The Anne & William Axton Reading Series


The Anne and William Axton Reading Series was established in 1999 through the generosity of the late William Axton, former University of Louisville English professor, and his wife, Anne.  The Series brings highly distinguished poets and writers from across the country to the University of Louisville for two-day visits to read from their work, and to share their knowledge and expertise with the University and local community.  Writers give a public reading followed by an informal question and answer session on the first evening at the Belknap Campus at 7:30 pm.  The following morning they conduct a master class where student work is critiqued. Both events are free, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Previous seasons have included Robert Pinsky, Charles Wright, Nathaniel Mackey, Susan Minot, Mary Karr, Stephen Dobyns, Lynnell Edwards, Charlotte Bacon, Robin Lippincott, Robert Hass, Silas House and Beverly Lowry.  The Spring 2007 Series will bring writers working in a variety of genres and includes Louise Glück, Karen Harryman, Kirker Butler, and Robin Behn.

Spring 2007

Louise Glück is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Seven Ages (Ecco Press, 2001); Vita Nova (1999), winner of The New Yorker Magazine?s Book Award in Poetry; Meadowlands (1996); The Wild Iris (1992), which received the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award; Ararat (1990), for which she received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; and The Triumph of Achilles (1985), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award, and the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award. She has also published a collection of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry (1994), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. A chapbook, October, was published by Saraband Books in 2003. Glück?s tenth book of poetry is Averno (FSG, spring 2006). Her honors include the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize (Wellesley, 1986), M.I.T. Anniversary Medal (2000), and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Louise Glück taught at Williams College for 20 years and is currently Rosenkranz writer-in-residence at Yale University; she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, and in 1999 Louise Glück was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. In 2003, Louise Glück was named as the new judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets (she will serve through 2007). In September 2003, Louise Glück was appointed United States Poet Laureate (2003-2004) by the Librarian of Congress.

Reading: Thursday, March 29, 7:30pm Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

Question & Answer session: TBA

Karen Harryman's poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Poetry New Zealand, and Connecticut River Review as well as other print and online journals.  Her first book of poetry, Auto Mechanic's Daughter, was selected for the Black Goat Poetry Series Imprint and is  forthcoming with Akashic Books.  Before moving to Los Angeles she lived and worked in Kentucky for most of her life.  Currently, she teaches English and creative writing at YULA, an orthodox Jewish high school in Los Angeles.
: Thursday, April 5, 7:30pm, Bingham Poetry Room

Master Class: Friday, April 6, 10:00am-Noon, Humanities 300



Writer and director Kirker Butler has created two award-winning short films: "The Confetti Brothers," which premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and "The Love Seat." Currently living in Los Angeles with his wife Karen Harryman, Kirker is a writer and producer for the hit FOX animated show Family Guy.  In addition, Kirker has written for E! News Daily, the WB sitcom What I Like About You and the Family Guy Video Game.  He has appeared in the Nickelodeon program "Drake and Josh" and provides voices for Family Guy.
Panel Discussion: Friday, April 6, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library


"Split the Lark: the Border of Poetry and Music" is a two-day interdisciplinary conference to be held April 18 and 19, 2007.  The conference is dedicated to examining and exploring music-influenced poetry, collaborations between poets and musicians, and the border of the two art forms from a multitude of  perspectives.  Robin Behn, author of Horizon Note, The Red Hour, and Paper Bird, and Charles O. Hartman, author of Island, The Long View, and the scholarly work Jazz Text, will be featured guests.

Behn Reading: Wednesday, April 18, 7:30pm, Bingham Poetry Room

Hartman Reading: Wednesday, April 18, 7:00pm, Bingham Poetry Room

Locations and dates subject to change.  Please call the English Department at the University of Louisville to confirm.   (502)  852-6801