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English Department: Visiting Writers 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 and nonfiction writer Kathleen Finneran. Poets include former U.S. Poet Laureates Philip Levine and Billy Collins as well as Beth Ann Fennelly and Quincy Troupe.  

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. 

View some of our past readings:


                           Kevin Stein                                             Travis Mossotti and James Crews


                      Kevin Brockmeier                                                       Amy Leach

                          John D'Agata