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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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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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.

Next Up | Jennifer Scappettone

The New Writing Series presents a reading by poet, translator, and scholar Jennifer Scappettone on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The event will be held at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons and is free and open to the public. Carla Billitteri of the UMaine English Department’s faculty in poetry & poetics will introduce and host the Q&A to follow.

Jennifer Scappettone is associate professor of English and creative writing and associated faculty of Romance languages and literatures at the University of Chicago, and was the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies for 2010-11. Her poetry collections include From Dame Quickly and the bilingual Thing Ode/Ode oggettuale.

Scappettone edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli (University of Chicago Press), copies of which will be available at the event.

Her study Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice is forthcoming in August from Columbia University Press.

Her response to the question “What Is American about American Poetry?” is archived at the Poetry Society of America’s website.

Her essay “Garbage Arcadia: Digging for Choruses in Fresh Kills” is included in Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale (Routledge).

Scappettone’s contribution to the “Our Occupations (after the Occupations)” series curated by Thom Donovan for the Poetry Foundation is archived on Harriet.

A number of talks and readings are archived on Scappettone’s PennSound author page.

Scappettone comes to Maine right after presenting “Strategic Passeism: The Invention of a Modernist in the City of Aldus” as a keynote lecture at the Pound, ID: A Convergence conference in Boise, Idaho.

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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 Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Initiative, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, 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 AP/PE Black Box space. For more information contact NWS Coordinator 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 | Ray Halliday

The New Writing Series presents a reading by fiction writer Ray Halliday on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The event will be held at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons and is free and open to the public. Dave Kress of the UMaine Creative Writing faculty in fiction will introduce and host.

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Ray Halliday works as an English professor and editor in San Francisco. He’s also worked for a brokerage house, and for six years, as a night cabbie. A songwriter and musician, he leads The Verms.  He wrote, produced and acted in four very short films called The Existentialists. He has published stories in The Quarterly, Story Quarterly, Quarterly West, Crescent Review, and Stolen Island among others. In 1991 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His stories have been characterized as minimalist. The Kid That Even the Dogs Didn’t Like (MAMMOTH books, 2013) is his first collection of stories.

“Quirky and canny, familiar and queer, accessible and resistant, Ray Halliday’s short stories evoke a nostalgia bereft of sentimentality, a loneliness without despair, and a good humor that always leaves us more than a little uneasy. Intensely interested in literary minimalism, Halliday calls up shades of Richard Brautigan and Russell Edson, but nevertheless scouts new paths for that venerable tradition.” — Dave Kress

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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 Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Initiative, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, 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 AP/PE Black Box space. For more information contact NWS Coordinator 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 | Deb Olin Unferth

The New Writing Series presents a reading by fiction writer and memoirist Deb Olin Unferth on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The event will be held at 4:30pm in the Hill Auditorium of Barrows Hall and is free and open to the public. Fiction writer and Creative Writing faculty member Greg Howard will host.

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the story collection Minor Robberies and the novel Vacation, winner of the 2009 Cabell First Novelist Award and a New York Times Book Review Critics’ Choice. Her memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, was published by Henry Holt in 2011 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Believer, and the Boston Review. She has received two Pushcart Prizes and a 2009 Creative Capital grant for Innovative Literature and was a Harper’s Bazaar Editors’ Choice: Name to Know in 2011. She teaches at Wesleyan University and currently lives in New York.

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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 Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Initiative, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, 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 AP/PE Black Box space. For more information contact NWS Coordinator 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.