Thursday October 2nd, 5pm MUB 2
David Blair 's first book Ascension Days was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize, and his poems have appeared in Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Slate Magazine, and many other places as well. This fall, he is teaching Forms & Techniques of Poetry for the writing program at UNH. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his family.
Thursday October 23rd, MUB 1
Sponsored by the Frederick Hyde Hibberd '88 Fund
Katy Butler, a National Magazine Award finalist and winner of the “Science in Society” prize from the National Association of Science Writers, has written about neuroscience, medicine, Buddhism, and human behavior for the New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Mother Jones, The L.A. Times, MORE, and The Washington Post. Her new book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: the Path to a Better Way of Death, was named “One of the Ten Best Memoirs of 2013” and “A Big Book for Fall 2013” by Publishers Weekly, which gave it a starred review.
Thursday November 20th, MUB 1
A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, Thomas McNeely has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and various anthologies. Ghost Horse, his first novel, is being published as the winner of the Gival Press Novel Award.
Thursday February 12th, MUB 1
Nicholson Baker is the author of ten novels and four works of nonfiction, including The Mezzanine, Vox, Double Fold, Human Smoke, and The Anthologist. He has received a National Book Critics Circle award, a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, and the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The New York Review of Books. A new novel, Traveling Sprinkler, was published in 2013. He lives with his family in Maine.
Thursday March 5th, MUB 1
Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her eleventh book of poetry is Break the Glass (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). Her new book, Shirt in Heaven, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in 2015. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965–2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. The recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, Valentine has taught at Sarah Lawrence, New York University, and Columbia. She lives in New York City.
Thursday April 16th, 5pm MUB 1
Jaed Coffin is the author of the memoir A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants, which chronicles the summer he spent as a Buddhist monk in his mother's village in Thailand. His forthcoming nonfiction book, Roughhouse Friday, is about the year he won the middleweight title of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska. Coffin is on the nonfiction faculty of the Stonecoast MFA, and has served as the William Sloane Fellow in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Wilson Fellow at Deerfield Academy, and as a resident fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. A former contributing editor at Maine Magazine, Coffin's articles and essays have appeared in The Sun, Nautilus, Jezebel, Down East, and Yankee Magazine. He currently lives in his hometown of Brunswick, Maine, with his wife and two daughters.
The UNH Writers Series is made possible through the support of the MacArthur/Simic and Edmund G. Miller Funds.