UAM Faculty To Participate In “Reader’s Map of Arkansas”

MONTICELLO, AR — “A Readers’ Map of Arkansas,” a program that honors Arkansas authors and writers, is coming to the University of Arkansas at Monticello September 29 at 7 p.m. in the Harris Recital Hall of the UAM Music Building.

            The event is free and open to the public and will include a public reading by three UAM faculty members who are also published authors — Mark Spencer, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, acclaimed poet Dr. Robert “Red Hawk” Moore, and Diane Payne, professor of English. Each will read from their published works. Also scheduled to appear is Sandy Longhorn, a former member of the faculty in UAM’s master of fine arts in creative writing program who is now a member of the faculty at the University of Central Arkansas.

            “A Reader’s Map of Arkansas” is available both online at and in print form. The current edition is a revision of a literary map published in 1994 by the late poet C.D. Wright as part of her “Lost Roads Project” and features works that have both influenced and been influenced by the state of Arkansas.  

            Readers’ Map posters will be on sale at the event, with proceeds going to the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Foundation. A free print copy will be available to any Arkansas school or library upon inquiry at

            A steering committee of writers, professors, and librarians worked for more than two years to develop the new edition in consultation with H.K. Stewart of H.K. Stewart Creative Services, who executed the graphic design. Project coordinator Hope Coulter, director of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language at Hendrix College, spearheaded the project, which is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Additional support comes from the Arkansas Library Association, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the Central Arkansas Library System Foundation, the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, the Porter Fund, and the University of Central Arkansas.


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