The fall 2010 season of the UMaine New Writing Series gets started this Thursday, September 23, with a reading by poets Joanna Fuhrman and Rick Snyder, both making their first appearances in the Series.
Rick Snyder’s debut book of poems, Escape from Combray, appeared from Ugly Duckling Press in 2009. John Yau reviewed the volume favorably for the November 2009 issue of The Brooklyn Rail. Snyder’s poem “How Are You Doing” was picked by Ted Kooser for inclusion in the “American Life in Poetry” series of syndicated newspaper columns. In the October 2006 issue of Jacket, Snyder provided “A Brief Overview of Flarf” that may interest NWS audience members who plan to attend Sharon Mesmer’s reading on November 4, 2010.
Joanna Fuhrman’s newest book is Pageant, published in 2009 by Maine-based Alice James Books. Her three previous collections, all from Hanging Loose, are Freud in Brooklyn (2000), Ugh Ugh Ocean (2003), and Moraine (2006). Thomas Fink’s appreciation of Ugh Ugh Ocean can be read here. Lauren Russell wrote up a “reading report” about Fuhrman’s February 2010 reading at The Poetry Project in New York City, where Fuhrman coordinates the Wednesday night reading series. To hear her read, check out her PennSound page.
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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 at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.
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