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

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

Spring 2015: Wendy Barker

Wendy Barker's sixth collection of poetry, One Blackbird at a Time: The Teaching Poems, received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and is forthcoming from BkMk Press in 2015. Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years, was runner-up for the Del Sol Prize and was published by Del Sol Press in 2009. Barker's fourth chapbook, From the Moon, Earth is Blue, is forthcoming in 2015 from Wings Press. She has also published a selection of poems with accompanying essays, Poems’ Progress (Absey & Co., 2002), and a selection of translations, Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems (co-translated with Saranindranath Tagore, Braziller, 2001). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals (including The Southern Review, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Mid-American Review, Georgia Review, and the Southern Poetry Review) and in many anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2013. Recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships among other awards, she is Poet-in-Residence and the Pearl LeWinn Endowed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio.



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Thank you to the Shield-Ayres Foundation for its establishment of OLLU's Visiting Writer Program.
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