Thursday, September 14, 2017
210 Hamilton Smith Hall
Mira Ptacin is the author of Poor Your Soul, which was named one of the Best Books of the Year by Kirkus books, and won Mira the 2017 Maine Literary Award in memoir. Her forthcoming book, The In-Betweens, will be published by W.W. Norton/Liveright. Mira's work has appeared in Tin House, Guernica, New York Magazine, Lenny Letter, VICE, and more. She lives on Peaks Island, just off the coast of Portland, Maine.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
210 Hamilton Smith Hall
Alice McDermott’s eighth novel, The Ninth Hour, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in September. Her seventh novel, Someone, 2013, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and long-listed for the National Book Award. Three of her previous novels, After This, At Weddings and Wakes and That Night, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998. It was also a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award. That Night was a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her stories, essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harpers and elsewhere. She has received the Whiting Writers Award, the Carington Award for Literary Excellence, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for American Literature. In 2013, she was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. She received her MA in English/Writing from the University of New Hampshire in 1978. https://us.macmillan.com/author/alicemcdermott/
Thursday, November 16, 2017
210 Hamilton Smith Hall
Said Not Said, Fred Marchant’s new collection of poetry, was published by Graywolf Press in May 2017, with Jorge Diaz in Booklist describing it as a "sublime and subtle collection." Marchant is also the author of The Looking House and Full Moon Boat, both published by Graywolf Press. House on Water, House in Air, a new and selected collection was published by Dedalus Press in Dublin, Ireland, and his first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Word Works Washington Prize in poetry. It was recently reissued, with an introduction by Nick Flynn, in a twentieth anniversary second edition. Marchant is also the co-translator (with Nguyen Ba Chung) of From a Corner of My Yard, by Tran Dang Khoa, and Con Dau Prison Songs by Vo Que, both published in Hanoi. His recent work has appeared in AGNI, Barrow Street, Harvard Review, Field, Ocean State Review, Plume, and Solstice, among others. Editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (Graywolf Press, 2008), he is also an Emeritus Professor of English and the Founding Director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston. He continues to teach in a wide variety of workshop settings across the country, ranging from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA to the Veteran Writing Group in the Bay Area. He was the 2009 co-winner (with Afaa Michael Weaver) of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets whose “work is an inspiration to other poets.” https://fredmarchant.com/
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Anthony D'Aries is the author of The Language of Men: A Memoir (Hudson Whitman Press, 2012), which received the PEN/New England Discovery Prize and Foreword's Memoir-of-the-Year Award. His essays have appeared in Boston magazine, Solstice, The Good Men Project, Shelf Awareness, The Literary Review, and have been finalists for Fourth Genre's Michael Steinberg Essay Prize and the Diana Wood's Memorial Creative Nonfiction Award. In 2011, Anthony was selected as Randolph College's Emerging Writer-in-Residence. He has served on the board of PEN/New England as a member of the Freedom-to-Write Committee, leading writing workshops in prisons, shelters, hospitals, and residential care facilities, and co-chairing the inaugural PEN Writing and Trauma Conference. Anthony received the 2014-15 Writers' Room of Boston's fellowship in nonfiction. In 2016, he was selected as the Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Fort Lyon writer in residence, where he taught writing workshops for homeless veterans. He currently directs the low-residency MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University. http://www.anthonydaries.com/
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. https://emiliaphillips.com/
Thursday April 12, 2018
Sarah Braunstein's fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Agni, Ploughshares, The Sun, The Harvard Review, The Cincinnati Review, and on NPR's All Things Considered. She is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, winner of the Maine Book Award for Fiction and a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. She teaches writing at Colby College and is based in Portland, Maine, where she is at work on a collection of stories and a second novel. http://www.sarahbraunstein.com/
The UNH Writers Series is made possible through the support of the MacArthur/Simic and Edmund G. Miller Funds and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Family Charitable Foundation.