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Maine's Poet Laureate to Read at UMM on Oct. 27

Added on: September 29, 2011

MACHIAS, Maine – Wesley McNair, Poet Laureate of Maine, will give a reading at the University of Maine at Machias at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. The event will take place in the Portside room of Kimball Hall.

Wesley McNair, taken by Malcolm CochranMcNair is the author of eighteen books, including poetry, prose, and edited anthologies. His most recent collection of poems is Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems (2010).

He is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in literature, two National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships for creative writers, and in 2006 a United States Artists Fellowship of $50,000, 50 of which were awarded across the arts to a selection of “America’s finest living artists.” Other honors include the Devins Award for Poetry, the Jane Kenyon Award, the Robert Frost Award, the Theodore Roethke Prize, the Eunice Tietjens Prize from Poetry Magazine, an Emmy Award, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal.

McNair has read his poetry at the Library of Congress and a wide range of colleges and universities. Most recently he read at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in attendance.

His work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Annual, two editions of The Best American Poetry, and more than sixty anthologies and textbooks. He has served four times on the nominating committee for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

McNair is currently Professor Emeritus and Writer in Residence at the University of Maine at Farmington, where he directed the creative writing program and received the Distinguished Faculty Award and Libra Professorship. He has also served as a visiting professor in creative writing at Colby College.

The event at UMM is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Araby and Binnacle, two student literary organizations on campus. For more information, contact Gerard NeCastro at 255-1293.


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