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Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series

2018-2019 Speaker Series 


Unless noted otherwise, all talks take place at 7 p.m. in the Joynes Reading Room; all are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact matt.valentine@austin.utexas.edu.


Leni Zumas
October 15th

Leni Zumas’s novel Red Clocks (Little, Brown, 2018) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, an Indie Next pick, and one of Esquire's Most Anticipated Books of 2018. Leni is also the author of Farewell Navigator: Stories (Open City, 2008) and The Listeners (Tin House, 2012), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Her fiction and essays have appeared in Granta, The Cut, The Sunday Times (UK), Portland Monthly, Tin House, Lenny Letter, The Collagist, The Elephants, & elsewhere. She has received grants and fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Leni lives in Portland, Oregon, where she directs the creative writing program at Portland State University.


Paul Lisicky
December 6th 

On Thursday, December 6th at 7 p.m., writer Paul Lisicky will be speaking in the Joynes Reading Room at UT, at an event sponsored by the Plan II Honors Program and the New Writers Project in the UT Department of English. This event is free and open to the public. Lisicky’s recent memoir, The Narrow Door, was named a best book of the year by the Miami Herald and a Most Exciting Book of 2016 by Buzzfeed, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. 


Check back soon for more details on these upcoming speakers for Spring 2019!

January 31: poets Jennifer Chang and Henk Rossouw

February 13: philosophy scholar Paul Woodruff

February 20: poet Kayo Chingonyi

February 28: legal scholar Mary-Rose Papandrea

early March (date TBA): neuroscientist Norman Doidge

March 11: novelist Andrea Lawlor

April 15: poet Jericho Brown

May 1: Lance Olsen


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