Fall Axton Series includes Writer's Block Festival Keynote

English Department's Creative Writing series to host Tim Gautreaux and poets Greg Wrenn and Tony Hoagland

Writer’s Block Festival keynote speaker Tim Gautreaux and award-winning poets Greg Wrenn and Tony Hoagland will visit Louisville this fall through the University of Louisville’s Axton Reading Series.

UofL's English department brings in distinguished writers through the Anne and William Axton Reading Series of free literary events. The readings and master classes are open to the public. Here’s the fall reading series schedule, with events on Belknap Campus unless otherwise noted:

  • Sept. 26-27 – Greg Wrenn, Jones lecturer at Stanford University’s creative writing program, wrote the poetry volume “Centaur,” which won the 2013 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. The former Wallace Stegner fellow won the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poetry Award and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. His work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, New England Review, Yale Review and Gulf Coast. He will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library, and lead a two-hour master class at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.
  • Oct. 12 – Tim Gautreaux, professor emeritus and writer in residence at Southeastern Louisiana University, has published two short-story collections and three novels. His novel “The Clearing” made USA Today’s 10 best books of 2003 list; his most recent novel is “The Missing.” Gautreaux’s many awards include Louisiana Writer of the Year, John Dos Passos Prize, Southeastern Booksellers Award for best novel, National Magazine Award and a National Endowment for the Arts creative fellowship. The Axton series will sponsor his reading for the Louisville Literary Arts’ Writer’s Block Festival; Gautreaux will speak at 6 p.m. at UofL’s downtown Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St.
  • Nov. 21-22 – Tony Hoagland, associate English professor at University of Houston and teacher in Warren Wilson College’s low-residency master of fine arts program. Last year he started Five Powers Poetry, a program for coaching high school teachers to teach poetry. His four poetry volumes include “What Narcissism Means to Me” and “Donkey Gospel,” and he has published “Real Sofistikashun,” a book of essays on poetic craft. His honors include the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award in 2005. He will read at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, and lead a two-hour master class at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

For more information, contact Brian Leung at 502-852-1687 or brian.leung@louisville.edu