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English Visiting Writer Program

Thank you to the Kelly Fund at the San Antonio Area 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

Laura Van ProoyenSpring 2021 Visiting Writer: Laura Van Prooyen

Laura Van Prooyen is author of three collections of poetry: "Frances of the Wider Field" (forthcoming from Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021), "Our House Was on Fire" (Ashland Poetry Press) nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize, and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press). She is also co-author with Gretchen Bernabei of "Text Structures from Poetry," a book of writing lessons for educators of grades 4-12 (Corwin Literacy). Van Prooyen is a recipient of grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and the American Association of University Women and was awarded the 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Poetry Book Award and the Annual Glenna Luschei Award for poems in "Prairie Schooner." Serving as Managing Editor of "The Cortland Review," Van Prooyen teaches poetry in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University of Ohio. She lives in San Antonio. Her website is .

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