The New Writing Series presents a reading by the poet Alice Notley on Thursday, November 6, at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading, which is co-sponsored by the Honors College, will be followed by a Q&A and is free and open to the general public. Notley first read in the New Writing Series in November 2001; she returned for a brief residency in November 2004. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to hear one of the defining voices of contemporary American poetry as she returns to Orono for the first time in ten years.
Alice Notley has published over 25 books of poetry, including Culture of One (2011), Songs and Stories of the Ghouls (2011), Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005 (2006), awarded the Lenore Marhsall Poetry Prize; In the Pines (2007); Disobedience (2001), awarded the Griffin International Poetry Prize; Mysteries of a Small House (1998); The Descent of Alette (1996); and many more. With her sons Edmund and Anselm Berrigan, Notley edited The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (2011) and The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (2007). Notley has received the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
In February of 2012, Notley spoke with Michelle Naka Pierce, director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as part of her residency at Naropa University. Their conversation touches on Notley’s relationship to languages other than English (the French of the Paris where she now lives, the Spanish of her childhood in Needles).
Just a few weeks ago, Eileen Myles (NWS S’10, S’01) delivered a keynote talk on Notley’s work at the Alette in Oakland conference organized by the Bay Area Public School. The three-day symposium was crowd-funded through an Indiegogo campaign.
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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 Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Center, 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 APPE Black Box space. For more information contact Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.
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