Next Up | Fiction Writer Andrew Ervin

The New Writing Series welcomes fiction writer Andrew Ervin to the University of Maine for a reading on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading, which will be introduced by Gregory Howard, will be followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public.

Andrew Ervin is the author of Burning Down George Orwell’s House. Ervin grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and has lived in Budapest, Illinois, and Louisiana. He has a degree in philosophy and religion from Goucher College and completed his MFA in fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Southern Review, Fiction International, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, flutist Elivi Varga. This will be his first appearance in the New Writing Series.

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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 Ann Smith in 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 on which events may not be suitable for their children or students. Please 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.

Next Up | Fiction writer Sarah Gerard on October 8

NewWritingSeries_Fall2015_Profile_180x180The New Writing Series welcomes fiction writer Sarah Gerard to the University of Maine for a reading on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading, which will be introduced by Gregory Howard, will be followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public.

Sarah Gerard is the author of the novel Binary Star and the chapbook Things I Told My Mother. She has published in the New York Times, New York Magazine’s “The Cut,” the Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, Joyland, Music & Literature, the LA Review of Books, and other journals.

In a starred review of her debut novel, Publishers Weekly writes: “Gerard has produced a powerful, poetic, and widely relatable novel that eludes easy classification.” Jason Heller, writing for NPR, calls it “a hard, harrowing look into inner space.”

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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 Ann Smith in 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 on which events may not be suitable for their children or students. Please 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.

Next Up | Poet Lee Ann Roripaugh

NewWritingSeries_Fall2015_Profile_180x180The New Writing Series, in collaboration with the Honors College, welcomes poet Lee Ann Roripaugh to the University of Maine for a reading on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public, though seating is limited.

Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry: Dandarians (Milkweed, Editions, 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), and Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin, 1999). She was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series (selected by Ishmael Reed). She is currently a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she is Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review. Roripaugh currently serves as South Dakota Poet Laureate.

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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 Ann Smith in 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 on which events may not be suitable for their children or students. Please 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.

UMaine New Writing Series Fall 2015 Lineup

The New Writing Series brings innovative and adventurous contemporary writing to the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono 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.

The fall season features poetry, fiction, life writing, and a celebration of the literary arts at Black Mountain College. Lively Q&A sessions follow the readings, so please mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come join the conversation.

September 24
Stacy Szymaszek & Magdalena Zurawski

October 1
Lee Ann Roripaugh

October 8
Sarah Gerard

October 22
The Poetry of Black Mountain College: A Celebration

October 29
Andrew Ervin

December 10
Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

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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 Ann Smith in 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 on which events may not be suitable for their children or students. Please 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.

Up Next | Norma Cole on Thursday, April 16

The New Writing Series welcomes poet and translator Norma Cole to the University of Maine for a reading on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be introduced by Carla Billitteri and followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public.

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Norma Cole’s most recent books of poetry include Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008, Spinoza in Her Youth and Natural Light. TO BE AT MUSIC: Essays & Talks made its appearance in 2010 from Omnidawn Press. Her translations from the French include Danielle Collobert’s It Then, Collobert’s Journals, Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France (edited and translated by Cole), and Jean Daive’s A Woman with Several Lives.

Actualities, her collaboration with painter Marina Adams is forthcoming from Litmus Press. She has been a contributor to SFMOMA’s blog Open Space and also to the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet.

Cole has been the recipient of awards from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry, the Fund for Poetry, the Creative Work Fund and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.  Cole has taught at many schools, including the University of San Francisco, Saint Mary’s, Naropa University and San Francisco State, and was a Regents’ Lecturer at UC Berkeley. This is her first appearance in the New Writing Series.

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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 Ann Smith in 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 on which events may not be suitable for their children or students. 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.

Up Next | Fiction Writer Julia Elliott on April 9

The New Writing Series welcomes fiction writer Julia Elliott (F’08) back to the University of Maine for a reading on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be introduced by David Kress and followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public.

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Julia Elliott’s collection of stories, The Wilds, was published to wide acclaim in October 2014. Her novel The New and Improved Romie Futch will be published by Tin House Books in 2015.

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An event report for her April 2008 reading at UMaine can be found here.

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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 Ann Smith in 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 on which events may not be suitable for their children or students. 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.

Up Next | Poet Robert Adamson on Thursday, April 2

The New Writing Series, in collaboration with the Honors College, presents a reading by the Australian poet Robert Adamson on Thursday, April 2, at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public.

Robert Adamson is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, most recently The Goldfinches of Baghdad and Net Needle (both from Flood Editions).

American poet Michael Palmer (NWS S’05) says of Adamson: “Could it possibly be close to forty years ago when Bob Creeley and Robert Duncan first brought back the news about an extraordinary young Australian poet? I’ve avidly followed Bob Adamson’s work since those days, as he has probed the inner and outer landscapes of his environment with inspirited precision. ‘Praise life with broken words.’ Eye and ear, none better.”

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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 Ann Smith in 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 on which events may not be suitable for their children or students. 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.