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Riddle Takes First Place in Student Art Exhibition

Winners of the 15th Annual Hemingway-Pfeiffer Student Art Exhibition were announced February 4 at a reception at the Piggott City Market. The annual juried art competition invites students within a 50-mile radius of Piggott to submit art for exhibition at the museum.  This year, works were submitted by eleven school districts in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.  Prizes for the competition were provided by the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center of Piggott.

Student art was exhibited at Piggott City Market from January 31-February 3, with a reception for artists and awards ceremony on February 4. This year’s winner was Blue Man Staring by Caleb Riddle, a senior at Piggott High School. Second place was Preparation by Bianca Thomas of Puxico High School.  Third place was Radical Bruh by Jessie Martin of Bay High School.  A number of honorable mentions were also awarded.



4th Annual Hemingway-Pfeiffer Short Story Contest

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center will sponsor its Fourth Annual Short Story Contest. This is a state-wide competition open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in an Arkansas college or university, regardless of major. The only stipulations are that the submitted material must be an unpublished fictional short story on any subject matter no more than 2500 words in length. All submissions are due to the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum no later than April 3, 2017. Winners will be notified by May 1. They will receive a free spot in this June’s Writers’ Retreat and will be invited to give a public reading at the museum.

This year’s contest will be judged by Andrea Hollander, the author of four full-length poetry collections: Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Woman in the Painting; The Other Life; and House Without a Dreamer, which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Other honors include an Oregon Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes (in poetry and prose memoir), the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, the Runes Poetry Prize, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Arkansas Arts Council. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, college textbooks, and literary journals. For twenty-two years she served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches workshops at the Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series.

Students interested in the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Short Story Contest should contact the museum.



2017 Cuba Trip Announced

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center is taking a very unique trip to Cuba in May 2017. This Friends of the Pfeiffers trip will follow Hemingway’s footsteps from his novel Islands in the Stream. This small, guided trip is open to the public and will visit the beautiful and virgin cayos (keys) along pristine central coast, along with sites associated with Hemingway’s time in Cuba and other traditional sites in Havana.

Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba for 21 years. He wrote The Old Man and the Sea (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize) at the home he called Finca Vigía or “lookout farm,” which is located nine miles outside of Havana.

This 8-day/7-night trip will have two exciting parts. First, we will travel to Havana to enjoy the art, music, dance and architecture of the city. Travelers will enjoy a private reception with the Curator of Finca Vigía, explore Old Havana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and see the amazing architecture in Central Havana. We will stop at many of Hemingway’s favorite places: Hotel Ambos Mundos, La Bodeguita del Medio, El Floridita, and Sloppy Joe’s. In addition to sites specifically associated with Hemingway, travelers will also get to enjoy some of the Cuban classics: a visit to the Rum Museum, a ride in a classic American car, and a visit to a cigar factory. Part two will be an amazing exploration of the keys off the central coast, Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, which provided the backdrop for Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream. Guests will have an opportunity to interact with the locals for optional activities including fishing, diving, snorkeling, hiking, bird watching, or just exchanging ideas with other Hemingway lovers.

This is the museum’s second trip to Cuba. Thirty-four travelers from ten states joined the museum for a trip in 2014. To register for the trip, or to get pricing or other information, contact the museum.



Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Holds Retreat for Veterans

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center recently held a Writing Retreat for Military Veterans. This weekend retreat was funded through a partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Over the course of the weekend, nine talented writers came together to hone their skills and to form a community in Northeast Arkansas at the site where Ernest Hemingway penned much of his iconic war novel A Farewell to Arms.

Dr. Rob Lamm of Arkansas State University served as mentor for the retreat. Lamm, a mentor at other retreats at HPMEC, said, “These are very special people–veterans from many branches of service who share a love of literature. Ernest Hemingway would have been impressed by their writing talents. Even more, he would admire their courage as some chose to revisit the drama and trauma of their experiences by writing memoirs, fiction, and poetry.” Lamm continued, “Courage was the unstated yet ever-present theme of the Retreat. Some writers recalled battles that we associate with war. Others wrote of battles for social acceptance and struggles with personal demons.”

Writers began each day with exercises to get them started, often looking at samples of Hemingway’s writing as models for their own. They enjoyed lunch together at the Educational Center and ended the afternoon with a group meeting to reflect, share, and discuss the processes used by each writer. Between formal meetings, the writers had time to work individually, often in the same rooms where Hemingway wrote. The format allowed writers time to focus on their own creative interests, to receive feedback on their work, and to form relationships with other writers.

Writers’ Retreats for general audiences are held twice annually at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott. The next retreat is scheduled for Nov. 7-11, 2016, with Andrea Hollander of Portland, OR, serving as mentor. Click here for more information.



Smith Wins Third Annual Short Story Contest

Photo Courtesy of Dixie Knight Photography

Jo McDougall.  Photo Courtesy of Dixie Knight Photography

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum has announced the winners of its 3rd Annual Short Fiction contest. Mike Smith of Lyon College won first place for his story “Courage,” which the judge said, “has compelling characters and dialog, and it kept me interested all through the story. The author tells a story vividly and with a sure control.” Smith was selected from a field of submissions from undergraduate students at public and private institutions in the state of Arkansas.

Justin Duyao of Harding University won second place. The judge said his story, “SportsCenter and Cigarettes,” “is a story well told about love and change and disappointment, and it is paced well. Its ending surprised me.” Austin Ellis of John Brown University won third place for his story “Most Wonderful Things” The judge says: “The setting is compelling and mysterious, and the characters, children dealing with their parents’ conflict, are believable. The imagery, especially in the ending line, is powerful.”

The contest was judged by Jo McDougall. She is the author of a memoir, Daddy’s Money: a Memoir of Farm and Family, University of Arkansas Press, and seven books of poetry, including her most recent, In the Home of the Famous Dead: Collected Poems, University of Arkansas Press (2015), and The Undiscovered Room, Tavern Books (2016). She has taught fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry at various universities in the South and the Midwest and has directed the fiction, non-fiction, and poetry writing workshops at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Educational Center.  She has also conducted prose and poetry workshops at the Writers Place, Kansas City, Missouri; the Chautauqua Institute; Round Top Writing Festival, and others. She is the author of numerous essays and book reviews published in Midwest Quarterly and Georgia Review. She is the winner of awards from, among others, the DeWitt Wallace Readers Digest Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the Porter Prize Fund, as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Colony. McDougall’s work has appeared in such journals as Georgia Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Toad Suck Review, and New Letters. She has been inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame. A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas, McDougall was co-director of the creative writing program at Pittsburg State University, where she also directed the Distinguished Visiting Writing Series. She lives in Little Rock.



Hemingway-Pfeiffer Art Exhibition Winner Announced

IMG_1540PIGGOTT – Winners of the 14th Annual Hemingway-Pfeiffer Student Art Exhibition were announced January 30 at a reception at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott.  The annual juried art competition invites students within a 50-mile radius of Piggott to submit art for exhibition at the museum.  This year, works were submitted by eight school districts in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.  Prizes for the competition were provided by the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center of Piggott.

Student art was exhibited on the campus of ASU-Jonesboro from January 11-22. The exhibition was then on display at the museum’s Educational Center in Piggott from January 26-29, with a reception for artists and awards ceremony on January 30.  This year’s winner was See No Evil by Anna Oppenheim, a freshman at Bay High School.



New Version of Hemingway Book Features Pauline’s Writings

Earlier this month, a new version of Hemingway’s 1935 Green Hills of Africa was released in celebration of the eightieth anniversary of the book.  Green Hills of Africa is Hemingway’s semi-autobiographical account of his 1933-34 safari.  His wife Pauline accompanied him on this safari.  In fact, Pauline’s uncle Gus Pfeiffer funded it.

The new edition, edited by Ernest’s grandson Sean, features an appendix of documents which give context to the book itself.  Among these is Pauline’s previously unpublished journal from the African trip.  This is a rare example of Pauline’s writing in print and will be of great interest to those wanting to know more about Pauline and her relationship with Ernest.

To learn more, read the full story here.



Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Holds Retreat for Military Veterans

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center recently held a Writing Retreat for Military Veterans. This weekend retreat was funded through a partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Over the course of the weekend, thirteen talented writers came together to hone their skills and to form a community in Northeast Arkansas at the site where Ernest Hemingway penned much of his iconic war novel A Farewell to Arms.

Dr. Rob Lamm of Arkansas State University served as mentor for the retreat. Lamm, a mentor at other retreats at HPMEC, said, “This was our first retreat attended exclusively by veterans.” He continued, “All of the writers had works in progress, so some chose to continue those works. Many wrote on their experiences in the service: boot camp, deployments (including Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay), and missions almost anywhere in the world. Others were interested in other creative genres.” Asked what he took away from the retreat, Lamm replied, “I learned about experiences unique to those who have served their country and sometimes risked their lives doing so. I shared the synergy of the group as we inspired each other to write better and more.”

Writers began each day with exercises to get them started, often looking at samples of Hemingway’s writing as models for their own. They enjoyed lunch together at the Educational Center and ended the afternoon with a group meeting to reflect, share, and discuss the processes used by each writer. Between formal meetings, the writers had time to work individually, often in the same rooms where Hemingway wrote. The format allowed writers time to focus on their own creative interests, to receive feedback on their work, and to form relationships with other writers.

Writers’ Retreats for general audiences are held twice annually at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott. The next retreat is scheduled for Nov. 2-6, 2015, with Pat Carr of Fayetteville serving as mentor. This is the museum’s first retreat specifically for military veterans, though they are looking into the possibility of having another in the future. Click here for more information.



New Professional Photography Policy Announced

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum announced a new policy for professional photographers this week. Professional photographers are asked to contact the museum to take photos during regular business hours, Monday-Saturday from 9-5. Professional photographers taking pictures during business hours may be subject to a fee. The grounds remain free and open to professional photographers outside of business hours.

Of the new policy, museum director Adam Long says, “Thanks to all those in the community who take pride in this house and want to use it as a background for photos. We hope you’ll keep doing so. We also want to make sure our guests on tours have an uninterrupted experience and leave Piggott with the best impression. To make this possible, we hope you’ll join us in making sure we are being conscientious during business hours.”

Please contact us with questions about the policy.



June 2015 Writers’ Retreat Held

June 2015 Writers' RetreatThe Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center recently held its Summer Writers’ Retreat. Over the course of the week, twelve talented writers came together to hone their skills and to form a community in Northeast Arkansas at the site where Ernest Hemingway penned much of his iconic novel A Farewell to Arms.

Garry Craig Powell of Conway, AR, served as mentor for the retreat. Powell grew up in England and attended the universities of Cambridge and Durham, and later, the University of Arizona. He has lived in Spain and Portugal, Poland and the United Arab Emirates, which is the setting for his novel-in-stories, Stoning the Devil (Skylight Press, 2012), which was long-listed for the Frank O’ Connor Short Story Award and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. The book has been described as “mesmerizing” by both George Singleton and Naomi Shihab Nye. His short stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2009, McSweeney’s, Nimrod, New Orleans Review and other literary magazines, and he has been awarded fellowships by the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, the Hambidge Foundation, and the Arkansas Arts Council. Garry Craig Powell is an Associate Professor in the Writing Department at the University of Central Arkansas, where he teaches creative writing to undergraduates and graduate students, and he is completing a historical novel about the life of Gabriel D’ Annunzio, Italy’s greatest poet, playwright, playboy, and war hero in the early twentieth century–and also, arguably, the “John the Baptist” of the Fascist movement. For more information, see his website, garrycraigpowell.com.

Writers began each day with time to write and then came together to look at samples of Hemingway’s writing as models for their own. They enjoyed lunch together at the Educational Center and ended the afternoon with a group meeting to reflect, share, and discuss the processes used by each writer. The format allowed writers time to focus on their own creative interests, to receive feedback on their work, and to form relationships with other writers. Writers also enjoyed a reading of Powell’s own work.

Writers’ Retreats are held twice annually at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott. The next retreat is scheduled for Nov. 2-6, 2015, with Pat Carr of Fayetteville serving as mentor. The museum will also hold a special writing retreat for military veterans in July. This special opportunity is held in partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council.