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.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 3:30pm
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.”
Monday, October 3, 2016 6pm
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."
Monday, March 6, 2017 6pm
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.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6pm
Karan Mahajan grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning, won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award and was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, was released in March and has already been chosen as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a best book of the year by Time magazine. 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.”
Previous Visiting Writers Series speakers include:
A Van Jordan
Naomi Shihab Nye