Therese Kayser Lindsey Literary Series

For more than forty years the Lindsey Literary Series has brought outstanding authors of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to central Texas to deliver free public readings of their work. In recent years, featured authors have included winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the MacArthur Fellows "Genius Grant," among many other awards.

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The Lindsey Literary Series is sponsored by the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment, Texas State University‚Äôs Department of English and Wittliff Collections, the Burdine Johnson Foundation, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center.

We invite you to join us at the historic Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle, Texas, or at Texas State University's San Marcos campus, for the Katherine Anne Porter reading series.


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About Therese Lindsey

Therese Kayser Lindsey was an influential early twentieth-century Texan poet.

Born to Austrian/Hungarian immigrant Albert Kayser and Mary Lawrence in Chappell Hill, Texas, in 1870, Therese Lindsey's education began in the Tyler public schools and culminated in her studies at Texas State University, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Columbia University. In 1892 she married Sam A. Lindsey, with whom she had a daughter, Louise, six years later. She traveled extensively in America and Europe, but resided in Tyler for many years.

Therese Lindsey wrote poems, stories, and plays and received a number of awards for her work. Two of her books, Blue Norther (1925) and The Cardinal Flower (1934), contained lyrics dealing mainly with Texas and nature. A third volume, A Tale of the Galveston Storm (1936), was a long narrative poem recounting the devastating Galveston hurricane of 1900. She also published Collected Poems (1947).

Lindsey was active in poetry societies in America and England, and organized the Poetry Society of Texas with the help of Hilton Ross Greer, a Dallas journalist and poet. She served as the society's first corresponding secretary and later as its vice president. Lindsey established the "Old South Prize," one of the society's major annual awards. She died in Tyler on April 3, 1957, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in that city.

In 1978, Lindsay's daughter Louise Lindsey Merrick endowed the Therese Kayser Linsey Chair at Texas State University (then Southwest Texas State University). Since 1978, the Lindsey Reading Series has brought hundreds of prominent authors to central Texas to deliver free pubic readings of their work.