Up Next – Elizabeth Willis

Poet Elizabeth Willis reads in the UMaine New Writing Series this Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 4:30pm in the Soderberg Center Auditorium on the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono.

Elizabeth Willis last read in the New Writing Series on a snowy January Thursday in 2005. She is the acclaimed author of numerous volumes of poetry—including Meteoric Flowers, Turneresque, The Human Abstract, and others—and the editor of Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place (Iowa).

As UMaine joins the world in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first publication of On the Origin of Species, it’s worth mentioning that Willis’s book of poetry Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan) draws its inspiration from the verses of  Charles Darwin’s grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, in which many scholars see anticipations of the grandson’s theory  of evolution.

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The UMaine New Writing Series 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, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the Pulp & Paper Foundation for the use of the Soderberg Center. FMI contact Steve Evans on First Class or at 207-581-3818.

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