Events

Next Up | Claire Donato

The New Writing Series welcomes poet Claire Donato to the University of Maine campus for a reading on Thursday, October 5, 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 Jennifer Moxley and followed by a Q&A with the audience. Donato’s reading is part of Digital Humanities Week at the University of Maine. The poet will also be visiting Honors 180: A Cultural Odyssey as part of a longstanding collaboration between the NWS and the Honors College.

Claire Donato is the author of a full-length collection of poems, The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016), and a novella, Burial (Tarpaulin Sky, 2013), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. She has also published chapbooks with Cannibal Books and the Cultural Society. She received her MFA from Brown and currently teaches at Pratt, RISD, and Parsons. 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 Departmentand 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 Clement & Linda McGillicuddy 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 Student Accessibility Services, 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 207-581-3822 a few days in advance.

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Events

Next Up | Mary Jo Bang

Poet and translator Mary Jo Bang makes her first appearance in the New Writing Series on Thursday, November 8, at 7pm in Little Hall 120 on the flagship campus of the University of Maine system in Orono. This special evening event is co-sponsored by the Honors College as part of their “Cultural Odyssey” programming. It is free & open to the public.

Mary Jo Bang is the author of six books of poems, including The Bride of E (2009) and Elegy (2007), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, was published by Graywolf Press in 2012. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mary Jo Bang – photo by Mark Schäfer

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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).

Events

Next Up | P Inman & Cathy Eisenhower

Poets P Inman and Cathy Eisenhower will read in the New Writing Series on Thursday, October 11, at 4:30pm in the Arthur Hill Auditorium (Barrows Hall) on the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono. The event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited.

Per Se and Would with And (book covers)

Cathy Eisenhower lives and works as a librarian in Washington, DC, and is the author of Language of the Dog-heads (Phylum 2001), clearing without reversal (Edge 2008), and would with and (Roof 2009). She is co-translating the selected poems of Argentine poet Diana Bellessi and has co-curated the In Your Ear Reading Series for the past several years. Her work has recently appeared in The Recluse, Aufgabe, West Wind Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Fence.

P Inman was born in 1947 and grew up on Long Island. His publications include: Ocker (Tuumba Press, Berkeley); Red shift (Roof, New York); vel (O Books, Oakland); ad finitum (if p then q, Manchester, UK); and most recently, per se (Burning Deck, Providence). written, 1976-2012 is forthcoming from if p then q in 2013.

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The UMaine New Writing Series is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundationwith 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).

Event Reports

Event Report – Magdalena Zurawski & CA Conrad

Description
On January 30, 2009, fiction writer Magdalena Zurawski and poet CA Conrad read to an audience of about 35 people in Soderberg Auditorium for the second event of the Spring 2009 schedule. Steve Evans introduced the writers, who each read for about 25 minutes. Conrad read from The Book of Frank and Soma(tic) Midge. Zurawski read excerpts from her book The Bruise. Afterward, Zurawski and Conrad took questions from the audience.

Documentation
For more photographs, visit the NWS Flickr page here. An mp3 recording was made using an Audio-technical condenser Lo-Z AT835b microphone attached to a Marantz PMD660 Portable Solid State Recorder. The event was also recorded on digital video tape.

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Event Report – Richard Deming & Nancy Kuhl

EVENT REPORT On December 5, 2008, American poets Nancy Kuhl and Richard Deming read to an audience of about 50 people in Soderberg Auditorium for the seventh and final event of the Fall 2008 schedule. Steve Evans introduced the poets, who each read for about twenty minutes. Kuhl opened up the event and read from her book The Wife of the Left Hand, her chapbook The Nocturnal Factory, as well as from some new material. Deming followed and read from his manuscript “Day for Night,” and from his book Let’s Not Call it Consequence. Afterward, both Kuhl and Deming fielded questions from audience members.

Click images below to enlarge. For more images, visit the NWS flickr page.

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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.

Event Reports

Event Report – Rivera & Moxley

Poets Eléna Rivera and Jennifer Moxley read to a capacity audience in the Soderberg Auditorium on 20 March 2008. Both writers read from work in manuscript (set lists below). The event was recorded on digital videotape (vhs and dvd duplicates available soon), on lo-fi audio (8-bit wav) and hi-fi audio (thanks to Rebecca Griffin). Benjamin Costanzi’s recap of the event for the Maine Campus is online here. Continue reading

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Event Report – Joanne Kyger

More than a hundred people crowded into the Soderberg Auditorium to hear Joanne Kyger read from About Now: Collected Poems, published this fall by the National Poetry Foundation. Kyger read poems from every decade of her long career, beginning in the 1950s and ending in the present, and entertained questions from the audience. A full set-list is forthcoming. A digital-video recording was made of the event: VHS and DVD duplicates will be available in the UMaine English Department shortly.

You can read Benjamin Friedlander’s introduction here. And see other photos of Joanne Kyger on his Flickr page.

An excerpt from Kyger’s 2000 reading in the NWS can be heard here.

Photo Album

A gratifying number of copies of About Now sold, and two were given away after the reading. Here, people mill about the book table before the event
Milling around the book table at Joanne Kyger’s reading

The “cube” was at capacity by the time the poet took the podium
Capacity audience for Joanne Kyger’s reading

Kyger kindly signed copies of the new book for audience members
Poet Joanne Kyger signing her new book

The poet chats with one of the two students who won free copies of About Now (their names drawn from the hat of another legendary poet and editor, James Koller)
Joanne Kyger with student who won free copy of About Now