An Evening with Writer-in-Residence Frederick McKindra

Oct 26 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Reves Recital Hall, Hendrix College

Frederick McKindra is an essayist and fiction writer who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Howard University and holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from The New School in New York City. McKindra, who was named a Buzzfeed Emerging Writer Fellow in 2017, often writes about the Black and LGBTQ+ experience in the American South, and his writing appears in the Oxford American, Lambda Literary, and Buzzfeed. In Fall 2021, as Hendrix’s Writer-in-Residence, he is teaching a course on personal essay writing for the web.

An Evening with Mayda del Valle

Nov 10 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Worsham Performance Hall, Hendrix College

Born and reared on the South Side of Chicago, Mayda del Valle was the youngest poet and the first Latinx person to win the Grand Slam Championship at the Nuyorican Poets Café in 2001, and went on to become the National Poetry Slam Champion in the same year. She is the author of the poetry collections A South Side Girl’s Guide to Love and Sex and The University of Hip-Hop, and her work has also appeared in numerous publications, from Urban Latino to The New York Times. Del Valle has performed at venues across the world, including the White House, by invitation of President Obama and the First Lady, in May 2009. She has served as a mentor and educator in the nonprofit world, teaching poetry and performance to incarcerated youth. Co-sponsored with The Engaged Citizen program.

An Evening with Murphy Visiting Playwright Lynn Nottage

Feb 8 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Reves Recital Hall, Hendrix College

Playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice: once for Ruined (2009) and again for Sweat (2017), both of which were also awarded Obie Awards for playwriting. Her other plays include Mlima’s Tale; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Crumbs from the Table of Joy; and Intimate Apparel, which she is currently adapting for opera. Among Nottage’s honors are the PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwriting Award. A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, she is an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Columbia School of the Arts.

Director’s Discussion with Marti Gobel

Feb 10 from 11:10 AM to 12:00 PM

Murphy Seminar Room, Murphy House, Hendrix College

Murphy Visiting Theatre Director Marti Gobel will discuss dramatic and literary considerations behind the direction of the play Airness by Chelsea Marcantel. Gobel, an actor, director, and teaching artist, earned her BA in Performance Theatre from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and serves as adjunct professor at Marquette University. She actively engages in public speaking and advocacy campaigns to promote diversity in the arts. [See February 23–26, 2022, for play performance schedule.

Airness by Chelsea Marcantel

Feb 23 to Feb 25 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Cabe Theatre Arts Center, Washington Ave, Conway, AR 72032, USA

“Airness is a sometimes serious comedy revolving around a motley crew of professional air band competitors and their quest to achieve ‘airness,’” according to director Marti Gobel. “Taking to the surface the absurdity of air guitar while embracing and highlighting the artistry found in this often over-looked subculture, Airness reminds us all of the joy found in creative abandon.” Production by the Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

Airness by Chelsea Marcantel

Feb 26 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Cabe Theatre Arts Center, Washington Ave, Conway, AR 72032, USA

“Airness is a sometimes serious comedy revolving around a motley crew of professional air band competitors and their quest to achieve ‘airness,’” according to director Marti Gobel. “Taking to the surface the absurdity of air guitar while embracing and highlighting the artistry found in this often over-looked subculture, Airness reminds us all of the joy found in creative abandon.” Production by the Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

"Sex and Violence in Roman Elegy” by Murphy Visiting Classics Speaker Ellen Greene

Mar 8 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Mills C, Hendrix College

Ellen Greene is the Joseph Paxton Presidential Professor of Classics and Letters at the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in Greek and Roman lyric poetry. She has published seven books, including The Erotics of Domination: Male Desire and the Mistress in Latin Love Poetry, Women Poets in Ancient Greece and Rome, and (with Marilyn Skinner) The New Sappho on Old Age. Her current project is a book-length study of Sappho.

An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Sharon Olds

Apr 14 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Reves Recital Hall, Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Ave, Conway, AR 72032

Sharon Olds, a leading figure in contemporary letters, has written twelve books of poetry, including The Dead and the Living, The Wellspring, Strike Sparks, Stag’s Leap—which won both the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry—Odes, and Arias. Additional honors for her work include the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievemenet in poetry, given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She currently teaches creative writing in the graduate program at New York University. Mark Doty has declared her “an American master, and a national treasure,” but Olds’s own self-reckoning is modest: her artistic goal, she told Salon magazine in a 1996 interview, is “just being an ordinary observer and liver and feeler and letting the experience get through [me] onto the notebook with the pen, through the arm, out of the body, onto the page, without distortion.”