Next Up | Franklin Bruno & Matvei Yankelevich

The New Writing Series wraps up its fall 2012 season with a reading by poets Franklin Bruno and Matvei Yankelevich (NWS F’06) at 4:30 on Thursday, November 29, in the the Soderberg Center Auditorium (Jenness Hall) on the flagship campus of the University of Maine system in Orono. The reading is free and open to the community and will be followed by a conversation with members of the audience.

Franklin Bruno (left) writes songs, and performs them with the Human Hearts and in other configurations. During the 1990s, he was one-third of the band Nothing Painted Blue. He has also released music under his own name, and in collaboration with various talented friends (Jenny Toomey, Wckr Spgt, The Mountain Goats). He also writes criticism, poems, and the occasional academic article. His books are Armed Forces (criticism; Continuum Books [33 1/3 series], 2006), and The Accordion Repertoire (poetry; Edge Books, 2012). Currently working on a book about bridges, middle eights, and breakdowns in (mostly) American popular music, to be published by Wesleyan University Press.

Matvei Yankelevich (right) is the author of the poetry collection Alpha Donut (United Artists Books) and the novella-in-fragments Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books), as well as several chapbooks. He is the translator and editor of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook, 2007). His translations of Russian poetry have appeared in many periodicals including Harpers, New American Writing, Poetry, and the New Yorker, and in several anthologies. He is one of the founding editors of Ugly Duckling Presse, and a member of the writing faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

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The UMaine New Writing Series is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundationwith 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. For more information contact Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

If you have a disability that requires 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 | Joanna Howard

Fiction writer Joanna Howard, author On the Winding Stair and Foreign Correspondent, makes her first appearance in the New Writing Series on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Howard will read from her work in the Bodwell Lounge of the Collins Center for the Arts on the flagship campus of the University of Maine system in Orono. The event starts at 4:30pm and is free & open to the public, though seating is limited. UMaine Creative Writing Faculty member Gregory Howard will introduce and host the event.

Joanna Howard is the author of On the Winding Stair (Boa editions, 2009), Foreign Correspondent (forthcoming in 2013 from Counterpath), and a chapbooknd In the Colorless Round, with artwork by Rikki Ducornet (Noemi Press).

Her work has appeared in Conjunctions, Chicago Review, Verse, Unsaid, Quarterly West, American Letters & Commentary, Fourteen Hills, Western Humanities Review, Salt Hill, Tarpaulin Sky and elsewhere.  Her stories have been anthologized in PP/FF: An Anthology, Writing Online, and New Standards: The First Decade of Fiction at Fourteen Hills. 

She has also co-translated, with Brian Evenson, Walls by Marcel Cohen (Black Square, 2009) and co-translated with Nick Bredie Cows by Frédéric Boyer (forthcoming from Noemi Press).

She lives in Providence and teaches at Brown University.

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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. For more information contact Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

If you have a disability that requires 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 | Mary Jo Bang

Poet and translator Mary Jo Bang makes her first appearance in the New Writing Series on Thursday, November 8, at 7pm in Little Hall 120 on the flagship campus of the University of Maine system in Orono. This special evening event is co-sponsored by the Honors College as part of their “Cultural Odyssey” programming. It is free & open to the public.

Mary Jo Bang is the author of six books of poems, including The Bride of E (2009) and Elegy (2007), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, was published by Graywolf Press in 2012. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mary Jo Bang – photo by Mark Schäfer

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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. For more information contact Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

If you have a disability that requires 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).