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Maine Writers Series to Host Poetry Reading on Oct. 11

Added on: September 27, 2011

Local poets Hildebrandt and Miles to read original works

MACHIAS, Maine – The Maine Writers Series at the University of Maine at Machias will host local poets Leonore Hildebrandt and Richard Miles for a poetry reading at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11. The event, titled “Handmade Poetry: A Reading and Reception,” will take place in UMM’s Book Arts Studio, located in Dorward Hall.

Leonore HildebrandtThe two will read from their original chapbooks, The Work at Hand by Hildebrandt and Child & Other Poems by Miles, that were recently printed on a Vandercook letterpress under the guidance of internationally known papermaker Bernie Vinzani. Vinzani teaches art at UMM and also directs the University’s Book Arts Studio and Art Galleries. The chapbooks were printed in a limited edition of one-hundred numbered copies.

Hildebrandt has poetry published in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Denver Quarterly, the Cimarron Review, the Poetry Salzburg Review, and the Quercus Review, among other journals. Her translations of Rilke’s Elegies appeared in Cerise Press. Her first book-length collection, The Next Unknown, is forthcoming in 2012 with Pecan Grove Press. A native of Germany, Hildebrandt teaches creative writing at the University of Maine. She lives in Harrington with novelist Robert Froese.

Richard MilesMiles’ poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, and the New Yorker. His collection of poems, Boat of Two Shores is available online at He holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Miles works as a stone mason and lives with the painter Susan Hammond in Harrington.

Both Miles and Hildebrandt are members of the Flat Bay Collective, a group of local artists who support one another’s work.

The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the ongoing Maine Writers Series at UMM, which features poetry, fiction, and non-fiction readings by Maine authors. For more information on the event, contact Bernie Vinzani at 255-1279.


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