Axton series features Tobias Wolff, Brian Christian, Martha Rhodes


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A publishing house director and poet, a computer scientist and philosopher turned author and an award-winning novelist, storyteller and memoirist will read from their works, teach master classes and discuss their writing process during visits to the University of Louisville this spring for its Axton Reading Series.

    UofL’s English department brings in the distinguished writers through the Anne and William Axton Reading Series of free, public literary events and master classes. Spring events will be Feb. 9-10, March 27 and March 29-30 on UofL’s Belknap Campus:

    —Brian Christian, author of “The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive,” which was a Wall Street Journal best-seller and has been translated into 10 languages. His writing has appeared in literary and scientific journals and in The Atlantic, Wired and The Guardian, and he has been featured on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Charlie Rose Show” and National Public Radio’s “Radiolab.” Christian will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library, and will lead a two-hour master class at 10 a.m. Feb. 10 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

    —Martha Rhodes, poet and director of New York City nonprofit literary press Four Way Books. Her four poetry collections are “The Beds,” “Mother Quiet,” “Perfect Disappearance” and “At the Gate.” She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and at Warren Wilson College’s master of fine arts program for writers. Rhodes will talk at noon and answer questions afterward March 27 about “Before Publishing Comes Writing, Editing, Shaping a Book” in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

    —Tobias Wolff, the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods professor of English at Stanford University. Wolff’s books include the memoirs “This Boy’s Life” and “In Pharoah’s Army: Memories of the Lost War”; novels “The Barracks Thief” and “Old School”; and short-story collections “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” “Back in the World,” “The Night in Question” and “Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories.” His awards include the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Academy Award in Literature, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Wolff will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St., and will lead a two-hour master class at 10 a.m. March 30 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

    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.