Speaker Series


Visiting Writer Series

The English Department at Webster is committed to literature as a living, growing presence in American life. Since 1986, we have hosted the Visiting Writers Series, a mainstay of the Saint Louis literary scene that is popular with students and readers throughout the community.

As part of this series, each year we bring to Webster some of the finest writers working today—writers already prominent in contemporary literature as well as emerging voices that promise to keep literature vital into the future.  Among the writers Webster has hosted are  fiction writers George Saunders, Lynda Barry, Jim Shepard, and Lee K. Abbott. Poets include current U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, former Laureate Billy Collins, Beth Ann Fennelly and Quincy Troupe, and nonfiction writer Kathleen Finneran. 

Along with the many venues for students to showcase their own literary, dramatic, and creative work, the Visiting Writing Series at Webster offers students another unique, personal experience of literature today. 

Enjoy two of our most recent readings, available for viewing on YouTube:

Kevin Stein Reading

Travis Mossotti and James Crews Reading

Kevin Brockmeier Reading 

Amy Leach Reading


Alumni Spotlight

Joan McDonaldJoan McDonald
Class of 2005
BA in English with an Emphasis in Literature, Society and Politics

Current Position
Retired

"As a a young woman, I was unable to stay in college due to financial constraints and through the years regretted that I had been unable to continue my higher education. Therefore, after retirement, having the resources to return to school, I made the decision to pursue an English major at Webster." (Read more...)