Authors offer free readings, classes through literary series


     LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fiction writer and essayist Nina McConigley and poet TJ Jarrett will share their work and teach master classes at the University of Louisville this spring in a series that brings in distinguished authors for free literary events.

    The English department’s creative writing program offers the public readings and classes through the Anne and William Axton Reading Series. Here’s the spring 2016 schedule of Axton events on Belknap Campus:

    March 3-4 – Nina McConigley, who teaches at University of Wyoming and the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library, and lead a two-hour master class at 10 a.m. March 4 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

    McConigley’s story collection “Cowboys and East Indians” won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award and was named one of 2014’s best prize-winning books by O, The Oprah Magazine; Glamour  magazine named her one of its “50 Phenomenal Women Making a Difference” that year. Her work has appeared in many publications including Salon, The New York Times, American Short Fiction and The Asian American Literary Review.

    April 7-8 – TJ Jarrett, a Nashville, Tennessee-based writer and software developer, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. April 7 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library, and lead a two-hour master class at 10 a.m. April 8 in Room W210, Ekstrom Library.

    Jarrett’s poetry collections are “The Moon Looks Down and Laughs,” “Zion” and “Ain’t No Grave.” She won the Virginia Quarterly Review’s 2014 Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in journals including Poetry, African American Review and Boston Review.

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    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.