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Visiting Writers Series

Many communities have arts festivals or even more specifically literary festivals, but very few have literary arts series.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks on stage at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Since 1988, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS) has provided outstanding literary arts programming that is free and open to the public.

Every year, VWS invites authors to tell the stories behind their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. We believe the beauty and power of words help us make sense of the world.

The Visiting Writers Series works to build a community of readers because we believe that a community that reads is a more creative, open and tolerant community. The series is particularly committed to collaborating with local and regional arts and civic organizations as well as non-profits that serve our diverse communities.

We need to be reminded, by reading and hearing a variety of accents and stories, that our African-American, Latino and Asian neighbors among others are members of cultures with rich artistic traditions and important experiences to share.

2022-2023 Events

The Michael Eric Dyson event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15 is co-sponsored by the Lenoir-Rhyne University Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Visiting Writers Series.


Past Writers & Authors

For more than three decades, the Visiting Writers Series has played host to authors who tell the stories behind their works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. We believe the beauty and power of words help us make sense of the world.

Join & Support Us

We hope that you will join the hundreds of supporters who help bring world-class writers to our community by becoming a patron of the series. Patrons at the $500+ level are invited to all VIP receptions throughout the year as well as being invited to special series events.

To make your donation online, please select “Other” and write-in your preferred fund:

  • Visiting Writers Series
  • VWS Endowment
  • The Little Read

For additional questions or assistance, please call 828.328.7321.

Support the Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writer's Series is made possible by support from the following sponsors and grant providers.

  • United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

News & Events

In support of continued efforts to improve the on-campus experience for students, faculty, staff and community members, The Cannon Charitable Trusts have awarded multiple grants totaling $436,990 to Lenoir-Rhyne University.

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Brittany Marinelli ‘17, M.A. ‘21 has been named the director of international education after serving as interim director of international education for the last year.

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