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.


Ben Fountain
October 11, 2013—7:30 p.m.
Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04)

A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Ben Fountain received a law degree from Duke University in 1983. In 1988, he resigned his position at the Dallas firm of Akin Gump in order to write fiction full-time. His first book, a collection of short stories called Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (2006), earned him the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Whiting Writers Award. His first novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2012), received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction, and the Flaherty-Duhman Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other honors that Fountain has received include the Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award (which he received twice), the Pushcart Prize, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and the O. Henry Award (which he received twice). He reported on Haiti after the earthquake for the public radio program This American Life. He holds the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University.


Kevin Young
November 15, 2013—7:30 p.m.
Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04)

Co-sponsored by Dr. Joycelyn Moody,
Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature

Kevin Young's books of poetry include Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (2011), Dear Darkness (2008), For the Confederate Dead ((2007), Black Maria (2005), Jelly Roll (2003), and Most Way Home (1995). A 1993 National Poetry Series winner, Young has received a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. His poetry and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Callaloo. He has edited numerous anthologies, including The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012), The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton: 1965-2010 (2012), The Best American Poetry 2011 (2011), The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing (2010), Jazz Poems (2006), Selected Poems: John Berryman (2004), Blues Poems (2003), and Giant Steps: The New Generation of African-American Writers (2000). His newest book is The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness (2012), which received the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and was listed as a New York Times Notable Book. He is the Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and the Curator of Literary Collections at Emory University's Raymond Danowski Poetry Library.


Reyna Grande
February 7, 2014—7:30 p.m.
Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04)

Co-sponsored by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
and in cooperation with Gemini Ink

Reyna Grande's latest book, The Distance Between Us (2012), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "the Angela's Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience." Grande's first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains (2006), received a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award, a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second critically acclaimed novel, Dancing With Butterflies (2009), received the 2010 International Latino Book Award. Born in Iguala, Guerrero in Mexico, the author was two years old when her father left for the United States to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, nine years old, Reyna entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. She later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. Reyna Grande transferred from Pasadena City College in 1996 and earned her B.A. in Creative Writing and Film and Video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Later she earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She lives in Los Angeles.


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