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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. 

The Lindsey Literary Series is sponsored by the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment, Texas State University’s 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 2019-2020 reading series. You can also view videos of more than 300 past speakers on our archive page.


2019-2020 Lindsey Reading Series Schedule

Luis J. Rodríguez

High contrast black and white image of Luis Rodriguez from the waist up.

Texas State University - Flowers Hall Rm. 230
Thursday, Sept. 19th | 3:30pm

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
Friday, Sept. 20th | 7:30pm


Luis J. Rodríguez served as the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles from 2014-2016. He is a novelist/memoirist/short story/children’s book writer as well as a community & urban peace activist, mentor, healer, and youth & arts advocate. He has 15 books in all genres, including the best-selling memoir, Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. His latest memoir is the sequel, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing. His latest poetry book is Borrowed Bones. Luis is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press. With his wife Trini, he has a podcast called The Hummingbird Cricket Hour.

Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Machado dressed in a black shirt and blazer sits at a table.

Texas State University - Flowers Hall Rm. 230
Thursday, Oct. 10th | 3:30pm

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
Friday, Oct. 11th | 7:30pm


Carmen Machado is the author of the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, GrantaHarper’s Bazaar, Tin House, VQR, Best American Science Fiction & FantasyBest American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos looking at the camera, wearing a light blue shirt matching her eyes.

Texas State University - Flowers Hall Rm. 230
Thursday, Nov. 7th | 3:30pm

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
Friday, Nov. 8th | 7:30pm


Melissa Febos the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Whip Smart and the essay collection Abandon Me, which was named a Best Book of 2017 by Esquire, Book RiotThe Cut, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Bustle, Refinery29, SalonThe Rumpus, and others. Her second essay collection will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020. Febos is the inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Prize from LAMBDA Literary, the 2017 recipient of The Sarah Verdone Writing Award, and her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and the Center for Women Writers. She is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University, where she directs the MFA program.

Adrian Matejka

Black and white image of Matejka wearing light shirt and dark blazer.

Texas State University - Flowers Hall Rm. 230
Thursday, Feb. 6th | 3:30pm

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
Friday, Feb. 7th | 7:30pm


Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden, which won the New York / New England Award and Mixology, a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His third collection, The Big Smoke, focuses on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world. The Big Smoke was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His most recent book, Map to the Stars, was published in 2017. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and is Poet Laureate of Indiana.

Erika L. Sánchez

Erika Sanchez smiling broadly, standing in front of shelves of books.

Texas State University - Flowers Hall Rm. 230
Thursday, Feb. 27th | 3:30pm

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
Friday, Feb. 28th | 7:30pm


Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, novelist, and essayist, her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, is a New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. She is currently a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow, and a recent recipient of the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PleiadesCopper NickelVinyl PoetryGuernicadiodeBoston Review,, The Paris ReviewGulf CoastPOETRY Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine.

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown wearing a crown made of flowers.

Texas State University - Flowers Hall Rm. 230
Thursday, March 26th | 3:30pm

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
Friday, March 27th | 7:30pm

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Writer's Award. Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition. His poems have appeared in The Bennington ReviewBuzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New RepublicThe New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME Magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli, wearing blue, leans against a metal panel.

Texas State University - Flowers Hall Rm. 230
Thursday, April 16th | 3:30pm

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
Friday, April 17th | 7:30pm


Valeria Luiselli is the author of Faces in the Crowd, Sidewalks, Story of My Teeth, and Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions. She has been named as one of the 20 best Mexican writers under 40, and received a National Book Foundation '5 under 35' award. Her new novel, Lost Children Archives, was published by Knopf in 2019. Her works have been recognized by the National Book Critics Circle, The National Book Foundation, The New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She is based in New York City.

More information on the Lindsey Literary Series can be found at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center Website.

Photo credits: Arlene Mejorado (Luis Rodriguez); Art Streiber (Carmen Machado); Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Erika Sanchez); Stephen Sproll (Adrian Matejka); Diego Berruecos (Valeria Luiselli).