We are extremely proud to announce 2016 as the inaugural year of the LSU MFA Distinguished Visiting Writers Series! This year, the series will feature poet Ronaldo Wilson (Fall 2016) and fiction writer
Z. Z. Packer (Spring 2017). Distinguished Visiting Writers will spend a week in residence
at LSU, meeting with hundreds of students, teaching workshops at LSU and McKinley
High School, giving a craft talk, andreading from their recent work.
Over the last decade, LSU has hosted a stellar array of poets, fiction writers, non-fiction
writers, translators, and hybrid media artists, including Mei-Mei Bersenbrugge, M. NourbeSe
Philip, Chelsey Minnis, Douglas Kearney, Cathy Park Hong, Ben Marcus, C.A. Conrad,
Ariana Reines, Wayne Koestenbaum, Dawn Lundy Martin, Aaron Kunin, Tao Lin, LaTasha
Diggs, Joyelle McSweeney, Rodrigo Toscano, Alissa Nutting, Blake Butler, Hoa Ngyuen,
Dorothea Lasky, Jenny Zhang, Paul Legault, Jericho Brown, Kate Durbin, Lily Hoang,
Akilah Oliver, Monica McClure, Yideum Kim, Johannes Gorannson, Carmen Maria Machado,
Zachary Schomberg, Randall Kenan, Jack Butler, Cathy Wagner, Kate Bernheimer, and
Many of these writers have been featured at LSU’s annual Delta Mouth Literary Festival or brought to campus through our Readers & Writers series.