visiting author reading SERIEs, and other events

Each year, the Downtown Writers Center hosts more than 20 authors for free readings at the Downtown YMCA. In our first 17 years, we've hosted over 400 authors, from first-time novelists to Pulitzer Prize winners and Poet Laureates. Past guests have included such literary luminaries as Charles Simic, Ted Kooser, Cornelius Eady, Sapphire, Steve Almond, Dorianne Laux, Carl Dennis, and many others.

Download our Fall 2017 visiting author reading series schedule.

NEWS!!! Two of our fall 2017 visiting writers, Marie Howe and Chen Chen, have been named to the long list for this year's National Book Award in Poetry. Congrats to both!