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Hendrix professor awarded writers fellowship

Posted: January 9, 2014 - 8:53pm

Hendrix writing professor Hope Coulter is the 2014 Laman Library Writers Fellowship Recipient, announced by the William F. Laman Public Library System earlier this week.

Laman Library seeks to encourage the creation of literature by Arkansans, for Arkansans. For that reason, Laman Library founded the Laman Library Writers Fellowship in March 2010 to provide grants to writers that will assist them in the writing and publishing process.

Each year, a grant of up to $10,000 is awarded in the first quarter to a previously published Arkansas author. The grant will be paid in consecutive monthly installments. Authors will be selected based on the creative excellence of their work by a cadre of literary professionals who are independent from Laman Library. The library is not involved in the selection process, but reserves first right of refusal.

Coulter is a fiction writer and poet whose work has appeared in such journals as North American Review, The Carolina Quarterly and Rattle. She recently won second place in Southwest Review’s Morton Marr poetry contest and last year was a semifinalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award as well as a finalist for the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize. Other honors include a Pushcart nomination, Arkansas’ Porter Prize for Literary Excellence, and the Short Story Award of Louisiana Life magazine.

She was born in New Orleans and spent her early childhood in Little Rock before moving at age five to Alexandria, La., where she attended public schools. She received her A.B. from Harvard and her M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte. Her first two novels — “The Errand of the Eye” and “Dry Bones” — were published in 1988 and 1990 by August House Publishers, and her children’s picture book, “Uncle Chuck’s Truck,” came out in 1993 from Bradbury Press.

Since 1993 Hope has taught creative writing at Hendrix College, where she currently serves as Director of the Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature & Language. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, writer Mel White and she has three children, Caroline, Nathan and Tom.

On Friday, Jan. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Laman Library there will be a special reception for the opening of their latest exhibit, the Arkansas Arts Center’s “George Fisher; The Presidents.” During this reception there will be a check presentation ceremony to recognize the 2014 Laman Library Writers Fellowship Recipient.

Previous fellows are Grif Stockley, author of six legal novels and several non-fiction books on race relations in Arkansas; Kevin Brockmeier, adult novelist and children’s author, Mara Leveritt, true crime journalist and author, and Davis McCombs whose work appears in The Best American Poetry 1996 and 2008.

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