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.

Grisel Acosta and Vincent Toro
September 23, 2016
Business Building University Room
BB 2.06.04, 7 p.m.

Grisel Acosta is a writer from Chicago who teaches at The City University of New York’s Bronx Community College. She received her Ph.D. in English and Latino/a Literature at UTSA in 2010. She has performed her work at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, as well as the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio and the Chicago Poetry Festival, among many other venues. Her creative work has been published in Nineteen Sixty Nine: An Ethnic Studies Journal, Voices de la Luna, MiPoesis, Pembroke Magazine, as well as other publications, and her scholarly work has been published in such places as The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, African American Women’s Language, Western American Literature, and Diálogo.

Vincent Toro is a poet and playwright who teaches at The City University of New York’s Bronx Community College as well as for The Dream Project, a non-profit organization that places working artists in the schools and local communities. He recently received the Sawtooth Poetry Prize for his collection of poems Stereo. Island. Mosaic. (Ahsahta Press, 2015). He has an MFA from Rutgers University, and received a 2014 Poet’s House Emerging Poet’s Fellowship. He was also awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry for 2014. His poems have appeared widely, in such journals as Rattapallax, The Paterson Literary Review, Vallum, Bordersenses, Kweli Literary Journal, The Buenos Aires Review, Really System, Five Quarterly, Codex, and Duende Literary Journal, and in such anthologies as CHORUS and The Waiting Room Reader 2.

Barbara Hamby and David Kirby
November 7, 2016
Business Building University Room
BB 2.06.04, 7 p.m.

Barbara Hamby's books include On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburg Press, 2014), Lester Higata’s 20th Century (University of Iowa Press, 2010), Seriously Funny, co-edited with David Kirby (University of Georgia Press, 2009), All-Night Lingo Tango (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), Babel (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004), The Alphabet of Desire (New York University Press, 1999), Delirium (University of North Texas Press, 1995), Skin (a chapbook, Silverfish Review Press, 1995), and Eating Bees (a chapbook, New Sins Press, 1992). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry, Good Poems: American Places, Good Poems for Hard Times, as well as in Best American Poetry. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA Fellowship in addtion to numerous prizes and awards, she is a Distinguished University Scholar at Florida State University.

David Kirby is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University. His many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, four Pushcart Prizes, and a Brittingham Prize in Poetry; his work has also appeared in many anthologies, including Best American Poetry. The most recent of his over twenty books include The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems by David Kirby (LSU Press, 2007), Ultra-Talk: Johnny Cash, The Mafia, Shakespeare, Drum Music, St. Teresa of Avila, and 17 Other Colossal Topics of Conversation (University of Georgia Press, 2007), The Temple Gate Called Beautiful (Alice James Books, 2008), Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2009), Talking About Movies with Jesus (LSU Press, 2011), The Biscuit Joint (LSU Press, 2013), and A Wilderness of Monkeys (Hanging Loose Press, 2014).

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
February 3, 2017
Business Building University Room
BB 2.06.04, 7 p.m.

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. A former Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University, a Dobie Paisano fellow in fiction at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters, and a Walter E. Dakin fellow in fiction at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he earned his MFA from The New Writers Project at UT Austin. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly, The Millions, and elsewhere. His debut story collection Barefoot Dogs won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Texas Observer and PRI’s The World. It was translated into Spanish as Los perros descalzos by the author, and is forthcoming in Dutch. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, where he’s currently at work on a novel.

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