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.


Erna Brodber
September 19, 2014
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Dr. Brodber is the author of four novels: The Rainmaker's Mistake (2006), Louisiana (1994), Myal (1988) and Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980). A cultural icon, Dr. Brodber has won numerous awards. In 2011, University of the West Indies at Mona conferred on her the Honorary Doctor of Letters, and in 2004 she was award the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for exemplary public service by the Government of Jamaica. She was also honored as the Prince Klaus Laureate by the Government of The Netherlands in 2005 and named a Distinguished Caribbean Writer and Scholar by the Association of Caribbean Writers in the same year. Dr. Brodber won the Musgrave Gold Medal for Literature and Orature in 1999 and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for the Canada and Caribbean region in 1989. Dr. Brodber is currently the Writer-In-Residence at University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.


Martha Collins and Kevin Prufer
October 17, 2014
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Martha Collins is the author of Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pitt Poetry Series, 2012), and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), along with four earlier collections of poems, three books of co-translations from Vietnamese, and two chapbooks. Both White Papers and Blue Front won Ohioana awards. Blue Front also won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was chosen as one of "25 Books to Remember from 2006" by the New York Public Library. Collins' other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation, as well as three Pushcart Prizes, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, a Lannan residency grant, and the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize. Collins founded the Creative Writing Program at UMass-Boston, and for ten years was Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She is currently editer-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press. In spring 2010, she served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University.

Kevin Prufer is the author of several books of poetry, including Fallen from a Chariot (Carnegie Mellon, 2005), National Anthem (Four Way Books, 2008), In a Beautiful Country (Four Way Books, 2011), and Churches (Four Way Books, 2014). He has also edited numerous volumes, including New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008; with Wayne Miller), New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois UP, 2000), the forthcoming Into English (Graywolf, 2015; with Martha Collins), and Literary Publishing in the 21st Century (Milkweed Editions, 2015; with Wayne Miller and Travis Kurokwsky). With Phong Nguyen and Wayne Miller, he curates the Unsung Masters Series, a book series devoted to bringing great out-of-print authors to new readers. He has received three Pushcart prizes, multiple Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Society of America, and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston.


Wendy Barker Festschrift Book Launch
February 20, 2014
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Join us for an evening celebrating our friend and colleague, Dr. Wendy Barker. Wendy's fifth collection of poetry, a novel in prose poems, Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years (Del Sol Press, 2009) was runner up for the Del Sol Prize. Earlier full-length collections include Poems from Paradise (WordTech, 2005), Way of Whiteness (Wings Press, 2000), Let the Ice Speak (Ithaca House, 1991), and Winter Chickens (Corona, 1990). She has also published three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2013, as well as dozens of journals, including Gettysburg Review, Poetry, Georgia Review, Southern Review, and Boulevard. Recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships, she is also the author of Lunacy of Light: Emily Dickinson and the Experience of Metaphor and co-editor (with Sandra M. Gilbert) of The House Is Made of Poetry: The Art of Ruth Stone. Her co-translations from the Bengali of Rabindranath Tagore received the Sourette Diehl Fraser Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Bulgarian, and Punjabi.


Robin Black
March 6, 2014
Canceled, due to severe weather

Robin Black's short story collection If I loved you, I would tell you this was a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize and an O. Magazine Summer Reading Pick. Her debut novel Life Drawing has been called "a magnificent literary achievement," by Karen Russell; and of Black's writing Claire Messud has said "(she) is a writer of great wisdom, and illuminates, without undue emphasis, the flickering complexity of individual histories." Black's stories and essays have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Southern Review and One Story. She was the 2012-2013 Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bryn Mawr College and has taught most recently in the Brooklyn College MFA program. Black lives with her family in Philadelphia and is at work on her next novel.


Visitor Parking is available in the Bauerle garage (Business Building and Bauerle Garage indicated below in orange circle). For a more detailed map click here.

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