Up Next – Poet Robert Kelly

Each semester, the NWS joins with the Honors College to create a poetry event for the Honors Cultural Odyssey (HON 180). This semester, our featured poet is the prolific and renowned Robert Kelly, author of more than fifty books of poetry and prose since he first began publishing in 1961, including Red Actions: Selected Poems 1960-1993 (Black Sparrow) and, most recently, May Day (Parsifal Press).

Robert Kelly’s reading will take place Wednesday, 4 April, at 8PM in Murray Hall 102 (note unusual time and place). As with all NWS events, this one is free and open to the general public.

To read an excerpt from a recent long interview with Kelly, visit here.

Poet Robert Kelly

Event Report – Steve Tomasula

An audience of forty-five students, faculty, and members of the local community turned out to hear Steve Tomasula read “The Color of Flesh,” a short story that takes up and further explores themes from his earlier novels The Book of Portraiture and In & Oz. After the reading, Tomasula fielded questions about his sources of inspiration, his relationship to the tradition of psychological realism, his collaborations with visual artists, the emotional undercurrents in experimental writing, the aesthetics of prosthetic limbs, anime and manga, the once solitary pursuit of novel writing, and other topics. After two busy days in Orono, Tomasula headed down to New York City for a reading Friday night at the KGB Bar.

Archival record. A digital videotape recording was made of the event. In addition to the dv masters, vhs and dvd duplicates will be available shortly. An 8-bit mp3 recording of the reading was also made. Contact Steve Evans for more information about acquiring copies.

Read Erin Frauenhofer’s review of The Book of Portraiture at PopMatters.

A row of well-thumbed copies of The Book of Portraiture could be spotted before the reading:
The Book of Portraiture by Steve Tomasula

Dave Kress elbowed aside a galoot to make a great introduction:
Novelist Dave Kress

Steve Tomasula smiling at the podium:
Steve Tomasula reading in the Soderberg Auditorium

Up Next – Fiction Writer Steve Tomasula

The spring New Writing Series resumes after the March break with a solo reading by novelist, essayist, and multi-media author Steve Tomasula on Thursday, 22 March, at 4:30pm in the Soderberg Center auditorium. Bookforum called Tomasula’s The Book of Portraiture, a “grand historical account of how the act of representing others always includes a representation of the self” and said that it “re-imagines what the novel, particularly the historical novel, might mean in the digital world, and it does so with verve, gusto, and style.” The American Book Review described his novel VAS as, “the most visually exhilarating fiction to appear in years.” Come see for yourself, this Thursday.

Tomasula Book Cover

Event Report – Grady Awards Reading

A capacity audience was on hand to hear the seven writers recognized with Steve Grady Awards for Creative Writing read from their works on 22 February 2007. Author statements for each of the participants can be read here. Below are a few amateur snapshots that capture something of the flavor of the event. If you attended, and want to share your impressions, please feel free to comment!

Archival record. A digital videotape recording was made of the event. In addition to the dv masters, vhs and dvd duplicates will be available shortly. An 8-bit mp3 recording of the reading was also made. Contact Steve Evans for more information about acquiring copies.

The readers before the event (from l to r): Nicholas Mohlmann, Jason DiGioia, Ashlyn Giles, Megan Arsenault, Polaris Garfield, Ryan Weibush, and Kiera Seekins.

Steve Grady Awards Spring 2007 Group Shot

Megan Arsenault

Grady Award Winner Megan Arsenault

Jason DiGioia

Grady Award Winner Jason DiGioia

Polaris Garfield

Grady Award Winner Polaris Garfield

Ashlyn Giles

Grady Award Winner Ashyln Giles

Nicholas Mohlmann

Grady Award Winner Nicholas Mohlmann

Kiera Seekins

Grady Award Winner Kiera Seekins

Ryan Weibush

Grady Award Winner Ryan Weibush

Questions from the audience

Grady Award Reading Question & Answer (audience view)

The writers field questions

Grady Awards 2007 Writers Field Questions

Heading home after a great event

Grady Awards 2007 Reading - Heading Home