$4000 per Scholar
in literature and language
for literary and language-related projects
for study, travel, and research in literature and language
Scholar gatherings for fun and comradeship
opportunities for field work and internships
Murphy Visiting Poet Gwendolyn Brooks autographed her children's book 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘎𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘴 (1974) when she visited Hendrix in 1994. In 1950, her collection 𝘈𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦 𝘈𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯 (1949) won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, making Brooks the first African-American to win the prize. She often wrote about inner-city life, her poems ranging in form from sonnets and ballads to blues and free-verse.
Murphy Visiting Poet Rita Dove signed her collection of poems 𝘖𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘶𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘙𝘰𝘴𝘢 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴 (1999) when she visited Hendrix the same year. Spanning multiple genres, her writing is known to capture complex emotions using precise language. Dove is a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1987) and served as the United States Poet Laureate from 1993-1995.
Murphy Visiting Poet Aracelis Girmay signed her book 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢 (2016), which is considered by multiple publications to be one of the best of that year, when she visited in 2017. In 2015, she won the Whiting Award for Poetry. Girmay's poetry explores motherhood, migration, and their anthropological effects, among other themes.
Murphy Visiting Writer Allen Ginsberg visited Hendrix in 1986. Ginsberg's poetry, which earned him the National Book Award for Poetry in 1974 and the Robert Frost Medal in 1986, is known for criticizing U.S. capitalism and war. This elaborate autograph was made in his collection of poems 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘚𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥 (1986).
Study and immersion abroad spurs language proficiency and promotes cultural understanding for language students...Read more about language study abroad
When poets, novelists, nonfiction writers, playwrights, and literary scholars come to campus, they not only give public readings but also visit classes and talk to students in small-group settings.Visiting Writers Series
Students explore the literature of the theater through intensive experiences in script writing, dramaturgy, staged readings, and mentorship by professional directors and playwrights.Read more
Game nights, festive meals, Language House, and conversation hours enhance the classroom study of languages at Hendrix.Read more
Mentored by faculty, students attend and present at literary conferences and conduct their own research in literary archives and libraries around the world.Read more about literary research trips
A student reading series, interactive craft workshops, and writing groups build on what student writers learn in the classroom and helps their creative writing to shine.Read more about the Creative Writing Program
Students hone their writing, editing, and analytical skills in pop-up projects and discussion groups on topics in literature and language.Read more about student writing projects
In this select cohort program, students from all majors receive dedicated funding and mentorship to pursue their passions in literature and language.Read more about the Murphy Scholars Program
Internships and field experiences provide valuable professional experience at publishing houses, magazines, and literary organizations.Read more