Axton Reading Series

Department of English reading series featuring distinguished writers

Fall 2018

Leah Stewart

Leah Stewart

Leah Stewart is the author of six novels, most recently What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw. The recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship and a Sachs Fund Prize, she teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati.

Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu is most recently the author of Phrasis (Fence, 2017), named one of the 10 Best Poetry Books of 2017 by the New York Times Book Review. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, her work has appeared (or will appear) in The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Poetry, Tin House, BOMB, BuzzFeed, and widely elsewhere. Born in Shandong, China, in 1987, she lives in Brooklyn and serves as poetry editor for Hyperallergic. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing in Poetry at The New School.

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (2015); and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005). Smith is also the author of three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems are widely published and anthologized, appearing in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, Tin House, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Public Radio International called it “the official poem of 2016.”


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