Mesmer Reading Postponed

We regret that complicated weather to our south has forced the cancellation of Sharon Mesmer’s reading in the New Writing Series, originally scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2010. We’ll update the blog when a new date has been settled; at this time, we anticipate that Mesmer will be a featured writer in the fall 2010 Series.

Next up – Sharon Mesmer

Writer Sharon Mesmer—author of Half Angel, Half Lunch (2002), Annoying Diabetic Bitch (2007) and The Virgin Formica (2008)—makes her first appearance in the UMaine New Writing Series on Thursday, February 25, 2010. The reading takes place at 4:30pm in the Soderberg Center Auditorium on the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono and is free and open to the public (though seating is limited). Due to the graphic language in some of Mesmer’s work, the performance may not be suitable for all audience members.

To learn more about Mesmer, visit her blog. To hear her reading from her work, check out her page on PennSound. If you’re on Facebook, please 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).

Next up – Laird Hunt

Novelist Laird Hunt—author of The Paris Stories, Indiana, Indiana, The Impossibly, The Exquisite, and, most recently, Ray of the Star—makes his first appearance in the UMaine New Writing Series on Thursday, February 18, 2010. The reading takes place at 4:30pm in the Soderberg Center Auditorium on the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono and is free and open to the public (though seating is limited).

You can read recent reviews of Ray of the Star here. If you’re on Facebook, please 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).

Event Report – Catherine Wagner

The poet Catherine Wagner read to a capacity audience of more than seventy people in the first event of the spring 2010 New Writing Series on Thursday, February 4, 2010.

Wagner read from her books Macular Hole and My New Job, from a manuscript tentatively titled “Mercury Vectors: A Romance,” and a new poem beginning “If you put the hand inside….” The poet also entertained a number of questions from audience members on a range of topics including her use of song, her approach to compositional processes, and her feelings about public performance of her work. A full set list will follow shortly.

To view more photographs of the event, click here. The event was documented on digital videotape by Carey Haskell. A digital soundfile was created using a Zoom H4n recorder. As audio and video clips becomes available, they’ll be posted to this blog.