UofL’s English and classical and modern languages departments sponsor the 43rd annual event featuring presentations that represent all literary forms and diverse languages.

The conference keynote addresses listed below are free and public:

  • Joseph Lease, poet and director of the California College of the Arts Master of Fine Arts program in writing. His reading will begin at 11 a.m. Feb. 26 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.
  • Jean-Michel Rabate, University of Pennsylvania English and comparative literature professor and Vartan Gregorian humanities professor. He will discuss “The ‘Pathos of Distance,’ from Nietzsche and Benjamin to Klein and Beuys” at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.
  • Micah Dean Hicks, Florida State University graduate student and winner of UofL’s 2014 Calvino Prize. He will read from his prize-winning “Flight of the Crow Boys” at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library.
  • Michael Handelsman, author and University of Tennessee distinguished professor of humanities and director of the global studies interdisciplinary program. He will discuss “Reading Literature from the Center of the World: The Elusive Case of Ecuador” at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 27 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.
  • Tracie Morris, interdisciplinary poet, recording artist, multimedia performer and Pratt Institute humanities and media studies professor. She will read at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 in 102 Strickler Hall.
  • Fred Moten, University of California-Riverside English professor, poet and critic. He will discuss “(Black) Poetry and the White Critic,” at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St.
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