Next Up | Hoa Nguyen & Dale Smith on Dec 4

The UMaine New Writing Series presents a reading by poets Dale Smith and Hoa Nguyen on Thursday, December 4, at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with the authors. It is free and open to the public.

Hoa Nguyen is the author of eight poetry books and chapbooks, including Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008 (Wave) and As Long As Trees Last (Wave). She lives in Toronto, Ontario where she teaches poetics at Ryerson University and curates a reading series.

Dale Smith is the author of the recently published book of poetry, Slow Poetry in America (Cuneiform); and a book of scholarship, Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960 (Alabama). He is on the faculty of the department of English at Ryerson University, Toronto.

Between 1998-2003, Nguyen and Smith edited the Austin-based independent poetry magazine and press Skanky Possum.

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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Center, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the APPE Black Box space.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact Ann Smith in the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207-581-1226.

The authors who appear in the NWS write for adult audiences and make use of a wide spectrum of language and subject matter. We are happy to advise parents and secondary school teachers on which events may not be suitable for their children or students: just contact the Series coordinator at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

Next Up | Diane Cook on November 20

The UMaine New Writing Series presents a reading by Diane Cook, author most recently of Man V. Nature: Stories, on Thursday, November 20, at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be introduced by Gregory Howard and followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public.

Diane Cook’s fiction has been published in Harper’s Magazine, Granta, Tin House, Zoetrope, One Story, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and on This American Life, where she worked as a radio producer for six years. She earned an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Teaching Fellow. She lives in Oakland, California.

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“Masterful… Each darkly comic modern fable reveals our societal preoccupations—with status, sex, motherhood, belonging—for what they really are: thin veneers over our ever-present animal selves, ready to crack at the merest provocation. A book that’ll grab your attention and keep you thinking.” —Helene Wecker, author of THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI

“Here’s a good rule: If Diane Cook wrote it, read it.” —Man V. Nature in The Boston Globe

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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Center, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the APPE Black Box space.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact Ann Smith in the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207-581-1226.

The authors who appear in the NWS write for adult audiences and make use of a wide spectrum of language and subject matter. We are happy to advise parents and secondary school teachers on which events may not be suitable for their children or students: just contact the Series coordinator at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

Next Up | Christopher Merkner on November 13

The New Writing Series presents a reading by Christopher Merkner on Thursday, November 13, at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be introduced by Gregory Howard and followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public.

Christopher Merkner’s first book The Rise and Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic was published in 2014 by Coffee House Press. He teaches creative writing at West Chester University. His work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Cincinnati Review, Fairy Tale Review, Gettysburg Review, New Orleans Review, and Best American Mystery Stories. This is his first appearance in the New Writing Series.

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On Facebook? Consider joining the NWS group here.

The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Center, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the APPE Black Box space.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact Ann Smith in the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207-581-1226.

The authors who appear in the NWS write for adult audiences and make use of a wide spectrum of language and subject matter. We are happy to advise parents and secondary school teachers on which events may not be suitable for their children or students: just contact the Series coordinator at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

Next Up | Poet Alice Notley on November 6

The New Writing Series presents a reading by the poet Alice Notley on Thursday, November 6, at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading, which is co-sponsored by the Honors College, will be followed by a Q&A and is free and open to the general public. Notley first read in the New Writing Series in November 2001; she returned for a brief residency in November 2004. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to hear one of the defining voices of contemporary American poetry as she returns to Orono for the first time in ten years.

Alice Notley has published over 25 books of poetry, including Culture of One (2011),  Songs and Stories of the Ghouls (2011), Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005 (2006), awarded the Lenore Marhsall Poetry Prize; In the Pines (2007); Disobedience (2001), awarded the Griffin International Poetry Prize; Mysteries of a Small House (1998); The Descent of Alette (1996); and many more. With her sons Edmund and Anselm Berrigan, Notley edited The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (2011) and The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (2007). Notley has received the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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In November of 2011, Notley read in the University of Chicago’s “Poem Present” series; the event was introduced by Jennifer Scappettone (NWS S’14).

In February of 2012, Notley spoke with Michelle Naka Pierce, director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as part of her residency at Naropa University. Their conversation touches on Notley’s relationship to languages other than English (the French of the Paris where she now lives, the Spanish of her childhood in Needles).

Just a few weeks ago, Eileen Myles (NWS S’10, S’01) delivered a keynote talk on Notley’s work at the Alette in Oakland conference organized by the Bay Area Public School. The three-day symposium was crowd-funded through an Indiegogo campaign.

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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Center, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the APPE Black Box space. For more information contact Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact Ann Smith in the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207-581-1226.

Next Up | Jeff Jackson on October 23

The New Writing Series presents fiction writer Jeff Jackson this Thursday, October 23, at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons.  The reading, which will be followed by a Q&A with the audience, is free and open to the general public. Creative Writing faculty member Gregory Howard will introduce and host the event.

Jeff Jackson is the author of the novel Mira Corpora, published by Two Dollar Radio. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and appeared on “Best of 2013” lists in Salon, Slate, Flavorwire, Lit-Reactor, and more. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Vice, and The Collagist, the anthology Userlands: New Fiction Writing from the Blogging Underground, and been performed in New York and Los Angeles by New River Dramatists. He edited the literary anthologies Topograph: Fiction from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond and The Portable Lentricchia. Five of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award-winning Collapsable Giraffe theater company in New York City, including Botanica which was selected by the New York Times as “one of 2012’s most galvanizing theater moments.” He also served as director for the NoDa Film Festival and founder of the popular jazz website Destination: Out.

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On Facebook? Consider joining the NWS group here.

The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Center, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the APPE Black Box space. For more information contact Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact Ann Smith in the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207-581-1226.

Next Up | Rachel Tzvia Back on October 2

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Rachel Tzvia Back is the author, most recently, of A Messenger Comes and On Ruins & Return. Her translation of In the Illuminated Dark: Selected Poems of Tuvia Ruebner was published in June 2014 by Hebrew Union College Press. With Tal Nitzan, she edited With an Iron Pen: Twenty Years of Hebrew Protest Poetry in 2009. Her reading will be introduced by Benjamin Friedlander, who will also host the discussion to follow.

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On Facebook? Consider joining the NWS group here.

The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Center, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the APPE Black Box space. For more information contact Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact Ann Smith in the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207-581-1226.

Next Up | Rosa Alcalá

The New Writing Series presents poet and translator Rosa Alcalá (NWS S’04) this Thursday, September 18, at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons.  The reading, which will be followed by a Q&A with the audience, is free and open to the general public.

Rosa Alcalá is the author of two books of poetry, Undocumentaries (2010) and The Lust of Unsentimental Waters (2012), both from Shearsman Books. Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), which she edited, translated, and transcribed, was runner-up for the 2013 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She has also translated the work of Lila Zemborain, Lourdes Vázquez, and other poets, with translations included in the Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Poet & translator Rosa Alcalá

Poet & translator Rosa Alcalá

Announcement of Alcalá’s recent NEA grant for Translation.

Alcalá reads Rita Hayworth: Double Agent on Wordspace‘s Vimeo page.

Alcalá’s poem Paramour at the Poetry Society of America‘s website.

A conversation between Alcalá and Joshua Marie Wilkinson at J2.

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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Center, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the APPE Black Box space. For more information contact Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact Ann Smith in the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207-581-1226.