Lurie Visiting Authors

The Lurie Author-in-Residence Program was established through the generosity of Connie and Robert Lurie in order to attract nationally and internationally known authors to a position officially called "Visiting Artist/Scholar" for a period of one or two semesters (depending upon funds and the availability of the author).

It is a teaching professorship entailing close contact with students and public appearances. The fund is a permanent endowment. Candidates are nominated and selected by a review committee appointed by the English Department Chair with the approval of the Dean. The distinguished visiting artist/scholar carries the title of "Lurie Professor."

The Center for Literary Arts also invites major authors to campus for one-day seminars and large lectures. Recent authors include Salman Rushdie, Dorothy Allison, Gore Vidal and Neil Gaiman. See the Center for Literary Arts Major Author Series for events that involve the Lurie Professor.


Don George 

Don George in 2018

Teaching Spring Course
ENGL 242, Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

Speaking Events (sponsored by the CLA ) 
March 20, 2018, 7 p.m., Reading and Book signing, MLK Library 225/229.

National Geographic has called Don George “a legendary travel writer and editor.” Don’s new book is The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George. He also wrote the book on travel writing, Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, which is the bestselling travel writing guide in the world. In addition, Don has edited ten award-winning literary travel anthologies, including An Innocent Abroad, Better Than Fiction, and The Kindness of Strangers. Don has been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, founder and editor of’s Wanderlust travel site, and Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. He is currently the editor at large for National Geographic Traveler, special features editor for BBC Travel, and editor of Geographic Expedition’s literary blog, Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler.

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Vendela Vida in 2017

Teaching Spring Course
ENGL 241, Fiction Writing Workshop

Vendela Vida is the author of five books, including Girls on the Verge, a nonfiction exploration of how young women from a myriad of cultures come of age in modern America; And Now You Can Go, which The New York Review of Books describes as “a thriller about how we love and how we forgive and when and how we have to choose to do so”; and finally, Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, a 2007 New York Times Notable Book of the Year that evokes a culture on the cusp of extinction. Her most recent novel, The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, recounts a tale that investigates the frailty of identity.

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Cristina García in 2016

Teaching Spring Course
ENGL 241, Fiction Writing Workshop

From her website's bio:
Cristina García is the author of six novels, including: Dreaming in CubanThe Agüero SistersMonkey HuntingA Handbook to Luck, and The Lady Matador’s Hotel. García has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. Two works for young readers, The Dog Who Loved the Moon, and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox were published in 2008 and a young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls, in 2011. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010.

 Perfume Dreams  

Andrew Lam in 2015


Teaching Spring Course 

ENGL 242, Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

Speaking Events (sponsored by the CLA ) 
Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m., Reading and Book-signing, SJSU MLK Library 225/229.

  Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer in 2014

Teaching Spring Course

ENGL 241, Fiction Writing Workshop


Jimmy & Rita

Kim Addonizio in 2013

Teaching Spring Course
ENGL 240, Poetry Writing Workshop

From her website's bio:
Kim Addonizio has been called “one of our nation’s most provocative and edgy poets.” Her latest books are Lucifer at the Starlite, a finalist for the Poets Prize and the Northern CA Book Award; and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, both from W.W. Norton.  Her novel-in-verse, Jimmy & Rita, was recently reissued by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Kalima Press  published her Selected Poems in Arabic. Addonizio’s many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, and Pushcart Prizes for both poetry and the essay. Her collection Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. Other books include two novels from Simon & Schuster, Little Beauties and My Dreams Out in the Street. Addonizio offers private workshops in Oakland, CA, and online, and often incorporates her love of blues harmonica into her readings.


Julia Scheeres in 2012


Daniel Alarcon in 2011


Tim Cahill in 2010


Sandra Gilbert in 2009


Teaching Spring Courses

Speaking Events (sponsored by the CLA)

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

ZZ Packer in 2008


Teaching Spring Courses
English 177, 20th C. Fiction
English 241, Fiction Writing Workshop

Speaking Events (sponsored by the CLA )
Wednesday, February 27, 1 p.m., Conversation, Q&A and Book-signing, SJSU University Room.
Wednesday, February 27, 7:30 p.m., Reading , Q&A and Book-signing, SJSU Music Concert Hall.
Wednesday, March 5, 3 p.m., A Visit to Mt. Pleasant High School (open to the public)

How Late it Was, How Late

James Kelman in 2007

Snow Mountain Passage

James D. Houston in 2006


Ishmael Reed in 2005

The Professor and the Madman

Simon Winchester in 2004

Iron Shoes

Molly Giles in 2003

Mingus Mingus

Al Young in 2002

Harping On

Carolyn Kizer in 2001


Ursula K. le Guin , first Lurie chair in 2000