Visiting Writers Series

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 will inspire students and add dimension to professors' curriculum.

Visiting Writers and Poets: 2014-2015

All Visiting Writers readings are free and open to the public.

Carrie Fountain

Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tin House, and Poetry, among others. Her debut collection, Burn Lake, was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner and was published in 2010 by Penguin. Born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, Fountain received her MFA as a fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently writer-in-residence at St. Edward's University, she lives in Austin with her husband, playwright Kirk Lynn, and their children. Her second collection, Instant Winner, will be published by Penguin in October of 2014.

Thursday, October 2, 7:30 p.m. | Mabee Ballrooms





Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of five books: Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry (stories), the novels The Giant’s House and Niagara Falls All Over Again, the memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and Thunderstruck & Other Stories.  She’s received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Liguria Study Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas, Austin, and boy are her arms tired.

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. | Carter Auditorium (JBWS 186)




A Faculty Reading 

to honor the release of Migratory Animals

Please join us for an evening of readings from St. Edward’s faculty.  Mary Helen Specht will read from Migratory Animals, her debut novel published this spring by Harper Perennial.  There will also be readings of poetry and creative nonfiction from Dr. Alan Altimont, Tomas Morin, and others with recently published creative work. 

Tuesday, February 17th, 5:00 p.m. | Jones Auditorium (RAGS 101)




Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series, and Wind in a Box. His latest collection, How to Be Drawn, is forthcoming in 2015. He is a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania. Hayes’ other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a profile on the PBS Newshour with Jim Leher, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. | Carter Auditorium (JBWS 186)

Please contact Mary Helen Specht for information on how these readings could compliment your curriculum.

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