Up Next | Poet Bill Berkson on Thursday, April 23

The New Writing Series welcomes poet and art critic Bill Berkson (NWS F’01, F’09) back to the University of Maine for a reading on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be introduced by NWS coordinator Steve Evans and followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public.

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“A serene master of the syntactical sleight, transforming the mundane into the marvelous.”—Publishers Weekly

Wide-ranging and experimental, Expect Delays confronts past and present with rare equilibrium, eyeballing mortality while appreciating the richness and surprise, as well as the inevitable griefs, inherent in the time allowed.

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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.

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Next Up | Joanna Howard

Fiction writer Joanna Howard, author On the Winding Stair and Foreign Correspondent, makes her first appearance in the New Writing Series on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Howard will read from her work in the Bodwell Lounge of the Collins Center for the Arts on the flagship campus of the University of Maine system in Orono. The event starts at 4:30pm and is free & open to the public, though seating is limited. UMaine Creative Writing Faculty member Gregory Howard will introduce and host the event.

Joanna Howard is the author of On the Winding Stair (Boa editions, 2009), Foreign Correspondent (forthcoming in 2013 from Counterpath), and a chapbooknd In the Colorless Round, with artwork by Rikki Ducornet (Noemi Press).

Her work has appeared in Conjunctions, Chicago Review, Verse, Unsaid, Quarterly West, American Letters & Commentary, Fourteen Hills, Western Humanities Review, Salt Hill, Tarpaulin Sky and elsewhere.  Her stories have been anthologized in PP/FF: An Anthology, Writing Online, and New Standards: The First Decade of Fiction at Fourteen Hills. 

She has also co-translated, with Brian Evenson, Walls by Marcel Cohen (Black Square, 2009) and co-translated with Nick Bredie Cows by Frédéric Boyer (forthcoming from Noemi Press).

She lives in Providence and teaches at Brown University.

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The UMaine New Writing Series is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Lloyd H. Elliott fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the Pulp & Paper Foundation for the use of the Soderberg Center. For more information contact Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

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).

Tom Pickard – Strung Out on Hangingshaw (Video Clip)

A clip from Tom Pickard’s October 8, 2008, reading in the UMaine New Writing Series. A higher-resolution version of the clip can be viewed on the National Poetry Foundation’s YouTube channel.

NPF Conference on Poetry of the 1970s

Program cover for The Poetry of the 1970s Conference

Conference by day, festival by night, featuring poetry readings, panels, art exhibitions, books.

Featured poets include Bruce Andrews, Rae Armantrout, Nicole Brossard, Clark Coolidge, Jayne Cortez, Ann Lauterbach, Bernadette Mayer, Tom Raworth, and Fred Wah.

For much more information, visit the NPF website.

Upper Limit Music – Poetry on the Radio

Upper Limit Music is a new poetry radio show hosted by Steve Evans on WMEB (91.9FM in Orono & environs, and on the web here). On Thursday afternoons from 1-3pm the show will explore the sonic landscape of modern and contemporary poetry, mixing live recordings (many from past New Writing Series events) with studio and archival tracks, hosting local and visiting poets when possible, and perhaps even playing a song or two. Playlists for the first two shows can be found here and here. For more poetry audio on the web, check out PennSound and these other fine sites. Update The show is now on hiatus.

Upper Limit Music Playlist