In the Fall of 2008, the Writers Institute began digitizing it's entire archive 25 years of presentations by nearly 900 novelists, journalists, poets, playwrights and filmmakers, totalling more than 2,000 hours of readings, seminars and interviews. Here are some highlights of our most recent visiting writers.

EXPLORE VISITING WRITERS VIDEO ARCHIVES: The NYSWI video archive will be updated periodically. Check here for new additions.


Dinaw Mengestu
Spring Visiting Writer
March 3, 2014

"Whenever I wrote ins my journal it was very much about depicitng what was surrounding me at that moment. . ." (3:18)

Dinaw Mengestu's visit to NYSWI

Nick Turse
New Yorks Writers Institute
February, 19 2014

"When I found those documents,I wanted to tell the story those documents told me. . .that U.S. war crimes in Vietnam weren't isolated incidents. . ." (3:17)

Nick Turse's visit to NYSWI

Ayana Mathis
New York State Writers Institute
December 3, 2013

"I was an only child, so I spent an enormous amount of time in an imaginery land. . . " (3:44)

Ayana Mathis's visit to NYSWI

David Treuer
New York State Writers Institute
November 21, 2013

"The idea is that Indian lives are lives apart, in America but not of America'. . . " (6:50)

David Treuer's visit to NYSWI


Robert Orsi
New York State Writers Institute
November 14, 2013

"I seem to identify urban religion exclusively to the religious practices of the poor and working class people . . ." (57.37)

Robert Orsi's visit to NYSWI


Lo Dagerman and Steven Hartman on Stig Dagerman
New York State Writers Institute
October 25, 2013

"One of the thing that Dagerman does, he focuses on the most vulnerable people. . ." (3:41)

Lo Dagerman's visit to NYSWI

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