Winter with the Writers, a Festival of the Literary Arts enjoys a venerable history in the community. Over the years, the series has hosted acclaimed, award-winning writers as well as emerging, promising voices for readings, interviews, and master classes. Rollins invites the public to attend all of these events, free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Artist Fund and valued Festival patrons. Recent past guest writers have included poet and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Michael Cunningham, Jamaica Kincaid, Colson Whitehead, Tobias Wolfe, and Kaye Gibbons. Winter with the Writers is hosted by the Department of English.