Sou'wester, South Carolina Review, and many other leading journals.  He has recently completed the novel Yellow, a fictionalized life of Vincent Van Gogh.  He maintains a blog about this project, titled Creating Van Gogh.   

STEPHANIE VANDERSLICE (2006-2007) is a children's author who received her education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Central Arkansas. Her work on writing education has been featured in such publication as the American Literary Review, Writing on the Edge and New Writing. She is also the co-editor of Can It Really Be Taught? Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy from Heinemann Boynton Cook.

STUART VAUGHAN (1991-1992) was the artistic director of the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, New York's Phoenix Theatre, Repertory Theatre New Orleans, and The New Globe Theatre. His directing credits include many New York productions.

HELEN VENDLER (1981-1982) is Porter University Professor of English at Harvard. She is an eminent poetry critic whose work includes Coming of Age as a Poet: Milton, Keats, Eliot, Plath, The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets, The Odes of John Keats, and The Music of What Happens: Poems, Poets, Critics. She edited The Harvard Book of Contemporary American Poetry. In 2004, she delivered the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Her most recent book is titled Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form.

GUSTAVO VERDESIO (2001-2002) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.Verdesio received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1992. He is the author of Forgotten Conquests: Rereading New World History from the Margins.

JOSEPH VISCOMI (2009-2010) is a professor at the University of North Carolina and a noted William Blake scholar.He is also co-editor/creator of the William Blake Archive, a hypertext of Blake's poetry and art, based on approximately 5500 images (transferred to digital form).

FRANCIS WARNER (1980-1981, 1982-1983, and 1983-1984), British poet and playwright, is Vice-Master of St. Peter's College, Oxford University, and the University's Pro-Senior Proctor. Eleven of his plays are in print including Requiem and the verse-dramas Moving Reflections and Living Creation.

JUSTIN WARREN (2010-2011), class of 2009, was born in Little Rock, AR and attended Episcopal Collegiate High School, where he fell in love with the theatre.  He continued his passion for the arts with a theatre major at Hendrix College where he took the stage in 8 plays.  He is currently working as the Youth Director at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

PETE WEBER (2006-2007 and 2007-2008) is a 1996 Hendrix graduate. He is currently the Assistant Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Maumelle. Involved in theatre while at Hendrix, his attention has shifted some to the theological and trying to encourage teenagers to critically examine their belief structures. Most recently, you can find Pete as the voice of Shigure Surgeon of the Damned in the Yu Yu Hakusho animated series on the Cartoon Network.

JOHN WESTON (1994-1995) is a recipient of the Lucille Award from the Memphis's Blues Foundation. His CDs include So Doggone Blue, I'm Doing the Best I Can, and Got to Deal with the Blues.

SARAH WHITE (2006-2007) is a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

LIBBI DIXON WHITEHURST (2005-2006) is the Senior Associate in Human Resources at Acxiom.

JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN (2011-2012), renowned for his linguistic vitality and stylistic multifariousness, is the author of 10 novels, two memoirs, several collections of short fiction, and a meditation-memoir hybrid, most of which explore the struggles of marginalized African Americans. The only individual to have been awarded the PEN/Faulkner Award twice, he is the recipient of numerous other awards and honors. Wideman teaches at Brown University as a Professor of Africana Studies and English.

CATE WIECK (2006-2007) graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Performing Arts Industry. She has worked as a costume designer for productions at Hendrix College, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and the University of Central Oklahoma.

DAVID WIESNER (2009-2010) is a children's book author who has written more than twenty award-winning books for young readers, including three Caldecott Medal winners:Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2007. Wiesner is only the second person in the award's long history to have won three times.

RICHARD WILBUR (1998-1999) was Poet Laureate of the United States and won two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award for his poetry. In 2003 he received the Wallace Stevens Award. His published work includes Things of This World, New and Collected Poems, Beautiful Changes, Ceremony, Advice to a Prophet, Opposites, Walking to Sleep, The Catbird's Song, and Mayflies: New Poems and Translations. Besides his work as a poet, editor, and translator, he has been a teacher at numerous prestigious universities, a Broadway lyricist, a critic, and an author of children's literature.

JOEY WILLIAMS (2010-2011) is a 2004 graduate of Hendrix College.  He received his M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Arizona and he is currently working on a Ph.D. in Classics and Archaeology at the University at Buffalo.

SUSAN MILLAR WILLIAMS (1998-1999), Hendrix Class of 1977, wrote A Devil and a Good Woman, Too, which won the Julia Cherry Spruill Award from the Southern Association for Women Historians. Her work has appeared in such publications as The Nation, Publications of the Arkansas Philological Association, and Southern Review.

MILLER WILLIAMS (1983-1984 and 1994-1995) is a poet whose published work includes Living on the Surface: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Poets' Prize, and Halfway to Hoxie. Other works include the recent The Lives of Kelvin Fletcher: Stories Mostly Short. The founding Director of the University of Arkansas Press, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. In 2006 his book, Making a Poem: Some Thoughts About Poetry and the People Who Write It, was published.

KYLE WILSON (2000-2001, 2002-2003, and 2011-2012) earned an M.F.A. in playwriting at Carnegie-Mellon University. An Arkansas native, he also studied with famed playwright Edward Albee at the University of Houston. He is the author of a number of short plays including Toils and Snares, War and Jim and Country Girls. His most recent play, Customary Monsters, was a semi-finalist for the 2007 Princess Grace Fellowship, the 2008 O'Neil Playwright's Conference, and was a 2007 finalist for Lark Playwright's Week in May. The Lark New Play Development Center presented Customary Monsters as a round table reading in New York with Ashlie Atkinson '01 reading the role of Hannah.

KRISHNA WINSTON (2001-2002) is a professor of German Language and Literature at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She has translated over twenty books and numerous shorter works. In 1994, she received the Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize. She was awarded the 2001 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize.

KATHRYN WOODS (1994-1995) has acted in productions across the United States. Her credits include performances with Theatreworks, People's Theatre, the Wheelock Family Theatre, and the Underground Railway Theatre. She has also performed in Moscow and at the Edinburgh Arts Festival.

TERRY WRIGHT (2006-2007) is a poet and creative writing teacher at the University of Central Arkansas.

JONATHAN YARDLEY (1997-1998), a literary and cultural critic for the Washington Post, won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism and has had a long career as a journalist and critic on the staff of the New York Times and of newspapers in North Carolina and Florida. His books include States of Mind: A Personal Journey Through the Mid-Atlantic, Out of Step: Notes from a Purple Decade, and Our Kind of People: the Story of an American Family.

MARK YOUNG (2000-2001, 2004-2005, and 2007-2008) graduated from Hendrix in 2001 with a B.A. in theatre. Currently, he is the owner of Life-Letics Sports Therapy in Little Rock. After graduating from Hendrix, he earned a Mastersdegree in exercise science from the University of Central Arkansas. While at Hendrix, he participated in various productions, including Playwright's Theatres.

 

 

 

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