Based on our long-standing Poet-in-Residence program, the newly established Writer-in-Residence program brings an eminent writer of fiction or literary nonfiction to campus for an extended visit each fall semester. The Writer-in-Residence presents a public reading and a Q&A session and meets individually with qualified students. The Writer-in-Residence is selected by the Creative Writing faculty's prose contingent.

Writers-in-Residence are arranged by invitation only; the Stadler Center does not accept applications for this position.

2019-20 Writer-in-Residence

Robert Boswell

Robert Boswell

Robert Boswell has published seven novels, three story collections and two books of nonfiction. He has had two plays produced, most recently The Long Shrift by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

His work has earned him two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa School of Letters Award for Fiction, a Lila Wallace/Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the PEN West Award for Fiction, the John Gassner Prize for Playwriting and the Evil Companions Award. The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards was a finalist for the 2010 PEN USA Award in Fiction. What Men Call Treasure was a finalist for the Western Writers of America Nonfiction Spur Award. Both the Chicago Tribune and Publisher’s Weekly named Mystery Ride as one of the best books of the year. The London Independent picked The Geography of Desire as one of the best books of the year. Virtual Death was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award and was named by the Science Fiction Chronicle as one of the best novels of the year. Boswell has published more than 70 stories and essays. They have appeared in the New YorkerHarpersThe AtlanticBest American Short StoriesO. Henry Prize StoriesPushcart Prize StoriesEsquire,Colorado ReviewEpochPloughshares and many other magazines and anthologies. He teaches at the University of Houston, where he holds the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing. He also teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Related Event

  • Fiction Reading: Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

This event is free and open to the public.

View the full list of Stadler events

Former Writers-in-Residence

2018-19 Vu Tran
2017-18 Sarah Manyika

Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts


Bucknell Hall