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.


Emmy Pérez
November 3, 2017
Business Building University Room
BB 2.06.04, 7 p.m.

Emmy Pérez is the author of With the River on Our Face (2016) and Solstice (2003). Her poetry has also been published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, and PALABRA. She was awarded a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship. She has also received the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award for her poetry and the James D. Phelan Award for her prose. She has received poetry fellowships from CantoMundo, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Since 2008, she has been a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros. Pérez is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and is an affiliate faculty member in Mexican American Studies.


Chibozie Obiama
February 9, 2018
Business Building University Room
BB 2.06.04, 7 p.m.

Chigozie Obioma's first novel, The Fisherman was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. The powerful story of a family and a nation torn apart by violence, it received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author. It was also listed as one of the best books of 2015 by the Economist, Library Journal, The New York Times, NPR, and Wall Street Journal, among others. It has been translated into 26 languages and adapted for the stage. Named by Foreign Policy to its list of “100 Global Thinkers” and by The New York Times Book Review as “the heir to Chinua Achebe,” Obioma grew up speaking Yoruba, Igbo, and English in Akure, in southwestern Nigeria. He received his B.A. from Cyprus International University and his M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. Chigozie currently teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, is scheduled for publication in 2018.


Karen Tei Yamashita
February 23, 2018
Business Building University Room
BB 2.06.04, 7 p.m.

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of several novels, including Through the Arc of the Rain Forest (1990), Brazil-Maru (1992), Tropic of Orange (1997), and I Hotel (2010). I Hotel was a finalist for the National Book Award and received the American Book Award, the California Book Award, and other awards. She has also published oddly wonderful hybrid books such as a mixed-genre graphic “short story collection, memoir and scrapbook” called Circle K Cycles (2001) and a collection of performances entitled Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance (2014). The Modern Language Association will soon publish a a collection of essays about teaching her work. She is an associate professor at the University of California Santa Cruz.


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