Axton Reading Series

Department of English reading series featuring distinguished writers

Fall 2019

Mary Ann Samyn

Mary Ann Samyn

Mary Ann Samyn is the author of six collections of poetry, including, most recently, My Life in Heaven, winner of the 2012 FIELD Prize, and Air, Light, Dust, Shadow, Distance, winner of the 2017 42 Miles Press Award. She is Professor of English in the MFA Program at West Virginia University, and lives in Morgantown, WV, and, in the summer, in her home state of Michigan. 

Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell

Kentucky native Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You (FSG, 2016), which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year. The novel was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, as well as being named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries. Cleanness, a work of fiction, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in early 2020. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE.

Casey Plett

Casey Plett

Casey Plett wrote the novel Little Fish, the short story collection A Safe Girl to Love, and co-edited the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. A two-time Lambda Literary Award winner, she is also a frequent book reviewer and essayist, and has written for The New York Times, McSweeney's, and Rookie, among other publications. She lives in Windsor, Ontario.


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