Events, fiction reading, poetry readings

Next Up | Contemporary Writers Celebrate Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness

The New Writing Series celebrates the legacy of Halldór Laxness with a group reading by contemporary writers Eileen Miles, Justin Taylor, Andrew Ervin, and Gregory Howard, who will read work that is inspired by or in dialogue with the Icelandic Nobel Laureate’s books. The event, which is part of the “Saga and Story” symposium sponsored by the UMaine Humanities Center, takes place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space (104 Stewart Commons). It is free & open to the public and will be followed by an audience Q&A with the authors.

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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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Events, fiction reading

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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Events, poetry readings

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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Events

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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Next Up | A Celebration of The Maine Review

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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.

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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!

On Facebook? Consider joining the NWS group here.

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 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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Events, fiction reading

Next Up | Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

The New Writing Series welcomes fiction writer Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, December 1, 2016 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 Gregory Howard and followed by an audience Q&A with the author.

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi is the author of Fra Keeler and Call Me Zebra (forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February 2018). She is the winner of a 2015 Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Fiction to Catalonia, Spain. Her work has appeared in The Paris ReviewGuernica, BOMB, and the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, among other places. She has lived in Iran, Spain, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and currently teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame.

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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!

On Facebook? Consider joining the NWS group here.

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 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.

Events, fiction reading, poetry readings

Next Up | Kristen Case & Tessa Mellas

The New Writing Series welcomes poet Kristen Case, Associate Professor of English at UM Farmington, and fiction writer Tessa Mellas, Assistant Professor of English at UM Machias, to the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono for a reading on Thursday, November 10, 2016 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 followed by an audience Q&A with the authors.

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Kristen Case is the author of the critical study American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (Camden House, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Chelsea, The Brooklyn Review, Pleiades, Saint Ann’s Review, The Iowa Review, Wave Composition, and Eleven Eleven. Her chapbook, Temple, was published by MIEL Books in 2014. She is the editor of The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies and co-editor of Thoreau at Two-Hundred: Essays and Reassessments, just out from Cambridge University Press. She has published several articles on Thoreau, and has also written on Pound, Frost, Stevens, and others. She lives in Temple, Maine and teaches American literature at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Tessa Mellas won the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award judged by Julie Orringer. Her debut story collection Lungs Full of Noise was published by the University of Iowa Press in October 2013. She holds a BA from St. Lawrence University, an MFA from Bowling Green State University, and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She was a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University for spring 2014 and now teaches at the University of Maine at Machias.

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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!

On Facebook? Consider joining the NWS group here.

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 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.