LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville is expecting about 600 scholars to attend the 30th anniversary of its Twentieth Century Literature Conference Feb. 21-23.

    The event will feature readings of original works as well as discussions of novels, poetry, short fiction and major authors published since 1900. The presentations on U of L’s Belknap Campus are free and open to the public.

    Scholars from groups devoted to Spanish feminist writers and to authors Bertolt Brecht, Margaret Atwood, Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov and Henry James will give readings and lead discussions throughout the conference for the first time.

    Keynote speakers will be essayist Charles Altieri and award-winning poet C.D. Wright. Altieri will give a critical reading at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 21 in Room 101, Strickler Hall. He has written books and publications including “Postmodernism Now: Essays on Contemporanity in the Arts.”

    Wright’s reading will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 in Room 101, Strickler Hall. She is the Israel Kapstein chair of English at Brown University. Wright’s nine books include the book-length poems “Deepstep Come Shining” and “Just Whistle.” Her works titled “Steal Away: Selected and New Poems” and “One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana” are due out this year.

    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.