The New Writing Series presents a reading by fiction writer Ray Halliday on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The event will be held at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons and is free and open to the public. Dave Kress of the UMaine Creative Writing faculty in fiction will introduce and host.
Ray Halliday works as an English professor and editor in San Francisco. He’s also worked for a brokerage house, and for six years, as a night cabbie. A songwriter and musician, he leads The Verms. He wrote, produced and acted in four very short films called The Existentialists. He has published stories in The Quarterly, Story Quarterly, Quarterly West, Crescent Review, and Stolen Island among others. In 1991 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His stories have been characterized as minimalist. The Kid That Even the Dogs Didn’t Like (MAMMOTH books, 2013) is his first collection of stories.
“Quirky and canny, familiar and queer, accessible and resistant, Ray Halliday’s short stories evoke a nostalgia bereft of sentimentality, a loneliness without despair, and a good humor that always leaves us more than a little uneasy. Intensely interested in literary minimalism, Halliday calls up shades of Richard Brautigan and Russell Edson, but nevertheless scouts new paths for that venerable tradition.” — Dave Kress
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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and 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, the University of Maine Humanities Initiative, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the AP/PE Black Box space. For more information contact NWS Coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.
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