Murphy Visiting Fellow in Poetry Dr. Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated from Ukraine as a Jewish refugee when she was six years old. She is the author of three poetry collections, and her poems have appeared in POETRY, Blackbird, American Poetry Review, and The Nation, among others. She holds a BA from the University of Maryland, an MFA from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, which she earned earlier this year from the University of Pennsylvania. Her hybrid critical-creative dissertation project looks at contemporary American poetry about the Holocaust and argues for what Dasbach terms "lyric witness" as a compositional and interpretive mode for poetry on past atrocity. Dr. Dasbach notes, "One project I am super excited to embark is the Poetry Phonebooth, where students can construct physical installations across campus that create a multisensory experience of poetry for the Hendrix community and encourage listeners to leave their own creative mark in response."
Murphy Visiting Fellow in Spanish Dr. Ruth Yuste-Alonso hails from Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. She holds a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting and an M.A. in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture from Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Spanish Studies from University of Connecticut. Dr. Yuste-Alonso, who is passionate about new media and cinema as well as literature and language, is deeply committed to education and the humanities, and strives to build alongside students a thriving learning community and help them hone their language skills and critical eye to better navigate today's globally interconnected society. She declares herself “thrilled to be part of Hendrix’s flourishing learning community” and looks forward “to the opportunity to engage with colleagues and students in stimulating discussions about Spanish language, literature and cinema... I am energized by Hendrix’s academic mission, ethos and accomplishments, and I hope to inspire students in return."
Presenting... our current cohort of Murphy Visiting Fellows, two of whom have just joined our community! From left to right: Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Murphy Visiting Fellow in Poetry; Andy Vaught, Murphy Visiting Fellow in Theatre Arts; and Ruth Yuste-Alonso, Murphy Visiting Fellow in Spanish. Each Fellow will teach in their home department as well as mentor the Murphy Scholars in Literature and Language and help to run the Murphy Scholars Program.
Murphy Scholar Sidra Hanson '22 recently completed a Hendrix-Murphy Cocurricular Project in which she studied literature and Spanish at the Universidade de Vigo in Spain, located in Galicia. Sidra writes, "I had never heard of the region of Galicia before studying abroad, but it was stunning, and I am so glad that I went. Exploring the mountains and beaches and learning about the history of Galicia with the friends I made there were my favorite parts of the experience."
Murphy Scholars Lauren Berry and Marni Younger '22 recently completed a Hendrix-Murphy Cocurricular Project centered around hiking and nature-essay-writing in Yosemite! Their project also carries Odyssey Special Projects (SP) credit. Lauren writes "We spent 23 days in the remote wilderness immersing ourselves in nature, and refining our nature writing skills." Marni adds that one of her favorite parts was the ability "to focus more fully on our experience without the distractions of modern technology." Both enjoyed the "slow moments," where they got to know their trail neighbors, swim in surrounding lakes, and share stories in the evening.
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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).
Murphy Fellow in Theatre Andy Vaught will broadcast his play 𝘈 𝘏𝘰𝘯𝘬𝘺 𝘏𝘺𝘮𝘯 over the radio on July 4, 11, and 18 at 4 p.m. Arkansas folks can tune in via KABF 88.3 FM, and it will also broadcast in Greenville, MS and New Orleans, LA via WDSV 91.9 FM and WAMF 90.3 FM respectively. Be sure to give it a listen!
Murphy Visiting Writer Edwidge Danticat visited Hendrix during the 2015-2016 academic year. As a Haitian-American, Danticat is known for her fiction writing about migration and the immigrant experience. Its richness has earned her multiple honorary degrees and awards. This signature is found in her children's book 𝘌𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘋𝘢𝘺𝘴: 𝘈 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘪 (2010).
Are you available to attend the remote teaching demos of our two finalists for the Murphy Visiting Fellow in English position? These will occur Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1p.m. Participation in these presentations will ensure that your voice is heard during our final selection and that you have a say in who your future professor might be. It's crucial that we have students to attend these teaching demos, so please say yes if you can.
Murphy Scholars: you also have the opportunity to interact with the candidates via remote lunches and receive a gift card to buy your own. These lunches will occur at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
If you'd like to participate in any of the above events, email email@example.com
by 5 p.m. 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 to receive information on the candidates and how to join.
Join us in supporting Murphy Fellow in Theatre Andy Vaught as he stages a reading of his play 𝘈 𝘏𝘰𝘯𝘬𝘺 𝘏𝘺𝘮𝘯 at Cotija's Mexican Grill In Little Rock tomorrow, June 25th, at 7 p.m. There will be 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 chips, salsa, and beer!
This autograph is by Murphy Visiting Writer David Wiesner, who visited Hendrix during the 2009-2010 academic year as part of our "Word and Image" lineup. As the author and illustrator of multiple children's books, Wiesner has been quite successful, three of his books having won Caldecott Medals. Indeed, one of the winning books is 𝘍𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘴𝘢𝘮 (2006), the book in which this autograph was made.
More autographs from our vault are on their way! First, we have Little Rock native Trenton Lee Stewart '92, who is known for his New York Times Best Selling series, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘵 𝘚𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺. He has visited Hendrix three times as a Murphy Visiting writer and was a Murphy Visiting Writer-in-Residence in 2019. Can you tell what his autograph of 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴 (2016) says?
Today we celebrate Juneteenth with Robert Hayden's 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘋𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴, a sonnet that defines freedom by recognizing one of the main figures who fought for it:
When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful
and terrible thing, needful to man as air,
usable as earth; when it belongs at last to all,
when it is truly instinct, brain matter, diastole, systole,
reflex action; when it is finally won; when it is more
than the gaudy mumbo jumbo of politicians:
this man, this Douglass, this former slave, this Negro
beaten to his knees, exiled, visioning a world
where none is lonely, none hunted, alien,
this man, superb in love and logic, this man
shall be remembered. Oh, not with statues’ rhetoric,
not with legends and poems and wreaths of bronze alone,
but with the lives grown out of his life, the lives
fleshing his dream of the beautiful, needful thing.
Murphy Scholar Savannah Wiegel '21 is a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major who graduated 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘢 𝘤𝘶𝘮 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘦 with many departmental honors in addition to winning a prestigious Watson Fellowship. An aspiring physician, she is fascinated by the roles that storytelling and communication play in healthcare, an interest reflected in her Murphy Scholar projects: the Conway Regional Medical Spanish Translation Project, the Narrative Medicine Reading Group and Conference, a Japanese language course, a personal writing workshop, and the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Essential Skills Program. Savannah also attended Hendrix-in-Madrid, went on the Spanish Civil War trip in Spain, and was a Spanish House resident. Congrats, Savannah! You've played a large role in the Hendrix community, and your awards and honors are well deserved.
Murphy Scholar Rosemarie Ochoa '21 graduated 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘢 𝘤𝘶𝘮 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘦 with distinction in both Music and Spanish. Her Murphy Scholar projects include the Ida Burns Reading Program where she read to elementary schoolchildren, the Spanish Civil War Trip in Spain, and attending Hendrix-in-Madrid. As a testament to her varied interests, Rosemarie also earned the Hendrix Choir Student Recognition Award as well as Phi Beta Kappa membership. Congrats, Rosemarie-- may your love for language carry you far!
Murphy Scholar Kailey Miller '21 graduated 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘢 𝘤𝘶𝘮 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘦 with distinction in both Odyssey and her major, Interdisciplinary Studies: Political Communications. Her Murphy Scholar projects include taking Arabic language lessons, going on the Spanish Civil War Trip, attending the workshop "Tell Us Something about Yourself: Write a Great Personal Statement in 5 Days," completing a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification course, and taking a Korean language course and lessons. With everything Kailey has accomplished, it's no wonder that she earned Phi Beta Kappa membership. Congrats, Kailey!