Next Up – Grady Awards 2008

Please join us this Thursday, 21 February, at 4:30pm in the Soderberg Auditorium, as the NWS helps celebrate the achievement of this year’s winners of the Steve Grady Awards in poetry and fiction. The readers (in alphabetical order) will be:

REBECCA GRIFFIN (Graduate, Poetry)
Rebecca Griffin comes to Orono from Somerville, Massachusetts where she worked as an editor for several years. She loves living near her extended family in Orono, and is thrilled to be a frequent attendee of local bean suppers and church fairs. In addition to writing poetry, she enjoys cooking, walking around town, and chasing her cat around her house.

EMILY KOHLER (Graduate, Fiction)
Emily Kohler graduated from Ohio University with a degree in English and a minor in Classical Civilizations. Her interests include kayaks; road trips; Kevin Spacey; Pilot black ink, retractable, fine point pens; and all things Italian. She is a second year teaching assistant in the English department.

KATIE LATTARI (Undergraduate, Fiction)
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, then when I was 8 years old, my family and I moved to Maine and have lived here ever since. I’m a third year English major (creative writing concentration), and I hope to pursue writing in an MFA program after undergrad. I love baseball, guitars, and shoes, and currently live in Winterport, Maine.

STACIA MATTHEWS (Undergraduate, Poetry)
I am a fourth year English major with a concentration in creative writing poetry. I am graduating in May, and plan to take a year off before attending Grad school in 2009 to earn an MFA in creative writing. I enjoy reading and writing when I can find the time, and I love all Boston sports teams, especially the Patriots and the Bruins. Someday I would love to travel to and maybe live in Tuscany, Italy.

NICHOLAS MOHLMANN (Graduate, Poetry)
Nicholas Mohlmann was born and raised in Virginia. He earned a BA in English from George Mason University in 2005. He is currently finishing his second year as a grad student in the English department and will complete his MA in May.

ZACHARY RICHARDS (Graduate, Poetry)
Zachary Richards was born in Ellsworth, Maine on October 3, 1984, and grew up in the small coastal town of Roque Bluffs, Maine. He began attending the University of Maine in September of 2002 and graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in May of 2006. While an undergraduate he also completed minors in Mathematics and English. He returned to the University of Maine in September of 2006 to pursue a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

JENNY SMICK (Undergraduate, Fiction)
I am a senior-year English major (concentration in creative writing). I am passionate about reading, writing and theatre, and sometimes try my hand at playwriting for fun. One of my favorite things to do in my free time is have a good conversation.

MEGAN SODERBERG (Undergraduate, Poetry)
A native of Northern Michigan Megan first came to UMaine as a Marine Biology major, and then sort of took a left turn. She is now a fourth year English Creative Writing major, minoring in Women’s Studies and Film and Video. After graduating she hopes to attend film school (or at least that’s the plan for now), as well as continue writing and studying literature

CLINTON SPAULDING (Graduate, Fiction)
Clinton Spaulding was born in Hartford, Connecticut and moved to Maine as a child where he learned to hunt, fish, and enjoy the wilderness. Since then he has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. living in Arkansas, Massachusetts, and was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas while in the Navy. He is now back in Maine writing poetry and raising two kids free from the clutches of censorship.


Special thanks to guest judges Edward Desautels (fiction, NWS F’07) & Daniel Bouchard (poetry, NWS S’01 & S’05).


Grady Award Winners S08 Collage

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