About the NWS

Since it began in the fall of 1999, the UMaine New Writing Series has hosted more than two hundred literary readings at the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono.

Conceived as an instrument for investigating the whole spectrum of possibilities for contemporary work in poetry, prose, translation, and the new media, the NWS puts an emphasis on innovative, adventurous, and/or unduly neglected writing.

The NWS is cosponsored by the English Department of the University of Maine and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, Honors College, UMaine Humanities Center, and with grants from the UMaine Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee.

A list of all NWS events to date can be viewed here. We maintain a Facebook group, a Flickr page, and a YouTube channel. We also archive selected audio tracks on iTunes U.

If you have questions about the New Writing Series, please direct them to the Series Coordinator, Steve Evans, at 207-581-3818.