Next Up – Bill Berkson

Poet Bill Berkson returns to the UMaine New Writing Series for the first time in eight years to deliver the second annual Milton Ellis Memorial Reading for fall 2009.

Berkson, a prolific writer and art critic long associated with the legendary New York School of poetry, is touring in support of Portrait and Dream, an ample volume of new and selected poems recently published by Coffee House. Berkson will read on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at 4:30pm in the Soderberg Center Auditorium on the University of Maine campus in Orono. The reading is free and open to the public, though seating is limited.

The Milton Ellis Memorial Fund was established in 2007 through a bequest from George H. Ellis (University of Maine ’41). Dr. Milton Ellis (1885-1947) was George Ellis’s father and a nationally known scholar and educator who long served as the English Department Chair at UMaine and edited the New England Quarterly between 1937-1945.

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Berkson’s reading in Orono concludes a four-event tour of Maine. Click below for more information about individual events:

Gulf of Maine Books
Monday, October 19, 4pm

Language Arts Live at Bates
Monday, October 19, 7:30

Colby College Museum of Art
Tuesday, October 20, 5pm

Full New England itinerary here.

On Facebook? Consider joining the NWS group here.

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.

If you have a disability that may require 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).

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