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Series marks return of Axton creative-writing scholars

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Jan 23, 2014 08:51 AM

The spring Axton Reading Series at the University of Louisville will bring back former UofL Axton creative-writing fellows Austin Bunn and Kyle Coma-Thompson as well as fiction, nonfiction and criticism author Elissa Schappell.

The English department’s creative writing program brings in distinguished writers through the Anne and William Axton Reading Series of free literary events. The readings, film screenings and master classes are open to the public. Here’s the spring schedule of Axton events on Belknap Campus:

Feb. 6-7 – Kyle Coma-Thompson, Louisville-based author of the recently published short-story collection “The Lucky Body,” will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, The American Reader, New American Writing and Bat City Review. He also will lead a two-hour master class at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

March 20-21 – Austin Bunn, Cornell University assistant professor in performing and media arts, will offer a screening of “Kill Your Darlings” at 7:30 p.m. March 20 in Floyd Theater, Swain Student Activities Center. Bunn wrote the screenplay with director John Krokidas for the 2013 film, which premiered at Sundance and won the Venice Film Festival’s International Award. His plays have been performed at Actors Theatre of Louisville and elsewhere and his short documentary “Lavender Hill: a love story” premiered at Outfest 2013. He cowrote “A Killer Life: How An Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters Far From Hollywood.” Bunn also will conduct a two-hour master class at 10 a.m. March 21 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

April 10-11 – Elissa Schappell, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based creative writing teacher at Columbia University’s master of fine arts program and Queens University of Charlotte’s low-residency program, will read from her works at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library. Her two books of fiction, “Blueprints for Building Better Girls” and “Use Me,” were selected as best books of the year by several publications including The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. Schappell is Vanity Fair contributing editor and “Hot Type” columnist, Tin House magazine’s founder and editor at large and The Paris Review’s former senior editor. She will lead a two-hour master class at 10 a.m. April 11 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

For more information, contact Brian Leung at 502-852-1687 or brian.leung@louisville.edu or Ben Bogart at b0boga01@louisville.edu.

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