Visiting Writer Series at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center

The visiting writers series at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center starts its next season on September 8, 2017.  All events are at 7:30 pm.

The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center is located at 508 Center Street, Kyle, Texas.

Additional parking is available one block away at Kyle elementary school, North of the Literary Center.


Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of the best-selling, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and Thom Gunn Award.



Philipp Meyer is the author of the novels American Rust and The Son, as well as short stories published in The New Yorker. Meyer also created and produced the AMC television show (also called The Son) based on his novel.



Gabrielle Calvocoressi is Poetry Editor at Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB).  She is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart;

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Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.



Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993) and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990).



Lauren Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award.

Her third novel, Fates and Furies won the 2015 American Booksellers’ Association Indies’ Choice Award for Fiction.

Kyle’s Fireworks Show

The City of Kyle proudly hosts the Annual Independence Day Celebration, July 4th. The fireworks show will start at approximately 9:30 pm and last about 20 minutes. The event is at the Plum Creek Golf Course, 4301 Benner Road, Kyle, TX 78640.

There are many places you can view the fireworks. If you can see the tall water tower next to the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohler’s Crossing, you will be able to see the fireworks!

You can view the fireworks at the Plum Creek Golf Course Clubhouse, which is open to the public for the show. You can also view the fireworks from the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center. Ample free parking is available.

You can also see the fireworks from the HEB Shopping Center or the Kohl’s Parking lot.

In case of rain, the fireworks show will move to July 5th at the same time and place.

There are two fun events near the fireworks show, leading up to the celebration.

The Hays CISD Star Spangled Event features free live music. The Psychic Cowboys perform from 7pm-8:15pm, followed by the Starlight Symphony Orchestra from 8:30 pm-9:30 pm. No alcohol is permitted since this is school property.

Plum Creek Golf Course Pre-Show Celebration is a free event, and open to the public. Enjoy live music from 6pm-9pm. Hot dogs, cold drinks and snacks will be sold. No outside food or drink is permitted.

The fireworks are sponsored by
H-E-B plus
Plum Creek Golf Course
Hays CISD’s Performing Arts Center

Laurie Ann Guerrero, Poet Laureate of Texas for 2016

Laurie Ann Guerrero, Poet Laureate of Texas for 2016, and San Antonio Poet Laureate 2014-2016, is reading at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, April 15, 2016.

Ms. Guerrero is the Writer-in-Residence & Literary Arts Director at the historic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio,  She also runs the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, founded in 1995 by Sandra Cisneros.

Laurie Ann Guerrero Reading

Katherine Anne Porter

Literary Center

508 Center Street, Kyle TX 78640

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:30pm.  


What I learned from my city – a TEDx Talk by Laurie Ann Guerrero

Ms Guerrero has written “A Crown for Gumecindo”, a collection of sonnets, after the death of her grandfather, Gumecindo Martínez Guerrero, in 2013.  The fourteen sonnets celebrate the love and influence of her abuelo.

She has also written “A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying” (The Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize).

“Guerrero has always written pointedly with a sharp pen and a sharp knife always at the ready. In her first full-length collection, these dazzling, edgy, irascible poems lean into their sweet natural bristling air, stitching and stretching image to image. This is the singing blue glory of language at its best.”                  — Nikky Finney, author of Head Off & Split, winner of The National Book Award

Here is a great poem by Ms. Guerrero, Brownies of the Southwest, Troop 704.