Literature-culture conference features authors in free keynote sessions




    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Literary scholars, critics and writers from around the world are expected at the University of Louisville for the Feb. 18-20 Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.

    UofL’s English and classical and modern languages departments sponsor the annual conference. Keynote addresses listed below are free and public; those speakers are:

    –Rodrigo Toscano, playwright, labor activist and author of several poetry collections including “Deck of Deeds,” “Partisans” and the performance piece “Collapsible Poetics Theater.” He will read from his work at 11 a.m. Feb. 18 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

    –Johanna Drucker, book artist and University of California-Los Angeles professor of bibliographical studies. Her talk, “Other Others: Literature After Language,” will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 18 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

    –Nick Greer, San Francisco writer and winner of UofL’s 2015 Calvino Prize, will read from his winning work, “Glass City,” at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library.

    –Debra Castillo, Cornell University professor of Hispanic studies and comparative literature and past president of the International Latin American Studies Association. She will give her keynote talk, “Net art, arte util and Theory 2.0,” at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 19 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

    –Mat Johnson, University of Houston creative writing professor and prize-winning author of novels “Loving Day,” “Pym,” “Hunting in Harlem,” “Drop,” “Right State” and “Dark Rain.” He will read from his work at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 in Room 102, Strickler Hall.

    –Lisa Gitelman, media historian and New York University English professor and department chair of media, culture and communication. She will talk about “’Emoji Dick’ and the Eponymous Whale” at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St.

    –Also, Nathaniel Mackey, Duke University creative writing professor and Bollingen Prize-winning poet, will read from his work at 10 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Brown Hotel’s Secretariat B Room in an event sponsored by Lute & Drum Press.

    For more information, contact Alan Golding, conference director, at 502-852-5918 or or Travis Henretty at 502-852-6687 or or check




    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.