Visiting Writer Program

Thank you to the Shield-Ayers Foundation for their sponsorship of OLLU's Visiting Writer

Each semester, an accomplished writer visits OLLU to work with students and give a public reading. For more information, contact Octavio Quintanilla, PhD, in the English Department, at

Spring 2017: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Born and raised in Toluca, Mexico, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho's moved to the United States at the age of 31 and began to write in English at 35. His debut collection "Barefoot Dog" (Scribner) won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction, was a Fiction Finalist for the Writers' League of Texas Book Awards. It was also named a Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of 2015," a "Recommended Book of 2015" by the San Francisco Chronicle, topped the list of "five books you should know about" from PRI's The Word and made the list of five favorites from the "Texas Observer." The book has also been published in Spanish with translations completed by Ruiz-Camacho.

His work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Salon," "Texas Monthly," and elsewhere. He earned his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin's New Writer's Project, and has been writer-in-residence at Elisaet Ney Museum, and a fellow at the JSK Journalism Program at Stanford, the Dobie Paisano Program, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, Sewanee Writer's Conference, and Yaddo.

Past OLLU Visiting Writers:
(Click on the author's name to view their website.)