Next Up | Trevor Joyce

The New Writing Series welcomes Irish poet Trevor Joyce to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space (104 Stewart Commons). The reading, which is free & open to the public, will be introduced by Benjamin Friedlander and followed by an audience Q&A with the author.

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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 about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just 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 | Amber Sparks

The New Writing Series welcomes fiction writer Amber Sparks to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space (104 Stewart Commons). The reading, which is free & open to the public, will be introduced by Gregory Howard and followed by an audience Q&A with the author.

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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 about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just 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 | Fall 2016 Preview

Please mark your calendars for a new season of adventurous contemporary literature hosted by the UMaine New Writing Series.

September 22
Fiction reading by Amber Sparks

September 29
Poetry reading by Trevor Joyce

October 13
Fiction reading by Rion Amilcar Scott

October 27
Poetry reading by Pattie McCarthy & Jenn McCreary

November 3
Poetry reading by Joshua Edwards & Lynn Xu

November 10
Poetry & fiction reading by Kristen Case & Tessa Mellas

November 17
Student-curated reading celebrating The Open Field

December 1
Fiction reading by Azareen van der Vliet Oloomi

All readings start at 4:30pm and are held in the Fernald APPE Space, 104 Stewart Commons, on the UMaine campus.

Visiting writers are introduced by UMaine faculty members and the readings are followed by Q&A with the audience.

Events are always free and open to the general public.

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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 about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just 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 | Emily Fridlund

The New Writing Series welcomes fiction writer Emily Fridlund to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space (104 Stewart Commons). The reading, which is free & open to the public, will be followed by an audience Q&A with the author.

Emily Fridlund’s fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Boston Review, Zyzzyva, Southwest Review, Five Chapters, New Orleans Review, New Delta Review, and Sou’wester. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Her collection of stories, Catapult, was selected by Ben Marcus for the 2015 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and will be published with Sarabande Books. Her first novel, History of Wolves, is forthcoming with Grove / Atlantic Inc. in 2017.

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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 about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just 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 | Joanna Walsh

The New Writing Series welcomes fiction writer, critic, and illustrator Joanna Walsh to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space (104 Stewart Commons). The reading, which is free & open to the public, will be followed by an audience Q&A with the author.

Walsh is the author of Vertigo (2015), Grow a Pair (2015) and Fractals (2013). Her non-fiction book Hotel was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. She writes criticism for The Guardian, The New Statesman and The National (UAE). She is fiction editor at 3:AM Magazine and contributing editor at Catapult. She runs #readwomen, described by the New York Times as ‘a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers.’ She is also an illustrator.

Amina Cain (NWS F’11) writes: “Reading Vertigo has opened even wider my conceptions of what’s possible in fiction—how a book can be like a series of photographs, like cinema. These stories appear as much as they engage with narrative, saturated with a calm yet rich color. I’ve not read anything like it and feel it is quietly subverting the hell out of the form.”

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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 about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just 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 | 2016 Grady Awards for Creative Writing

The recipients of this year’s Grady Awards for Creative Writing will read from their winning manuscripts in a special New Writing Series event on Thursday, March 24, 2016.

The reading, which will be hosted by members of the creative writing faculty, starts at 4:30pm in the Allen & Sally Fernald APPE Space, 104 Stewart Commons, University of Maine. It is free and open to the public.

Recognized this year in the poetry category are Katherine Dubois, Victoria Hood, Kaitlyn Abrams, and Joseph Linscott; in fiction Taylor Cunningham, Eliza Jones, Kellene O’Hara, and Reuben Dendinger. Brief biographical statements by the winners can be found below.

Stacy Szymaszek (NWS F’15) judged the poetry. Sarah Gerard (NWS F’15) judged the fiction.

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KAITLYN ABRAMS is a first year graduate student and instructor in the English Department at the University of Maine. She is pursuing a Creative Writing emphasis in Fiction, and her research interests are in Eco-Criticism and Environmental Communications. She has taught English in the Republic of Georgia, worked for Conservation Northwest and the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, and co-authored an article published by Johns Hopkins University Press. This summer, she will lead a lead a Volunteer Conservation Project to South Africa through the International Student Volunteers organization. Judge Stacy Szymaszek recognized Abrams as runner up in poetry for the graduate division.

TAYLOR CUNNINGHAM is an undergraduate senior studying English, Anthropology and Folklore. She organizes an interdisciplinary lecture series on language and culture and is currently working on a creative thesis that explores some of Maine’s most fantastically idiosyncratic hermit characters. Taylor is graduating this spring and welcomes any and all job offers. Judge Sarah Gerard recognized Cunningham as runner up in fiction for the undergraduate division.

REUBEN DENDINGER is a first year graduate student and teaching assistant in the English Department at the University of Maine. He studies British literature, with a special interest in Medieval literature and modern medievalism, modern fantasy literature, cinema, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. His first book, The Rude Adventures of Trenchfoot, a satirical fantasy novel, was self-published in 2014 and is currently available online through Armageddon Record Shop. Currently he is researching a book on insect protein cultivation for the home and small farm. He lives in Orono, Maine with his wife Maia and their two cats. Judge Sarah Gerard awarded Dendinger first prize in fiction for the graduate division.

KATHERINE (KAT) DUBOIS When not found lurking around Neville Hall in the style of a young, lost, homeless animal (in the hopes that someone will anchor her easily-distracted mind with knowledge), Kat can usually be found at her Old Town residence avoiding assignments while subjecting her roommates to 3 a.m. poetry readings and the repetitive phrase: “Does this sound okay?” She would rather wrangle cattle left-handed than attempt to scan a poem, but thankfully has been able to keep farm animals out of her writing (sorry, Orwell). Like both Proust and Capote, she considers herself a “horizontal writer,” which might explain some fishy attendance discrepancies. Her roommates have repeatedly assured her that this summary is, in fact, sufficient. Judge Stacy Szymaszek recognized Dubois as runner up in poetry for the undergraduate division.

VICTORIA (TORI) HOOD is a sophomore English and Political Science double major. She has been published in Blood Moon Rising online magazine and wrote for lifesbookstore.com for one year. She also won Poetry Foundation’s Editor Choice Award in their 2004 poetry competition. After her mother died in 2013, Tori became even more determined to make her voice heard. Her nonfiction writing on her mother’s death will be published in the University of Maine’s undergraduate literary magazine, The Open Field. Hood enjoys the voice of Kafka accompanied by the voice of Keith Morris and John O’Callaghan. Judge Stacy Szymaszek awarded Hood first prize in poetry for the undergraduate division.

ELIZA JONES is a senior English major at UMaine with a concentration in creative writing. Eliza’s writing is very much inspired by her sense of place, history, and time; particularly, how memory, longing, loss and love shape the lives of men and women. She believes that words are magic, and that writers are magicians. She is inspired by the writing of Penelope Lively, Norman Maclean, Margaret Atwood, and William Faulkner. Judge Sarah Gerard awarded Jones first prize in fiction for the undergraduate division.

JOSEPH LINSCOTT is a second year Master’s student studying fiction whose interest in poetry comes from documentary and political poets. His work came as an attempt to explore the mechanics of every day, working-class life.Judge Stacy Szymaszek awarded Linscott first prize in poetry for the graduate division.

KELLENE L. O’HARA graduated from West Virginia University in 2014 with a B.A. in English (concentration in creative writing) and a B.A. in World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (emphasis in French) with a minor in Foreign Literature in Translation and Foreign Culture. She spent the last year teaching English at a high school in the south of France and used her breaks to travel to Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English at the University of Maine. Judge Sarah Gerard recognized O’Hara as runner up in fiction for the graduate division.

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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 about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just 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 | Poet Prageeta Sharma

The New Writing Series welcomes poet Prageeta Sharma to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space (104 Stewart Commons). The reading, which is free & open to the public, will be followed by an audience Q&A with the author.

Sharma is the author of Undergloom (2013), Infamous Landscapes (2007), The Opening Question (2004), and Bliss to Fill (2000). She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana and organizer, with Joanna Klink, of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, and Literary Study. Her visit to UMaine is co-sponsored by the Honors College as part of their “Honors Odyssey” program.

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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 about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just 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.