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

Emmy Pérez
September 30 at 6pm
Location: Zoom (Register here)

Emmy Pérez

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.

Raul Garza
October 21 at 6pm
Location: TBA

Raul Garza

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.

Tiphanie Yanique
Time, Date & Location: TBA

Tiphanie Yanique

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: TBA

David Wright

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 YorkerThe Village VoiceCallaloo, 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:

  • Kazim Ali
  • Eula Biss
  • Jericho Brown
  • Oscar Caseres
  • Cyrus Cassells
  • Ana Castillo
  • Denise Chavez
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Natalie Diaz
  • Steven Dietz
  • Doug Dorst
  • Jennifer duBois
  • 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
  • Ada Limón
  • Karan Mahajan
  • Sarah Manguso
  • Elizabeth McCracken
  • Dinaw Mengestu
  • Debra Monroe
  • Dinty Moore
  • Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Roger Reeves
  • Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
  • Karen Russell
  • Diane Seuss
  • ire'ne lara silva
  • Gary Soto
  • Natalia Sylvester
  • Deb Olin Unferth
  • Jean Valentine
  • Jesús I. Valles
  • Derek Walcott
  • Monica Wood
  • Dean Young