UofL’s English department brings in distinguished writers through the Anne and William Axton Reading Series of free, public literary events funded by and named for Anne Axton and her late husband, a former English professor.

Here’s the fall reading series on UofL’s Belknap Campus:

  • Poets and online journal editors Leslie McGrath and Patty Seyburn. McGrath, managing editor of Drunken Boat arts journal, also conducts literary interviews for the Writer’s Chronicle and public radio; her first poetry collection, Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage, won the 2004 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Seyburn, a California State University-Long Beach assistant professor, is co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry and has published Mechanical Cluster and Diasporadic, which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s 2000 Notable Book Award.

The two will read from their work at 4 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library, and lead a two-hour discussion on the state of publishing at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

  • Martha Greenwald, UofL creative writing teacher and author of the poetry collection Other Prohibited Items, which won the 2010 Mississippi Review Poetry Series. She was a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University and received awards from the Kentucky and North Carolina arts councils.

She will read her poems at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library.

  • Brian Teare, California College of the Arts and New College of California writing teacher. Teare’s first book, The Room Where I Was Born won the 2003 Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Triangle Award for Gay Poetry. He also received National Endowment for the Arts and Wallace Stegner fellowships.

He will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library, and will lead a two-hour master class at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.