Next Up | A Celebration of The Maine Review


Update: Due to illness on the part of several scheduled participants, this event has been postponed. Check this website for updates on the rescheduled event. We regret any inconvenience.

The New Writing Series kicks off its spring 2017 season with a celebration of The Maine Review, a biannual literary journal “committed to including work by Maine writers in each issue, alongside great writing from across the country and around the world.”

Join us on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 4:30 for a reading by five recent contributors to The Maine Review. Editor Margot Anne Kelley and publisher Robert T. Kelley will also be on hand to talk about the journal and its imprint Wrack Line Books. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Allen & Sally Fernald APPE Space in Stewart Commons 104.

Among the contributors to read will be:

Jan Bindas-Tenney is an essay writer and community organizer. She recently completed her MFA in nonfiction from the University of Arizona. She works as the Advocacy Director at Preble Street in Portland, Maine organizing for solutions to homelessness, hunger and poverty. Find more of her essays in Gulf Coast, Orion, CutBank, Guernica, Arts & Letters, Territory, Squalorly, Cactus Heart, Essay Daily and Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America from Ice Cube Press.

Ellen Cooney is a novelist and short story writer, whose most recent novel, The Mountaintop School for Dogs came out in 2014. Having taught widely in the Boston area, she now lives full-time in Maine and kindly serves as the consulting editor for THE MAINE REVIEW, working with some of our fiction writers.

Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals and several chapbooks, most recently the pocket-sized edition One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest. His stories have been honored by the Maine Literary Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and Glimmer Train, among others. Douglas is currently a Guest Editor for the forty-second installment of the Pushcart Prize Anthology. His story “Butterscotch” was written as part of a fellowship with the Hewnoaks Artists Colony in Lovell, Maine.

Susie O’Keeffe is a Research Associate at the College of the Atlantic. She writes from her home at the headwaters of the Sheepscot River. Her work has appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Phylogeny and Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture.

Anne Riesenberg writes and practices acupuncture in Portland, Maine. Winner of the 2016 Blue Mesa Review nonfiction contest, her work has also appeared in The Maine Review, The Blueshift Journal, Solstice Literary Magazine and Naugatuck River Review. She received her MFA from Lesley University and is a founding board member of Hewnoaks Artist Colony in western Maine.


The New Writing Series brings contemporary literature to life on the flagship campus of the University of Maine. Our events are always free and open to the public, so please mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come join the conversation!

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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 New Writing Series 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 Fernald APPE space.

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