Next Up | Porochista Khakpour

The New Writing Series welcomes fiction writer Porochista Khakpour to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space (104 Stewart Commons). The reading, which is free & open to the public, will be introduced by Greg Howard and followed by an audience Q&A with the author.

Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. She is the author of the memoir Sick (HarperPerennial, forthcoming), as well as the novels The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014)—named a “best book of the year” by NPR, Kirkus, and BuzzFeed—and Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove, 2007), a California Book Award winner and New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Bookforum,the New York Times,the Los Angeles Times,Slate,Salon, Spin, Elle,and many others. She is a writer in residence at Bard College.

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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.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The authors who appear in the NWS write for adult audiences and make use of a wide spectrum of language and subject matter. We are happy to advise parents and secondary school teachers about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just contact Series coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207-581-1226.

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Next Up | Rob Halpern

The New Writing Series welcomes poet Rob Halpern to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space (104 Stewart Commons). The reading, which is free & open to the public, will be introduced by Carla Billitteri and followed by an audience Q&A with the author.

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Rob Halpern is the author of several books of poetry, including Common Place (Ugly Duckling, 2015), [——] Placeholder (Enitharmon), Music for Porn (Nightboat, 2013), Disaster Suites (Palm Press, 2009), and Rumored Place (Krupskaya, 2006). Together with Taylor Brady, he also co-authored the book-length poem Snow Sensitive Skin, which has been reissued by Displaced Press. Recent essays and translations appear in Chicago Review, Journal of Narrative Theory, and The Claudius App. Rob currently splits his time between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, where he is an associate professor of creative writing at Eastern Michigan University.

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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.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The authors who appear in the NWS write for adult audiences and make use of a wide spectrum of language and subject matter. We are happy to advise parents and secondary school teachers about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just contact Series coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207-581-1226.

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Spring 2017 New Writing Series Events

The New Writing Series brings contemporary literature to life on the University of Maine’s flagship campus on selected Thursdays at 4:30pm. All events are held in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE Space in 104 Stewart Commons and are free & open to the public. Please mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come help us make it new!

March 23
Poetry reading by ROB HALPERN

March 30
Fiction reading by POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR

April 6
Celebrating the legacy of Icelandic novelist HALLDÓR LAXNESS

April 13
Fiction reading by NOY HOLLAND

April 20
Poetry reading by MARK NOWAK

April 27
The Steve Grady Awards for Creative Writing

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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.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The authors who appear in the NWS write for adult audiences and make use of a wide spectrum of language and subject matter. We are happy to advise parents and secondary school teachers about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just contact Series coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818 a few days in advance.

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207-581-1226.

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