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History

The Center for Poets and Writers was founded in 1994 by novelist Teresa Miller and has hosted over a hundred of the country’s leading authors, including Maya Angelou, Neil Gaiman, Pat Conroy, Anne Lamott, Billy Collins, Alice Walker, Isabel Allende, Amy Tan, Edward Albee, Dave Barry, Frank McCourt, Anna Quindlen, Rita Dove, and Khaled Hosseini.

Additionally, the Center has a long history of promoting Oklahoma authors, organizing literary festivals, sponsoring writing workshops, and developing book registries to get free books to children and other underserved audiences.

The Center has also cultivated strong ties and with other organizations and along Tulsa Town Hall, the Tulsa Library, and the Tulsa World developed the Tulsa Reads program, engaging hundreds of readers and dozens of community partners. 

Miller retired from the Center in 2015, and Dr. Lindsey Claire Smith now serves as Center Director.

Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa