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.


Cyrus Cassells
October 5, 2018
John Peace Library Assembly Room
JPL 4.04.22, 6 p.m.

Cyrus Cassells is the author of six books of poetry: The Mud Actor, Soul Make a Path through Shouting, Beautiful Signor, More Than Peace and Cypresses, The Crossed-Out Swastika, and The Gospel according to Wild Indigo, published in the Crab Orchard Poetry Series (SIU Press). Among his honors are a Lannan Literary Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and a Lambda Literary Award. He is a professor of English at Texas State University and lives in Austin.


Barbara Neely
November 2, 2018
John Peace Library Assembly Room
JPL 4.04.22, 6 p.m.

Barbara Neely is a novelist, short story writer, and author of the award-winning Blanche White novels. Her short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Neely was the host of Commonwealth Journal, an award-winning weekly radio interview program produced by the University of Massachusetts Boston and also directed Women for Economic Justice. In addition, she served as a producer for Africa News Service and designed and directed the first community-based corrections facility for women in Pennsylvania.


Boris Fishman
March 1, 2019
John Peace Library Assembly Room
JPL 4.04.22, 6 p.m.

Boris Fishman is the author of A Replacement Life and Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo (HarperCollins), both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He has won the Sophie Brody Medal from the American Library Association and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The Guardian, Travel & Leisure, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and many other publications. HarperCollins will publish his next book, Savage Feast, a family memoir told through recipes. He teaches creative writing at Princeton University.


Evie Shockley
April 26, 2019
John Peace Library Assembly Room
JPL 4.04.22, 6 p.m.

Evie Shockley is the author of semiautomatic (2017), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the LA Times Book Prize, and The Believer Poetry Award; and the new black (2011), which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and other collections of poetry. She has also published a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University.


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