Archive for: Michener Center for Writers


Meet Author Bret Anthony Johnston, the Michener Center’s New Director

When a new group of writers descends upon the J. Frank Dobie house this August, a new director will greet them. Following in the footsteps of James Magnuson, who...


Writers He Has Known

After 23 years as director of the Michener Center for Writers, esteemed author James Magnuson is moving on.   When James Magnuson was first asked to run the...


School of Life

Some of the happiest students on the Forty Acres don’t do homework or take tests. At the first meeting of the semester, around 200 students gather in a lecture...


Michener Center Director on the Famous Writers He’s Known [Podcast]

The latest novel from the director of UT’s acclaimed creative writing MFA program draws inspiration from James Michener himself—Whoopi Goldberg, too. James...



A Michener Center Grad Makes Her Literary Debut

Domenica Ruta‘s gripping new memoir, With or Without You, hits stores today. A survivor’s story of domestic abuse and addiction, it centers on the author’s...


A Poet Borne From War

Before the Iraq War, veteran Kevin Powers, MFA ’12, says he couldn’t have imagined becoming a writer. But the attention reaped by his upcoming contribution...



UT Alums Behind Buzzed-About Super Bowl Ad

Can’t see the video? Click here. The austere faces of the labor force. The humming of a manufacturing plant slowly gaining new life. A resilient American...

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