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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2021-2022 Visiting Writers
September 30 at 6pm
Emmy Pérez, Texas Poet Laureate 2020, has lived in the Texas borderlands for the past 20 years. She is the author of the poetry collections With the River on Our Face and Solstice; a volume of her New and Selected poems is forthcoming from TCU Press. She's been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, CantoMundo, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among others. Pérez is currently a professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she teaches in the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs and also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies.
October 21 at 6pm
Raul Garza is a Latinx playwright who has drawn acclaim for telling stories that resound with authenticity and sense of place. He explores the intersection of popular culture and cultural identity, and incorporates music, spirituality, and the power of nostalgia into works that span time and location. His play MyHEB garnered FronteraFest Best of Fest accolades. Garza’s full-length plays include Ruby, El, Confessions of a Mexpatriate, Pig. A Requiem for the '90s, The Last Mixtape, and There and Back, and his short stories have been published widely. He is creative director at TKO Advertising.
March 2 at 6pm
Tiphanie Yanique is a novelist, poet, essayist and short story writer. She is the author of the poetry collection, Wife, the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, and the collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony. Her writing has won the Bocas Award for Caribbean Fiction, the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an Academy of American Poet's Prize, among others. Yanique is from the Virgin Islands, and she now lives with her family in Atlanta where she is an associate professor at Emory University. Her forthcoming novel, Monster in the Middle, will be released in October.
David Wright Faladé
April 5 at 6pm
Location: Carter Auditorium (JBWS 186)
David Wright Faladé is the author of the novel, Black Cloud Rising (February 2022). His first book, Fire on the Beach, was one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Best Books of 2001 and a New Yorker notable selection. His second, Away Running, was named an Outstanding International Book by the US Board on Books for Young People. Faladé’s stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Callaloo, Newsday, and elsewhere. He is currently a fellow at the NYPL Cullman Center, and is formerly a Fulbright fellow to Brazil and a Dobie-Paisano fellow here in Austin.
Previous Visiting Writers
Previous Visiting Writers Series speakers include: