Up Next | Poet Bill Berkson on Thursday, April 23

The New Writing Series welcomes poet and art critic Bill Berkson (NWS F’01, F’09) back to the University of Maine for a reading on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be introduced by NWS coordinator Steve Evans and followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public.

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“A serene master of the syntactical sleight, transforming the mundane into the marvelous.”—Publishers Weekly

Wide-ranging and experimental, Expect Delays confronts past and present with rare equilibrium, eyeballing mortality while appreciating the richness and surprise, as well as the inevitable griefs, inherent in the time allowed.

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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 New Writing Series 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 Fernald APPE 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 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. Contact Series coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

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.

Up Next | Norma Cole on Thursday, April 16

The New Writing Series welcomes poet and translator Norma Cole to the University of Maine for a reading on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be introduced by Carla Billitteri and followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public.

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Norma Cole’s most recent books of poetry include Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008, Spinoza in Her Youth and Natural Light. TO BE AT MUSIC: Essays & Talks made its appearance in 2010 from Omnidawn Press. Her translations from the French include Danielle Collobert’s It Then, Collobert’s Journals, Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France (edited and translated by Cole), and Jean Daive’s A Woman with Several Lives.

Actualities, her collaboration with painter Marina Adams is forthcoming from Litmus Press. She has been a contributor to SFMOMA’s blog Open Space and also to the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet.

Cole has been the recipient of awards from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry, the Fund for Poetry, the Creative Work Fund and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.  Cole has taught at many schools, including the University of San Francisco, Saint Mary’s, Naropa University and San Francisco State, and was a Regents’ Lecturer at UC Berkeley. This is her first appearance in the New Writing Series.

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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 New Writing Series 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 Fernald APPE 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 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. Contact Series coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

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.

Up Next | Fiction Writer Julia Elliott on April 9

The New Writing Series welcomes fiction writer Julia Elliott (F’08) back to the University of Maine for a reading on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be introduced by David Kress and followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public.

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Julia Elliott’s collection of stories, The Wilds, was published to wide acclaim in October 2014. Her novel The New and Improved Romie Futch will be published by Tin House Books in 2015.

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An event report for her April 2008 reading at UMaine can be found here.

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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 New Writing Series 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 Fernald APPE 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 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. Contact Series coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

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.

Up Next | Poet Robert Adamson on Thursday, April 2

The New Writing Series, in collaboration with the Honors College, presents a reading by the Australian poet Robert Adamson on Thursday, April 2, 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 author. It is free and open to the public.

Robert Adamson is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, most recently The Goldfinches of Baghdad and Net Needle (both from Flood Editions).

American poet Michael Palmer (NWS S’05) says of Adamson: “Could it possibly be close to forty years ago when Bob Creeley and Robert Duncan first brought back the news about an extraordinary young Australian poet? I’ve avidly followed Bob Adamson’s work since those days, as he has probed the inner and outer landscapes of his environment with inspirited precision. ‘Praise life with broken words.’ Eye and ear, none better.”

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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 New Writing Series 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 Fernald APPE 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 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. Contact Series coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

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.

Up Next | 2015 Grady Awards for Creative Writing

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the New Writing Series celebrates the winners of the 2015 Steve Grady Awards for Creative Writing, who will read from their winning manuscripts. 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. This year’s judges were Hoa Nguyen (poetry) and Jeff Jackson (fiction), both of whom read in the New Writing Series in the fall of 2014. The event will be hosted by Creative Writing faculty member David Kress. You’ll find brief biographical statements from the winners below.

Chris Becker wishes she could be represented by an amorphous mass instead of a photograph. Though born and raised in rural New York, she only recently realized the appreciation the experience gave her for the terrifying emptiness of small town spaces. Her ongoing body of scholarly and creative work investigates the impact of distance and closeness on human relationships. She is Co-Recipient of the Ulrich Wicks Distinguished Teaching Assistantship for 2015-2016, a member of the English Graduate Student Association, and a fiction editor for the 2014-2015 issue of Stolen Island. Her hobbies include sleeping and watching Law and Order reruns, frequently at the same time.

Taylor Cunningham is a third year student of English, Anthropology, and Folklore. She also poses as a philosophy student from time to time. Taylor is the creator and coordinator of a lecture series on Language and Culture, which addresses her love of human expression; the many forms it takes and the various communities that realize them. For nearly two years now she has been investigating the historical hermits of Maine under the term “hermitology,” but has only more recently noticed a growing resemblance to her wild, reclusive subjects.

Rose Engelfried is currently obsessed with fairytales, and with all the dark things they tell us about ourselves. A fiction writer, poet, playwright and essayist, Rose has published work in Garbanzo literary journal, The Citron Review, The Story Shack, Vine Leaves literary journal, YARN, Stolen Island, and Pacific’s Literary Undergraduate Magazine (PLUM). Rose won first place in Graduate Fiction for her stories “Tiger Moon” and “In the Woods,” both of which will appear in her MA thesis this spring.

Kristyn Gerow is an undergraduate English Major at the University of Maine. Her concentration is in creative writing, but she wishes she would concentrate more on her poetry technique in addition to fiction writing. She supplements her poetry deficiency by judging the student-run Poetry Slams. She is the fiction editor of the University’s 2014/15 undergraduate literary magazine, The Open Field. An avid dancer and writer, she hopes to translate her love of language and movement to others.

Joseph Linscott writes: “I’m a first year student in the Master’s program with a concentration in fiction. I’m a Maine native, and at the moment am interested in exploring, through my writing, the impact of the paper industry on Maine’s towns and people—influenced by writers like Mark Nowak, Muriel Rukeyser, and John Dos Passos. I also have fiction published in The Open Field.”

Hannah Ruhlin is a senior at the University of Maine majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a double minor in Creative Writing and Sociology. She is the 2014-15 poetry editor for UMaine’s undergraduate literary magazine the Open Field. Both her poetry and her new ventures into fiction focus on personal experiences with gender, mental illness, feminism, and a host of other topics. When not deconstructing gender through her writing, she enjoys spending time with her cornsnake Hans Less.

Danielle Walczak is a New Hampshire native living in Maine. She studies journalism, creative writing and sustainable food systems at UMaine while serving as the Culture Editor of the Maine Campus. Her poetry has been published in The Open Field and she scored third place in UMaine’s poetry slam last fall. She is the winner of the 2014 Grenfell Prize for formal Poetry and the 2014 Grady Award for News Writing. Her interests are in literary journalism and being on mountains, whether it be skiing, hiking, or looking. She prefers beets above all vegetables in taste and color.

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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 New Writing Series 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 Fernald APPE 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 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. Contact Series coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

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.

UMaine New Writing Series Spring 2015 Lineup

The New Writing Series presents innovative and adventurous literary programming on the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono on selected Thursdays at 4:30pm. All events are held in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE Space in 104 Stewart Commons and are free & open to the public. Please mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come help us make it new!

February 19
AARON BURCH
Fiction writer | learn more
4:30pm in IMRC 104, Stewart Commons

March 19 < this event has been cancelled
BEN LERNER

Poet and fiction writer | learn more
Ben Lerner is a finalist for the Folio Prize & will be in London for the three-day festival leading up to the award on March 23. The NWS hopes to reschedule Lerner’s visit in the not-too-distant future.

March 26
GRADY AWARDS FOR CREATIVE WRITING
Winners of the 2015 Grady Awards in Poetry and Fiction

April 2
ROBERT ADAMSON
Australian poet | learn more
Cosponsored by the Honors College

April 9
JULIA ELLIOTT
Fiction writer | learn more

April 16
NORMA COLE
Poet and translator | learn more

April 23
BILL BERKSON
Poet and art critic | learn more

April 30
MA THESIS READING
Fiction by candidates for the Master’s Degree in English/Creative Writing

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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 New Writing Series 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 Fernald APPE 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 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. Contact Series coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

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 | 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.