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Note: Dates in parentheses are Hendrix visit dates.


Since 1978, the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation has hosted the following U.S. Poets Laureate:

  • Marvin Bell (1985)
  • Howard Nemerov (1987)
  • Gwendolyn Brooks (1994)
  • Richard Wilbur (1998)
  • Rita Dove (1999)
  • Robert Pinsky (2001)
  • Donald Hall (2004)
  • Ted Kooser (2006)
  • Louise Glück (2013)


--and has brought to campus winners of the following awards:


Nobel Prize in Literature

  • Seamus Heaney (1984, 1990)


Pulitzer Prize

  • Howard Nemerov (1987)
  • Carolyn Kizer (1988)
  • Charles Gordone (1991)
  • Gwendolyn Brooks (1994)
  • N. Scott Momaday (1997)
  • Richard Wilbur (two-time winner) (1998)
  • Jonathan Yardley (1998)
  • Rita Dove (1999)
  • Yusef Komunyakaa (2000)
  • Stephen Greenblatt (2003)
  • Ted Kooser (2006)
  • Jane Smiley (2006)
  • Suzan-Lori Parks (2007)
  • Art Spiegelman (2009)
  • Jorie Graham (2009)
  • Louise Glück (2013)


National Book Award

  • Ellen Gilchrist (1982)
  • Maya Angelou (1983)
  • Barry Lopez (twice) (1985, 2006)
  • Richard Wilbur (1998)
  • Howard Nemerov (twice) (1987)
  • Virginia Hamilton (1985)
  • Allen Ginsberg (1986)
  • Tim O’Brien (2003)
  • Stephen Greenblatt (2003)
  • Maxine Hong Kingston (2008)
  • Louise Glück (2013)

American Book Award

  • Ellen Gilchrist (1982)
  • Martin Bernal (1991)
  • Dana Gioa (1992)
  • Ed Sanders (1993)
  • Gerald Graff (2000)
  • Li-Young Lee (2003)
  • Frank Chin (2009)
  • Art Spiegelman (2009)
  • Luis Urrea (2011)
  • John Wideman (2011)
  • Arthur Sze (2013)


National Book Critics Circle Award

  • John Gardner (1979)
  • Reynolds Price (1982, 1985)
  • Barry Lopez (1985, 2006)
  • Donald Hall (2004)
  • Jane Smiley (2006)
  • Maxine Hong Kingston (2008)
  • Louise Glück (2013)
  • C.D. Wright (2013)


American Academy of Arts and Letters Award

  • Denise Levertov (1980)
  • Miller Williams (1984, 1995)
  • Barry Lopez (1985, 2006)
  • Howard Nemerov (1987)
  • Carolyn Kizer (1988)
  • Romulus Linney (1994)
  • N. Scott Momaday (1997)
  • Richard Wilbur (1998)
  • Yusef Komunyakaa (2000)
  • Robert PInsky (2001)
  • Tim O’Brien (2003)
  • Jane Smiley (2006)
  • Suzan-Lori Parks (2007)
  • Maxine Hong Kingston (2008)
  • Lydia Davis (2010)
  • Dan Welcher (2013)
  • Louise Glück (2013)


Man Booker Prize

  • Lydia Davis (2010)
  • Michael Ondaatje (2012)


Obie Award

  • Charles Gordone (1991)
  • Romulus Linney (1994)


John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowships

  • Suzan-Lori Parks (2007)
  • Jorie Graham (2009)
  • Lydia Davis (2010)
  • John Edgar Wideman (2011)
  • C. D. Wright (2013)


National Poetry Series Award

  • Karen Swenson (2002)


National Critics Award

  • Romulus Linney (1994)


National Book Foundation Medal

  • Gwendolyn Brooks (1994)