Events

Fall 2018 Line Up

The New Writing Series celebrates its nineteenth year of innovative literary programming at the University of Maine with a dynamic lineup featuring the writers who define today—and tomorrow! All readings take place on Thursday afternoons at 4:30 in the Allen & Sally Fernald APPE Space (Stewart Commons 104). Events are free and open to the public. They are introduced by UMaine creative writing faculty and followed by Q&A sessions with the audience.

September 27
Eugene Lim

October 11
Jac Jemc

October 25
Martin Riker

November 8
Danielle Pafunda

November 15
Meghan Dowling
Leonore Hildebrandt
William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.

December 6
Joanna Crouse
Kathleen Ellis
Jeremy Parker

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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 Clement & Linda McGillicuddy 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 the office of Student Accessibility Services, 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 207-581-3822 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.

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Next Up | 2018 Grady Awards in 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, April 19, 2018 at 4:30pm in the Hill Auditorium (Barrows Hall). The event will be hosted by members of the Creative Writing faculty and is free and open to the public.

The external judge for this year’s fiction prizes was Idra Novey (NWS F17). The poetry judge was Claire Donato (NWS F17). Brief biographies of the winners appear below:

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Undergraduate Runner-Up, Fiction: Catherine Gottwalt

Catherine Gottwalt is a third year English and Journalism student at the University of Maine. Born and raised in Minnesota, she travels often back and forth from the plains to the coast and back again, which is good for young Catherine because she’s most inclined to soak up simple stillness and nap too much, if left alone. Her faith is her life’s most prominent anchor, and she participates as an active leader with Cru, an internationally known Christian ministry group. Catherine was awarded second place for fiction at the BA level.

Undergraduate First Prize, Fiction: Micah Valliere

Micah Valliere is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and with double minor in Classical studies and Medieval and Renaissance studies. He has presented his translations from the Latin and washed dishes at the Happenings Series. The Open Field published his magic realist vignette Concepción in 2017. He has a particular interest in Early Modern English drama, having studied at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon and he appeared as Theseus in the University of Maine’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He got into writing fiction because he was tired of writing about himself.

Undergraduate Runner-Up, Poetry: Colleen Lucy

Colleen Lucy is a fourth year undergraduate studying English and Kinesiology. Some people know her by Cami, but no, she does not know how her parents came up with the nickname. Next year she will attend Boston College as a first year M.A. student. Thanks to her adolescent obsession with Marie Antoinette, and Professor Rogers, her research interests lean towards the eighteenth century and its understanding of physiology.

Undergraduate First Prize, Poetry: Cara Morgan

Cara Morgan is a third year undergraduate in the English department and works as the Tutor Assistant Director in the Writing Center. She studies critical and analytical writing, but her recent struggles with a chronic pain disease turned her to creative writing. She operates mostly within the world of slam poetry and has participated in two UMaine poetry slams, taking first place this semester. You can usually find her in the Writing Center amidst chaos or at home with her cat. She believes that the best kinds of art come from turning something shitty into something you’d be willing to share with a room full of people. She’s had a lot of shitty and she’s ready to share.

Graduate Runner-Up, Poetry: Kat Dubois

Kat Dubois is a first year MA candidate studying poetry & poetics. She is the editorial assistant to the scholarly journal Paideuma: A Journal of Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.

Graduate First Prize, Poetry: Kristyn Gerow

Kristyn Gerow is a second year MA Candidate in English, concentrating in creative writing and Fiction at the University of Maine, Orono. In her Master’s thesis, and in other fiction as well, she focuses on the body as foreign and distinct, chronically ill bodies, and how illness and other outside factors interact with the body. Until the Grady awards were announced, she did not consider herself a poet, but no one has been able to explain the difference between poetry and fiction to her, so maybe she’s just a writer.

Graduate Runner-Up, Fiction: Morghen Tidd

Morghen Tidd is a first-year graduate student studying creative writing with an interest in auto-fiction. When she’s not haunting the halls of Neville, she can be found wandering aimlessly through Hannaford’s aisles, talking about her parrot Renly, or thinking about aliens. On a productive day, she can be found doing all three.

Graduate First Prize, Fiction: Paul Eaton

Paul Eaton is a second-year MA candidate and a Wicks Fellow for the upcoming year. His career as an English student has included stops at Oberlin, Naropa, the University of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. He lives in Orono with his two cats, Creeley and Duncan, where he listens to a lot of Brian Eno as he looks out the window.

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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 Clement & Linda McGillicuddy 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 the office of Student Accessibility Services, 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 207-581-3822 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.

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Spring 2018 New Writing Series Events

The New Writing Series brings contemporary literature to life on the University of Maine’s flagship campus 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!

March 8
Fiction reading by Eugene Lim < canceled due to weather

March 22
Poetry performance by Julie Patton & Drew Gardner
In collaboration with the Honors College & the Happening Series

April 5
Fiction reading by Christina Milletti
Introduced by David Kress

April 12
Poetry reading by Allison Cobb
Introduced by Benjamin Friedlander

April 19
Grady Awards for Creative Writing
Poetry & Fiction at the BA & MA Level

April 26
Master’s Thesis Reading

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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Departmentand 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 Clement & Linda McGillicuddy 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 the office of Student Accessibility Services, 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 207-581-3822 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.

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Next Up | Idra Novey

The New Writing Series welcomes fiction novelist, poet, and translator Idra Novey to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, November 9, 2017 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  Greg Howard and followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include  Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Coun­try, a final­ist for the 2008 Fore­word Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she’s written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR’s All Things Con­sid­ered, New York Magazine, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writ­ers Mag­a­zine, the PEN Trans­la­tion Fund, and the Poetry Foundation. She has also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Pas­sion Accord­ing to G.H. She’s taught at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity, Columbia, NYU, Fordham, the Catholic University of Chile, and in the Bard Prison Initiative.  This fall she will be the Visiting Writer at the Stella Adler Center at NYU. This will be 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 Departmentand 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 Clement & Linda McGillicuddy 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 the office of Student Accessibility Services, 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 207-581-3822 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.

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Next Up | Roy Kesey

The New Writing Series welcomes fiction writer Roy Kesey to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, October 19, 2017 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  Greg Howard and followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Roy Kesey was born and raised in northern California, and currently lives in Maryland. His latest book is a short story collection called Any Deadly Thing. He’s also the author of a novel called Pacazo (the January 2011 selection for The Rumpus Book Club), a collection of short stories called All Over (a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, and one of The L Magazine’s Best Books of the Decade), a novella called Nothing in the World (winner of the Bullfight Media Little Book Award), and a historical guide to the city of Nanjing, China.

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Kesey’s work has appeared in several anthologies including Best American Short Stories, New Sudden Fiction, The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology and The Future Dictionary of America, and in more than eighty magazines including McSweeney’s, Subtropics, The Georgia Review, American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review and Ninth Letter. His translation of Pola Oloixarac’s magnificent debut novel Las teorías salvages was published by Soho Press as Savage Theories in 2017. Other translations of his from Spanish and French into English include work on behalf of Turner Books, the Ministry of Education of Spain, PromPerú, Ferrovial Agromán, and the City of Santander.

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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Departmentand 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 Clement & Linda McGillicuddy 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 the office of Student Accessibility Services, 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 207-581-3822 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.

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Next Up | Claire Donato

The New Writing Series welcomes poet Claire Donato to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, October 5, 2017 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 Jennifer Moxley and followed by a Q&A with the audience. Donato’s reading is part of Digital Humanities Week at the University of Maine. The poet will also be visiting Honors 180: A Cultural Odyssey as part of a longstanding collaboration between the NWS and the Honors College.

Claire Donato is the author of a full-length collection of poems, The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016), and a novella, Burial (Tarpaulin Sky, 2013), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. She has also published chapbooks with Cannibal Books and the Cultural Society. She received her MFA from Brown and currently teaches at Pratt, RISD, and Parsons. 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 Departmentand 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 Clement & Linda McGillicuddy 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 the office of Student Accessibility Services, 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 207-581-3822 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.

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Next Up | Mark Tardi

The New Writing Series welcomes poet and translator Mark Tardi to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, September 21, 2017 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 Jennifer Moxley and followed by an audience Q&A with the author.

Mark Tardi grew up in Chicago and earned his MFA in creative writing from Brown University. His collections of poetry include the chapbooks Part First—Chopin’s Feet (2005) and Airport Music (2005), as well as the full length collections Euclid Shudders (2003) and Airport Music (2013). Tardi’s Polish heritage led him to an early interest in Polish poetry, and he was a 2008–2009 Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Culture at the University of Lódz. He has translated work from Polish and, as an editor of the journal Aufgabe, devoted a special issue in 2010 to Polish poetry and poetics. He currently lives with his wife and two dogs in a village in central Poland and is on faculty at the University of Łódź. His newest book, The Circus of Trust, was published by Dalkey Archive Press in August 2017.

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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Departmentand 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 Clement & Linda McGillicuddy 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 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.

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