Sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities, the Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series brings award-winning writers to campus to read from their work, talk about their writing, and interact with our students.

Both the St. Edward's and larger Austin community benefit from the novelists, poets, and playwrights who come to campus. These working artists inspire students and add dimension to professors' curriculum. For more information about the Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series, please contact Associate Professor Mary Helen Specht at maryhs@stedwards.edu.

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Visiting Writers Enjoy A Hilltop Welcome

Students at St. Edward’s had the chance to meet three highly accomplished writers this fall when Jonathan Safran Foer, Mindy Kaling and Eula Biss visited campus. Read More.

2020-2021 Visiting Writers

All readings will take place via Zoom webinars until further notice. Check back for details on registering to attend Kinsey events.

ire'ne lara silva
Tuesday, October 6, 2020  6:00pm

ire'ne lara silva

ire’ne lara silva is the author of three poetry collections, furia, Blood Sugar Canto, and CUICACALLI/House of Song, an e-chapbook, Enduring Azucares, and a short story collection, flesh to bone, which won the Premio Aztlán. She and poet Dan Vera are also the co-editors of Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, a collection of poetry and essays. ire’ne is the recipient of a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant. She was the fiction finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award and the final recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award.

Funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Partnership with Chicanx and Latinx Studies and Women's and Gender Studies.

Register here: https://stedwards.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JV-_CipSQQWmHpvBobY_xw

Deb Olin Unferth
Tuesday, October 27, 2020  6:00 pm

Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of six books, including the novel Barn 8. Her essays and fiction have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Granta, Vice, and McSweeney’s. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship and three Pushcart Prizes, and she was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is an associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin. She also is the director of the Pen City Writers, creative writing courses offered at a penitentiary in south Texas.

Register here:  https://stedwards.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oCrZRM_KQvKckDUdtxDkIw

Roger Reeves
Thursday, February 11, 2021  6:00 pm

Roger Reeves

Roger Reeves earned his PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, and is the author of King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), winner of the Larry Levis Reading Prize, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, and a John C. Zacharis First Book Award. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award and a Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and Princeton University. An associate professor of poetry in the English Department at the University of Texas, Austin, his second collection of poetry is forthcoming from W. W. Norton.

Partnership with the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Register here: https://stedwards.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jHov-J0VQuWhJdH0OKBa9Q

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:00 pm

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. He moved to the U.S. at the age of 31 and began to write in English at 35. A former Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and a Dobie Paisano Fellow in fiction through the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters, he earned his MFA from The New Writers Project at UT Austin. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly, and elsewhere. He is the author of the short story collection Barefoot Dogs, which won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction 2015, and the forthcoming novel The Healing Room.

Register here:  https://stedwards.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4CYbnt_oSiGBQCqbdnY4dA

Previous Visiting Writers

Previous Visiting Writers Series speakers include:

  • Kazim Ali
  • Eula Biss
  • Jericho Brown
  • Oscar Caseres
  • Cyrus Cassells
  • Ana Castillo
  • Denise Chavez
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Natalie Diaz
  • Steven Dietz
  • Doug Dorst
  • Nathan Englander
  • Tarfia Faizullah
  • Carrie Fountain
  • Ben Fountain
  • Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Jorie Graham
  • Virginia Grise
  • Joy Harjo
  • Terrance Hayes
  • Marie Howe
  • A Van Jordan
  • Phillip Levine
  • Karan Mahajan
  • Sarah Manguso
  • Elizabeth McCracken
  • Dinaw Mengestu
  • Debra Monroe
  • Dinty Moore
  • Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Diane Seuss
  • Gary Soto
  • Natalia Sylvester
  • Jean Valentine
  • Derek Walcott
  • Monica Wood
  • Dean Young