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The Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence Program

Each year since 1985, the Zale-Kimmerling Writer-in-Residence Program has brought a renowned woman writer to the Newcomb/Tulane campus to spend a week among readers and student writers who are eager for insight. Undergraduate students are exposed to an accomplished female author not only through traditional literary events, such as a public reading and interview, but they also have the unique opportunity to interact with her on an informal level through social events such as meeting for dinner or coffee during her week long visit.

Coordinated through the Newcomb Institute, and facilitated by a committee composed of Newcomb-Tulane College students, faculty, and Newcomb staff, the Zale-Kimmerling Writer-in-Residence program was established by Dana Zale Gerard (NC ‘85), and made possible by an annual gift from the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation of Dallas, Texas. Since 2006, the Program has been generously supported by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. In 2010, the program became fully endowed through a gift from Martha McCarty Kimmerling (NC’63), and known as the Zale-Kimmerling Writer-in-Residence program.

The 2022 Zale-Kimmerling Writer-in-Residence will be Brit Bennett, March 7-9, 2022. 

Past Speakers: 

  • Valeria Luiselli 2021
  • Lauren Groff 2020
  • N.K. Jemisin 2019
  • Rebecca Solnit 2018
  • Meg Wolitzer 2017
  • Zadie Smith 2016
  • Danielle Evans 2016
  • Lorrie Moore 2015
  • Susan Choi 2014
  • Aimee Bender 2013
  • Antonya Nelson 2012
  • Valerie Martin 2011
  • Amy Hempel 2010
  • Clare Messud 2009
  • Michelle Tea 2008
  • Elizabeth McCracken 2007
  • Curtis Sittenfeld 2006
  • Julie Orringer 2006
  • Ellen Gilchrist 2005
  • Mab Segrest 2004
  • Thisbe Nissen 2003
  • Joanna Scott 2002
  • Edwidge Danticat 2001
  • Jessica Hagedorn 2000
  • Ann Patchett 1999
  • Octavia Butler 1998
  • Deb Margolin 1997
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt 1996
  • Dorothy Allison 1995
  • Lee Smith 1994
  • Rosellen Brown 1994
  • Linda Hogan 1993
  • Sonia Sanchez 1992
  • Ellen Douglas 1991
  • E.M. Bronner 1989
  • Gloria Naylor 1988
  • Nancy Willard 1988
  • Carolyn Forche 1987
  • Alison Lurie 1986