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 Belknap Campus:
- Brian 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. Christian wrote “The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us about What It Means to Be Alive,” a Wall Street Journal best-seller that has been translated into 10 languages. His writing also 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.”
- Martha Rhodes, will talk at noon March 27, then answer questions about “Before Publishing Comes Writing, Editing, Shaping a Book” in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building. Rhodes is a 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.
- Tobias 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. Wolff is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods professor of English at Stanford University. His 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 four short-story collections.