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

Both the St. Edward's and larger Austin community have benefited from the award‐winning 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 Assistant Professor Mary Helen Specht at maryhs [at] stedwards.edu.

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2016-2017 Visiting Writers

Jonathan Safran Foer
Tuesday, September 20, 2016  3:30pm
Mabee Ballroom


Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. His new novel Here I Am, according to Publishers Weekly, “poses thorny moral questions, among them how to have religious faith in the modern world, and what American Jews' responsibilities are toward Israel.”


Eula Biss
Monday, October 3, 2016  6pm
Carter Auditorium

Eula Biss

Eula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award for nonfiction; Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award for criticism; and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. The Chicago Tribune says, "Biss is telling us the story of our country—one we never saw coming."


Kazim Ali
Monday, March 6, 2017  6pm
Carter Auditorium

Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator. His books include several volumes of poetry: Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award, The Fortieth Day, and the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. He has also published translations of Water's Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri, Oasis of Now: Selected Poems by Sohrab Sepehri, and (with Libby Murphy) L'amour by Marguerite Duras. His books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan


Karan Mahajan
Tuesday, March 28, 2017  6pm
Carter Auditorium

Karan Mahajan

Karan Mahajan grew up in New Delhi, India. His novel The Association of Small Bombs, released last March, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Time magazine, among others. Critic Sunil Sethi says Mahajan “maps the nature of terrorist violence--from the stirrings of disaffection to its deadly outburst and embittered aftermath--in a completely original way,” and Slate that he “has committed to a radical and extended act of empathy.” Mahajan’s first novel, Family Planning, won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award and was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize.


Previous Visiting Writers

Previous Visiting Writers Series speakers include:

Oscar Casares

Cyrus Cassells

Ana Castillo

Denise Chavez

Lucille Clifton

Steven Dietz

Doug Dorst

Ben Fountain

Carrie Fountain

Jorie Graham

Joy Harjo

Terrance Hayes

Marie Howe

A Van Jordan

Philip Levine

Elizabeth McCracken

Dinaw Mengestu

Debra Monroe

Dinty Moore

Naomi Shihab Nye

Gary Soto

Jean Valentine

Derek Walcott

Monica Wood

Dean Young