Hope Coulter

The Wheel of Light. Now available from the New Poets Series of BrickHouse Books.

Hope's debut poetry collection, The Wheel of Light, was released in April as part of the New Poets Series of BrickHouse Books. "What drew me to BrickHouse," says Coulter, "was this statement on their home page: 'We are always looking for submissions of excellent, fresh, non-trendy, literate, intelligent material in any form or style.' When I read that, I got excited at the thought that my work might be a good fit."

Thanks to BrickHouse Books for the Best of the Small Presses nomination!


March 1: An Evening with Creative Writing Faculty -- Reading with Jessica Jacobs and Tyrone Jaeger, 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall, Hendrix College (sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language)

April 9 & 11: 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival, Alexandria, Louisiana -- Saturday Reading and Workshop, 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2727 Jackson St., Alexandria, LA; Monday, Poetry in the Schools sessions at Rugg Elementary School

April 12: Launch Party for A Readers' Map of Arkansas -- 6:30 p.m. at the Oxford American Annex (supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

April 16: Panel Reading from A Readers' Map of Arkansas -- Arkansas Literary Festival

April 30: Creative Community Reading (First Community Bank of Batesville) -- Mountain Home, Arkansas

Smart women everywhere are entranced by The Wheel of Light.

What diploma? I'd rather be reading The Wheel of Light.

"Read the dog one! Please, please!"

Hope Coulter is a fiction writer and poet whose work has appeared in such journals as North American Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and Rattle. Winner of the 2014 Laman Library Writers Fellowship, she also won second place in Southwest Review’s Morton Marr poetry contest. She has been 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 two Pushcart nominations, Arkansas’s Porter Prize for Literary Excellence, and the Short Story Award of Louisiana Life magazine.

Hope was born in New Orleans and spent her early childhood in Little Rock before moving at age five to Alexandria, Louisiana, 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 directs the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, the writer Mel White.

Selected Works

The Wheel of Light illuminates both the ''lounge with leather bar stools'' and the ''swallowtails, in morning coats,'' which means that everything cast in the sublime glow of Hope Coulter's gaze can shine.
A disillusioned graduate student combs the wilds of Louisiana--in search not only of birds, but also of solutions to his problems with current and ex-girlfriends, a difficult dissertation advisor, and an overbearing uncle.
(August House, 1988; out of print)
(August House, 1990; out of print)

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