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

Fall 2014: Ito Romo

Ito Romo was born and raised on the border in Laredo, Texas. His recent work, dubbed “Chicano Gothic” and “Chicano Noir,” shows the dark and gritty life along Interstate 35 through South Texas, where his family has lived for nine generations. He lives in San Antonio and is Associate Professor of English and Communication Studies at St. Mary’s University, where he teaches Composition, Creative Writing, Mexican-American Literature, and Multi-cultural Literature. Romo received his PhD from Texas Tech University’s Creative Writing Program. He is the author of "The Border is Burning" (2013) and "El Puente / The Bridge" (2001), both published by University of New Mexico Press.


Past OLLU Visiting Writers:

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