Reading Series

The UTSA Creative Writing Reading Series was inaugurated in 1983 when Carolyn Forché read on a Friday afternoon to a room of 100 people. Over the years the series has hosted such writers as Mary Oliver, Ernest Gaines, Tobias Wolff, Denise Levertov, Alberto Ríos, Pat Mora, Diane Wakoski, Edward Hirsch, and many other poets and fiction writers who not only give public readings but also visit classes and meet with students about their writing. We’ve had as many as twelve readings by visiting writers in a year but have settled on three or four annually as an ideal number.This reading series is made possible through the generosity of our Donors.

Philipp Meyer
February 5, 2016
Faculty Center Assembly Room
John Peace Library (JPL 4.04.22), 7 p.m.

Philipp Meyer is the author of The Son and American Rust. Meyer grew up in a working class neighborhood in Baltimore and has worked as an EMT, a construction worker, and a financial trader. He received his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Meyer's first novel, American Rust, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second novel, The Son, was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize. A New York Times Notable Book and on numerous "Ten Best Books" lists, The Son has been on the bestseller list in six countries, and Meyers is in the process of adapting it for television. Meyer has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Dobie Paisano Fellowship, and he has been named one of the New Yorker's 20 best writers under 40.

Rigoberto González
March 4, 2016
Faculty Center Assembly Room
John Peace Library (JPL 4.04.22), 7 p.m.

Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His ten books of prose include two bilingual children's books, three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series, the novel Crossing Vines, the story collection Men Without Bliss, and three books of nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He also edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and Xicano Duende: A Select Anthology. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA, and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes and Nobel Writer for Writers Award, he is a contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine, on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

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