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.
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