Visiting Writers Series | Chuy Renteria

Mount Mercy’s Visiting Writers Series will host Chuy Renteria, author of We Heard It When We Were Young.

September 21
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Event details

Come to see Chuy Renteria, artist and published memoirist, who will visit Mount Mercy as part of the Visiting Writers Series and Social Work Reads.

Chuy will lead an interactive writing workshop, followed by a reading, Q&A, and book signing. Both events will be held in Flaherty Community Room 204 in Basile Hall.

Interactive Writing Workshop | 2:00-3:15 PM
Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing | 3:30-4:30 PM



Jesus “Chuy” Renteria is an artist and writer currently residing in Iowa City, IA. They were raised in West Liberty, a small town known for being Iowa’s first majority Hispanic town. Chuy published We Heard It When We Were Young (University of Iowa Press, 2021) a memoir detailing his upbringing in this vibrant and complicated Midwestern meatpacking community. His memoir has been featured in The Chicago Review of Books and NPR. His stories can be read in We The Interwoven Volume 1 An Anthology of Bicultural Iowa (The Iowa Writer’s House, 2018) Chuy spends his free time with his wife Darcy and their first-born Marisol Alana.

Visiting Writer Series

Mount Mercy University has proudly hosted poet laureates, best-selling novelists, and writers who have won the National Book Award, the Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize.

Sandra Benitez, Chris Bohjalian, Charles Baxter, Ethan Canin, Ana Castillo, Lan Samantha Chang, K. L. Cook, Stuart Dybek, Larry Heinemann, Khaled Hosseini, Bharati Mukherjee, Thisbe Nissen, ZZ Packer, Josef Skvorecky, Barry Unsworth, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Benjamin Percy, Samrat Upadhyay, Daniel Orozco, Karen Russell, Cristina Henriquez, Keith Lesmeister, Patricia Park

Amy Butcher, Anne-Marie Cusac, Joy Castro, Matt Freedman, Patricia Hampl, Alex Kotlowitz, John T. Price, Scott Russell Sanders, Patricia Foster, Tim Wise
Jorie Graham, Joy Harjo, Robert Haas, Ted Kooser, Li-Young Lee, Heather McHugh, Czeslaw Milosz, Naomi Shihab Nye, Susan Power, Gary Soto, William Stafford, Camille Dungy, Michael Sowder, Frank X Walker, Jennifer Perrine, Drew Dellinger, James McKean, Aaron A. Abeyta, YaNi Davis, Hannah Saltmarsh, Danez Smith, Donika Kelly

"The visiting author event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with an author whose book we had read in class." —Katie Goetz ’23

"Visiting writers let you see and know the process of a professional." —Casey Birkecht '13 

"The joy of the Visiting Writer Series is about connecting with a kindred soul. Aspiring writers are able to discuss their own fears and doubts with someone who has experienced the journey." —Kim Flugga-Ciha ’11