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Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez is an internationally recognized journalist, essayist, and memoirist who was described by the Washington Post as "one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in America." His works of nonfiction include Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez;Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father (nominee, 1992 Pulitzer Prize);Brown: The Last Discovery of America (finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award);and, most recently, Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography. "If Darling is the biography of an idea," Leslie Jamison wrote in the New York Times Book Review, "this idea is the possibility that deprivation is useful: that barren landscapes offer subtler kinds of fertility, that occupying certain social margins might yield intimacies that wouldn't be possible otherwise." Rodriguez's many accolades include Fulbright and NEH fellowships, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and an NEH Charles Frankel Prize. In addition to working as a print journalist, he has made frequent appearances on National Public Radio and the PBS NewsHour, for which he has won a Peabody Award.

About the Visiting Writers Series

In a city long known for its creative activity and writers—including Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Katherine Anne Porter, Sterling Brown, William Meredith, and Doris Grumbach—we continue the tradition by serving as a lively venue for creative work by both established and emerging writers.

Former visiting writers and writers in residence include Grace Paley, Amy Bloom, Thomas Mallon, Andre Dubus III and Tim O'Brien. See the partial list of past visiting writers below.

Please see also the Visiting Writers Series 2014-15 Poster and our blog, Café Américain, for interviews and excerpts from VWS authors.

Listen: VWS on iTunesU.

2014-2015 VWS Schedule

Dinaw Mengetsu
October 6, 2014

Richard Rodriguez
October 29, 2014

Patricia Smith
November 5, 2014

Annual Faculty Benefit Reading
February 5, 2015

Rigoberto Gonzalez
March 25, 2015

Jenny Offill
April 1, 2015

Graduating MFA Student Reading
May 10, 2015

Previous Visiting Writers

Azar Nafisi

Claude Brown

Yusef Komunyakaa

Grace Paley

Frank Conroy

Tillie Olsen

David Grossman

Edward P. Jones

Mary Gaitskill

Nick Flynn

Jamaica Kincaid

Jo Ann Beard

Allan Gurganus

Billy Collins

Tayari Jones

Amy Hempel

Ross Gay

David Wojahn


Tony Hoagland

Richard Yates

Thomas Mallon

John Gardner

Tim O'Brien

Jean Valentine

Manil Suri

Colm Toíbín

Allen Ginsberg

Michael Cunningham

Adam Haslett

Li-Young Lee

Mark Doty

Lynn Freed

Edward Hirsch

Eduardo C. Corral

Andrew O'Hagan

Mohsin Hamid


Victor Lavalle

Leila Aboulela

Richard Selzer

Paul Monette

Hanan al-Shaykh

Alice McDermott

Matthew Klam

Galway Kinnell

Major Jackson

Andre Dubus III

Marie Howe

Amy Bloom

Jericho Brown

Thomas Sayers Ellis

Naomi Shihab-Nye

Terrance Hayes

Justin Torres