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UMF Presents Talk by Beat Generation Scholar Gerald Nicosia, April 24

FARMINGTON, ME (April 19, 2013)—University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present a talk by Gerald Nicosia—acclaimed Jack Kerouac and Beat Generation scholar—entitled “Why Jack is Back.” The presentation, about how the Beats and Jack Kerouac have returned to change our lives again, is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, in Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble and Ricker Hall.

Jack Kerouac was an American novelist, writer and poet and perhaps the best known of a group of 1950s writers called the “Beat Generation.” Their work inspired the “Beat” culture of that era that questioned the materialism and prudery of the previous generation and celebrated non-conformity and spontaneous creativity. Most noteworthy of these writings was Kerouac’s “On the Road.”

Nicosia’s work has been closely associated with the Beat Movement beginning with the publication of his 1983 work “Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac.” He received a Distinguished Young Writer Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters for this book while it was still a work-in-progress.

A biographer, historian, playwright and novelist, Nicosia made a name for himself in the Chicago and San Francisco literary scenes as a post-Beat poet and organizer of marathon literary events. He was involved in several video and film projects including the documentary “West Coast: Beat and Beyond.” He also published “One and Only: the Untold Story of On the Road” and edited “Jan Kerouac: A life in Memory,” an anthology of first-person narratives that includes an interview by Kerouac’s daughter, Jan.

Nicosia spoke at the First International Beat Conference in the Netherlands in 2012.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Provost’s Office.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

 

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Media Contact: Richard Dale, UMF associate professor of special education, at 207-778-7176, or richard.dale1@maine.edu

UMF Theatre Group Presents Annual Student Directed One-Act Play Festival, April 25-28

FARMINGTON, ME (April 18, 2013)—University of Maine at Farmington presents its annual student-directed one-act play festival Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28, at the UMF Alumni Theater. The plays present a variety of comedy, drama and original work and feature student casts and crews from UMF Theatre classes and majors across campus:

“Laughter in the Shadow of Trees” by James Prideaux
Directed by Matthew Buckley–Gouldsboro
7:30 p.m., April 25; 2 p.m., April 28

“Storm Clouds of December” by Alicia Heymann
Directed by Nicholas Lorenzen–Ashby, Mass.
7:30 p.m., April 25 and 27

“Laundry and Bourbon” by James McClure
Directed by Amanda Bonnevie–Jay
7:30 p.m., April 25 and 27

“The American Century” by Murphy Guyer
Directed by Sarah Nadeau–New Portland
7:30 p.m., April 26 and 2 p.m., April 28

“Babel’s in Arms” by David Ives
Directed by Ahnna-Balai Beane–Anson
7:30 p.m., April 26 and 27

“’Dentity Crisis” by Christopher Durang
Directed by Richard Russell–Rumford
7:30 p.m. April 26 and 2 p.m., April 28

Performances are open to the public. Tickets prices are $7 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for seniors and are available at the time of the performance. Box office opens one hour before performance.

These productions are sponsored by Theatre UMF—the on campus theater organization— and the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

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Media Contact: Peter Simmel, UMF professor of theater, at 207-778-7461, or simmel@maine.edu

UMF Wilson Scholars Program Helps Students Grow as Professionals

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Left to right, front row: Max Eyes, Laura Cowie, Lindsey LaForge, Simone Thiry. Back row: John Harlow, Matthew Towle, Natasha Varney. (Not pictured: Taylor Fitzgerald, Jonathan Knight, Joseph Knight, Silas Lunetta, Alexandra Portela). UMF photo

FARMINGTON, ME (April 18, 2013)— University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows Program creates opportunities for undergraduate students to challenge themselves and grow as professionals.

Natasha Varney, UMF senior from Turner, is a good example of that. Her original Wilson Program research on global business strategy is slated for publication in a professional journal. In addition, it has been accepted by the International Conference on Business and Management for presentation to policy makers and professionals from around the world at its upcoming meeting in Izmir, Turkey.

Varney is one of 12 UMF students recently named spring 2013 Wilson Scholars by the UMF Undergraduate Research Council who will be presenting their work at the upcoming, University-wide Symposium. The competitive Wilson Program connects top UMF students with expert faculty mentors so students can conduct sophisticated, original research that will be valuable to their professional development.

“Undergraduate research helps students grow in confidence and learn to be scholarly, independent thinkers,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “The Wilson Program is one of the many research opportunities at UMF that puts an exclamation point on students’ education and helps prepare them for the professional world.”

The UMF Wilson Program names student awardees twice-a-year including single-semester scholars and year-long fellows. The  spring 2013 scholars include: Laura Cowie of Farmington; Max Eyes of Norwalk, Conn.; Taylor Fitzgerald of Belgrade; John Harlow of Athens; Jonathan Knight of Biddeford; Joseph Knight of Biddeford; Lindsey Laforge of Milford, N.H.; Silas Lunetta of Francestown, N.H.; Alexandra Portela of Windsor; Simone Thiry of Berkeley, Calif.; Matthew Towle of Brunswick; and Natasha Varney of Turner.

The Wilson Program provides funding to help underwrite student project expenses. Awards are funded by a generous gift from Michael and Susan Angelides, of Columbia, Conn., in honor of their good friend and UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson, class of 1976.

Spring 2013 Wilson Scholars:

Laura Cowie — Farmington
A senior majoring in creative writing and English, Cowie is working on a dual project with fellow student Max Eyes creating a mixed-media journal on their international experience in Cordoba, Argentina. Her faculty sponsors are Marisela Funes, assistant professor of Spanish, and Jeffrey Thompson, associate professor of creative writing.

Max Eyes — Norwalk, Conn.
A senior majoring in creative writing and Spanish, Eyes is working on a dual project with fellow student Laura Cowie creating a mixed-media journal on their international experience in Cordoba, Argentina. His faculty sponsors are Marisela Funes, assistant professor of Spanish, and Jeffrey Thompson, associate professor of creative writing.

Taylor Fitzgerald — Belgrade
A junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies a concentration in philosophy and religion, Fitzgerald is exploring the topic of Buddhism and the development of an eco-conscience. Her faculty sponsor is George Miller, assistant professor of philosophy.

John Harlow — Athens
A senior majoring in art, Harlow is conducting an historical investigation of the contemporary artistic context of the Farm Security Administration through artistic practice. His faculty sponsor is Kate Randall, associate professor of art.

Jonathan Knight — Biddeford
A senior majoring in art, Knight is researching the effect culture has on personal experience and memory while creating a short film. His faculty sponsor is Sarah Maline, associate professor of art.

Joseph Knight — Biddeford
A senior majoring in art, Knight is investigating nostalgia as a product of memory through a series of digital paintings. His faculty sponsor is Dawn Nye, associate professor of art.

Lindsey LaForge — Milford, N.H.
A junior majoring in rehabilitation services, LaForge is exploring special education teachers’ perceptions through the use of iPad applications and high-tech communication devices. Her faculty sponsor is Lance Neeper, assistant professor of special education.

Silas Lunetta — Francestown, N.H.
A senior majoring in special education, Lunetta is researching various conceptions of what it means to be human and our relationship with the world we experience. His faculty sponsor is Jonathan Cohen, professor of philosophy.

Alexandra Portela — Windsor
A senior majoring in art, Portela is creating a narrative multi-media installation space that is unique to each viewer. Her faculty sponsor is Dawn Nye, associate professor of art.

Simone Thiry — Berkeley, Calif.
A senior with a dual major in secondary education: mathematics and mathematics, Thiry is exploring whether teaching the FOIL method in lower level math courses can inhibit student’s success in higher education. Her faculty sponsor is Lori Koban, associate professor of mathematics.

Matthew Towle — Brunswick
A senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in philosophy and religion, Towle is investigating the ways in which the encounter with the other helps us understand an ethics of responsibility. His faculty sponsor is Carolyn Culbertson, visiting assistant professor of philosophy.

Natasha Varney — Turner
A senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in outdoor recreation business administration, Varney is exploring how the world’s most influential organizations impact global business strategy. Her faculty sponsor is Waleck Dalpour, professor of business.

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/04/RP123-054.jpg
Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption:  Left to right, front row: Max Eyes, Laura Cowie, Lindsey LaForge, Simone Thiry. Back row: John Harlow, Matthew Towle, Natasha Varney. (Not pictured: Taylor Fitzgerald, Jonathan Knight, Joseph Knight, Silas Lunetta, Alexandra Portela)

UMF Showcases the Creative Arts with 6th Annual Arts Night

FARMINGTON, ME (April 17, 2013)—From the innovative Emery Community Arts Center to the parking area behind the University’s psychology building, the University of Maine at Farmington is showcasing the creative arts throughout campus with its sixth annual arts night events.

This year’s “ARTS Night(S)” presentations are a prelude to and celebration of the UMF Michael D. Wilson Symposium—an annual, University-wide forum of scholarly and creative achievements. Arts night will present visual and performing arts events by UMF students and faculty at venues around campus over the course of three afternoons and evenings from Monday, April 29 to Wednesday, May 1.

Among the featured events this year will be the sixth annual Pixel Hunter Festival—a screening of the best student video and animation projects. Past entries from this time-based media exhibition have appeared at the Maine International Film Festival and the Portland Biennial.

Phil Carlsen, composer, conductor, musician and UMF professor of music, will jump start the next day’s events with his newly-composed piece for automobile orchestra. The “Car-Car Can-Can” will line up more than 24 cars for a “song-and-dance routine for automobile chorus line.” This is the fifth installment in Carlsen’s series of traffic jam sessions.

UMF ARTS Night(S) events include:

MONDAY, APRIL 29

4:30 p.m. The Splendid Drunken Twenties Salon
A 1920s-style salon celebrates what novelist Carl Van Vechten called “The Splendid Drunken Twenties” with readings of works by 1920s authors, music of the 1920s, and surrealist games.
Performance Space and surrounding area, Emery Community Arts Center

7 p.m. Pixel Hunter Video and Animation Festival
A screening of the best UMF student video and animation projects
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

TUESDAY, APRIL 30

4-9:30 p.m. Performances from SPVI Project 3 and THE 278 Commedia dell’arte classes:
Performance Space and surrounding area, Emery Community Arts Center

  • Faeries of Midsummer: Spectacle and Concept—A runway presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” faeries with costume and makeup designed by Patrick Rizzo, of Brockton, Mass.; and Jade Wells, of Pittsfield.
  • Fighting Students: Part 1—A choreographed comedic stage fight by Ahnna-Balai Beane, of Anson; Austin Hayes, of Gorham; and Cassidy Small, of North Monmouth.
  • Fighting Students: Part 2—A second choreographed stage fight with surprise elements.
  • The Audition: The Beginning of the End—An audition piece performed by Sarah Nadeau, of New Portland.
  • Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?—A performance by Matthew Buckley, of Gouldsboro, based on T.S. Eliot’s poem.
  • The Fall of the Empire—A performance of contemporary composer Frederic Rzewski’s, “The Fall of the Empire.” Percussion performance by David Carr and Gustavo Aguilar.

Alumni Theatre

  • Stations: Connections Through Solitude—Nathan Vallette, of Farmington, creates a participatory music performance.

5 p.m. “CAR-CAR CAN-CAN”
For the fifth year in an arts night celebration, the return of Phil Carlsen’s automobile orchestra
Parking lot behind UMF psychology building

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

1-2:30 p.m. Student Artists Talks on Senior Art Exhibit “Amalgamate”
UMF Art Gallery and Flex Space in the Emery Community Arts Center

4 p.m. Film and New Media
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

  • Phenom-anon—An installation of light, sound and photography by Brian Parise, of Rye, N.H.
  • Different—A short film by Richard Russell, of Rumford.
  • The Record—A short film adaptation by Kyle Morison, of Sidney, of a play dealing with suicide and depression as captured by the lens of video blogging.
  • Whispers—A sound installation by Kaitlinn Paquin, of Nobleboro.

5:30-6:30 p.m. Adult Education: The Power of Possibility
A service-learning collaboration among Franklin County Adult Education, Somerset County Jail, students enrolled in Professor Gaelyn Aguilar’s ANT 250S: Ethnography course, Professor John Messier and student researcher Marina Giovannini, of Columbia, Conn.
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

All “ARTS Night(S)” events are sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry and the Emery Community Arts Center. They are free and open to the public.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

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Media contact: Jayne Decker, Director of Emery Community Arts Center and UMF Instructor of Theater, 207-778-7319, or jdecker@maine.edu

UMF Concert Band Presents Spring Concert with International Flavor, April 19

FARMINGTON, ME (April 12, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington Concert Band, with flute soloist Emily Pettengill, presents its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, April 19, in Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall.

Conductor Anita Jerosch has put together a program with an international flavor, including Johann Strauss’s “Radetsky March” from Vienna, the stomping Irish rhythms of “Riverdance,” an excursion to Brazil for “Carnival in São Paulo,” and the French accents of “Les Misérables” and the “Concertino” for Flute and Band by Cécile Chaminade.

Pettengill is studying jazz performance and composition at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jazz and Contemporary Music Program.  Some of her original work can be heard on the university’s student composer’s album.

In the classical realm, she has enjoyed master classes with some of the world’s greatest performers, including Alexa Still, Gary Schocker, Trevor Wye, and Jeanne Baxtresser. In 2008, she participated with Sir James Galway and over 2,000 other flutists to break the Guinness World Record for “World’s Largest Flute Ensemble.” She recently started Kennebec Valley Flutist’s Fellowship (KVFF) that is currently preparing for a late spring flute-choir performance in Augusta.

Admission to the concert is $6, $5 for seniors and free for children and UMF students.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. For further information please contact Robin Palmer-Mosher at 207-778-7072.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Libra Prof. Sudip Mazumdar Featured on “207”

Visiting UMF Libra Professor Sudip Mazumdar—one of the most influential reporters in the Indian journalistic scene—is teaching and lecturing at University of Maine at Farmington this semester. Recently featured on “207,” a primetime news show on WCSH 6, Mazumdar rose from the slums of India to become an award-winning investigative journalist and special correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek in India. His work has included in-depth coverage of stories from the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the chemical disaster in Bhopal, India’s liberalization program, and terrorism to the global appeal of Bollywood. The Libra Professorship Program brings prominent faculty to UMaine campuses.

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University of Maine at Farmington Features Reading by Poet Amanda Nadelberg, April 17

Amanda NadelbergFARMINGTON, ME (April 10, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington and the Department of Humanities are pleased to welcome poet Amanda Nadelberg to read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, in room CR123 in the UMF Olsen Student Center. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Nadelberg is the author of “Bright Brave Phenomena” (Coffee House Press, 2012) “Isa the Truck Named Isadore” (Slope Editions, 2006) and a chapbook, “Building Castles in Spain, Getting Married” (The Song Cave, 2009.)

Of “Bright Brave Phenomena” Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Nadelberg’s touch is nimble without being precious, colorful without being tacky, and she confronts loneliness without dwelling, making her sorrow sting all the more with its deftness…”

A recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry and the Iowa Arts Council, she is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Originally from Boston, she lives in Oakland, California.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

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Media Contact: Shana Youngdahl, UMF lecturer, at 207-778-8024, or shana.youngdahl@maine.edu
EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/04/RP123-053.jpg
Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Art Students Top College Experience with Senior Exhibit, April 11-May 18

UMF Art Students

Left to right: Kim Fenner, Jon Knight, Becky Grzesik, Alex Portela, Ben Frost and John Harlow. Not pictured Joe Knight. (UMF photo)

FARMINGTON, ME (April 5, 2013)—In culmination of their senior year at University of Maine at Farmington, seven talented art students exhibit their senior capstone art projects in this year’s UMF Senior Exhibition, “Amalgamate.” This free and open-to-the-public mixed-media show will be on display from April 11-May 18 in the UMF Art Gallery and throughout the Emery Community Arts Center. Public reception is 5-8 p.m., Thursday, April 11.

The exhibit features the creative works of UMF students Kim Fenner, of Farmington; Ben Frost, of Farmington; Becky Grzesik, of Farmington; John Harlow, of Athens; Joe Knight, of Biddeford; Jon Knight, of Biddeford; and Alex Portela, of Windsor.

Over the past two semesters, the senior art students have engaged, through artistic practice, the complexities of creating work in a contemporary culture. This group uses a variety of mediums to immerse the audience into exploration of subject matters as diverse as rural poverty, nostalgia, cultural memory and crisis, the sacred space, the mundane, internal conflicts, existential angst, cinematography, fiction and fantasy.

A hybridization of opposing aesthetics and artistic disciplines combine to create a dynamic visual amalgamation. This unification allows the viewer to seamlessly enter real or fictional spaces, to explore the meaning of personal memories through cultural objects, or to identify the mundane moments of life within a painting influenced by the heroics of the graphic-novel. These visual hybrids are representative of the narratives seen, told, and acted out in everyday life and impresses a sense of intimacy on the viewer’s experience.

UMF’s 2013 Senior Art Exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, immediately behind the Admissions Office, and is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and by appointment. The Emery Community Arts Center is located on Academy Street between Merrill Hall and Alumni Theater, and is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More about Exhibit Space for the Arts on the UMF Campus

The UMF Art Gallery is a nonprofit professional art space dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its dedication to new art, the gallery reinforces the vision of the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of social and cultural change and artists as generators of community and cultural identity.

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, dynamic venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. Designed by designLAB architects of Boston to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

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Media Contact: Sarah Maline, UMF associate professor of art and director of UMF Art Gallery, 207-778-7321, or maline@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/04/RP123-052.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption:  Left to right: Kim Fenner, Jon Knight, Becky Grzesik, Alex Portela, Ben Frost and John Harlow. Not pictured Joe Knight.

UMF Holds Fourth Annual Longfellow Mountains Workshop for Talented High School Writers

longfellow_logoFARMINGTON, ME (April 2, 2013)—Longfellow Mountains, a University of Maine at Farmington workshop for young writers, will return for its fourth year Sunday, July 14 through Saturday, July 20, 2013, on the UMF campus. The only week-long young writers summer workshop in New England, Longfellow Mountains provides talented high school writers with the opportunity to work with expert UMF faculty and published authors as students immerse themselves in the writing world. The conference holds small supportive workshops in poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting and fiction taught by our distinguished BFA faculty.

Joining UMF’s award-winning creative writing faculty will be guest readers and lecturers from the dynamic local writing community, including:

      • Wesley McNair—Maine State Poet Laureate and UMF Writer in Residence
      • William Giraldi—Novelist and senior fiction editor for AGNI
      • Sarah Braunstein—Novelist and author of “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children”

Students will, as in the past, work with Alice James Books to publish a chapbook of student work, recreate in the beautiful Maine wild and reside in a campus residence hall under the guidance of campus staff and senior creative writing students at UMF. Cost of the weeklong program is $800, which includes tuition, room/board and fees.

Applications for Longfellow Mountains can be made through the UMF website at http://creativewriting.umf.maine.edu/longfellow/ .  A limited number of partial merit-based scholarships to the workshop are available. To be considered for a scholarship, a five-page writing sample must be submitted with a completed program application and be postmarked no later than April 15, 2013.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Shana Youngdahl co-director of Longfellow Mountains Young Writers Workshop, 207-778-8024, or shana.youngdahl@maine.edu.
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University of Maine at Farmington Features Reading by Maine Author Monica Wood, April 11

Monica WoodFARMINGTON, ME (March 28, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present Maine author Monica Wood as the next writer in the celebrated UMF Visiting Writers Series. The UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program sponsors Wood’s reading at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Wood’s work includes “Secret Language,” “My Only Story,” “Ernie’s Ark,” “Any Bitter Thing” and “When We Were the Kennedys.” She also writes books to help teachers and writers such as “Short Takes,” “12 Multicultural Novels: A Reading and Teaching Guide,” “Critical Reading Activities for the Works of S.E. Hinton,” “Description,” and “The Pocket Muse, Vols. 1 and 2.”

Her most recent book, “When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine” won the 2012 May Sarton Memoir Award and was runner-up for the 2012 New England Book Festival Award in autobiography. It was on Oprah’s Magazine summer-reading list, the IndieNext pick, Radio Boston summer pick, and New England Booksellers Association bestseller.

“Any Bitter Thing” was a top-ten finalist for Best Spiritual Book of the Year at beliefnet.com as well as the Top Ten Booksense pick and the American Booksellers Association bestseller.

Wood lives in Portland, Maine with her husband. She does most of her writing in a studio that he built for her in their backyard.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/03/RP123-050.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo