23-24 DV

All events are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Garrett Hongo 
Thursday, October 5, 2023 
Reves Recital Hall 
7:30 p.m.  

Poet and memoirist Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawaiʻi and grew up there and in Los Angeles, California. He earned his BA from Pomona College and his MFA from UC, Irvine. His poetry collections are Yellow Light; The River of Heaven, which received the Lamont Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Coral Road.  His most recent publication is The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo. In other non-fiction, he has published The Mirror Diary and Volcano: A Memoir of Hawaiʻi.  His work has been recognized with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  In 2022, he was given the Aiken Taylor Award for lifetime achievement in poetry.  Current poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, SoundStage! Ultra, The Georgia Review, and Sewanee Review.  He is a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Oregon. Find more at www.garretthongo.com.  

An Evening with Murphy Visiting Writer K-Ming Chang 
Thursday, October 19, 2023 
Reves Recital Hall 
7:30 p.m. 

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman Fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree, and an O. Henry Prize Winner. She is the author of the New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice novel Bestiary, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction 2020 First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Her most recent book is Gods of Want, which was a NYT Notable Book of 2022. Her forthcoming books are a novel titled Organ Meats (One World/Random House, 2023) and a novella titled Cecilia (Coffee House Press, 2024). Find more at www.kmingchang.com.

An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre 
Thursday, November 9, 2023 
Reves Recital Hall 
7:30 p.m. 

Kyle Tran Myhre (also known as Guante) is a poet, educator, and activist based in Minneapolis. His work involves using spoken word and storytelling as doorways into critical dialogue, and he’s performed everywhere from the United Nations, to two National Poetry Slam championship stages, to countless colleges, universities, and conferences. Tran Myhre's new sci-fi poetry book, Not a Lot of Reasons to Sing, But Enough, explores abolition, anti-authoritarianism, masculinity, and beyond, and is available now via Button Poetry. Find more at www.guante.info

An Evening with Murphy Visiting Playwright Theresa Rebeck 
Thursday, February 15, 2024 
Reves Recital Hall 
7:30 p.m. 

Theresa Rebeck is a prolific playwright with work staged across the globe. Some of her recent works include the upcoming play I Need That, premiering Fall 2023 on Broadway and her latest play, Mad House, on London’s West End. As a director, her work has been seen at the Alley Theatre, the REP Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, the Orchard Project, and the Folger Theatre. Major film and television projects include Trouble; NYPD Blue; the NBC series Smash; the female spy thriller 355; and her most recent film Glimpse. As a novelist, Rebeck’s books include Three Girls and Their Brother and I'm Glad About You. Rebeck is the recipient of the William Inge New Voices in American Theatre Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, a Lilly Award, and her play Omnium Gatherum was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prime in Drama. Find more at www.theresarebeck.com.

Director’s Discussion with Murphy Visiting Theatre Director Daryl Phillipy 
Thursday, February 29, 2024 
Murphy House Seminar Room 
11:10 a.m. 

Daryl W. Phillipy is a professional actor, director, educator, and playwright with more than 25 years of professional theatre experience. He is a Professor of Theatre at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, a position which he has held for the last thirteen years. Phillipy has received directing awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for the productions of Master Harold…and the Boys, and the original devised work Cirque Depravité. He is a certified Meisner technique teacher and has spent many seasons with Stage Door Manor Performing Arts Training Center. His performance experience includes work on stages across the country, as well as performances in the two films Star Light and The Silent Natural. As a playwright, two of his plays, Bound by Blood and The Ballad of Danny and Bea, were produced as part of the Bluegrass New Play Festival in Lexington, Kentucky. Phillipy received his MFA in Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1998. 

An Evening with Murphy Visiting Writer Mark Vanhoenacker 
in Conversation with Hope Coulter  
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 
Reves Recital Hall 
7:30 p.m. 

Mark Vanhoenacker is a commercial airline pilot for British Airways and the author of the international bestseller Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot and How to Land a Plane. A columnist for The Financial Times and a regular contributor to The New York Times, he has also written for The Times, The Atlantic, Wired, and the Los Angeles Times. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Vanhoenacker trained as a historian and worked as a management consultant before starting his flight training in Britain in 2001. He now flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from London to cities around the world. Find more at www.markvanhoenacker.com.   

Hope Coulter is a fiction writer, essayist, and poet who directs the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language at Hendrix College. Awards for her writing include Meringoff Writing Awards in nonfiction and poetry and the Porter Prize for Literary Excellence. Find more at www.hopecoulter.com