On September 30, 2010, the New Writing Series will host a special evening event featuring both the winner of the first annual Millay Prize for Poetry, Rachel Perry, and the renowned poet who graciously served as contest judge, Ann Lauterbach.
The event will be held at 7:30pm 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). After brief opening remarks by Steve Evans, coordinator of the New Writing Series and representative of the National Poetry Foundation, Rachel Perry will read from her winning manuscript “After Centralia.” Poet, essayist, and Ruth and David E. Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College Ann Lauterbach will then read from her own recent work. The evening’s program will also include several poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, in whose honor the Prize was established by Frank T. and Helene Crohn, who will be in attendance.
To learn more about Rachel Perry and her winning manuscript, click over to the profile of her available here.
To learn more about Ann Lauterbach, visit her author pages at Poets.org, Poetry Foundation, and Electronic Poetry Center. Sound files of her reading are available at PennSound. You can also read her interview with Tim Peterson, check out her poem “Tangled Reliquary,” and read her essay “Slaves of Fashion.” The Ohio State University Department of Art’s feature on Lauterbach is 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 at steven dot evans at maine dot edu 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).