Maine Writers Series: Poets Michael Brown and Valerie Lawson
Location: Book Arts Studio, Dorward Hall
MACHIAS, Maine – The Maine Writers Series at the University of Maine at Machias will host poets Michael Brown and Valerie Lawson for a reading at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13. Brown and Lawson are known for promoting the poetry slam, a competition in which authors read or recite original works. Brown has published four books of original poetry, and has performed, taught, and lectured in various venues from Stockholm to South Korea. Instrumental in bringing the poetry slam to New England, he created both the weekly series at the Cantab Lounge and the theatrical show Dr. Broan’s Traveling Poetry Show. Lawson’s poetry has been published in literary journals, anthologies, and on various poetry websites. Her first book, Dog Watch, from Ragged Sky Press, was released in 2007. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Lawson won awards for Best Narrative Poem and Spoken Word at the Cambridge Poetry Awards. In 2008 Lawson was invited as a Legacy Poet to the first Women of the World Poetry Slam in Detroit. Together, Brown and Lawson co-edit the poetry journal Off the Coast, and teach poetry workshops and classes at the Cobscook Community Learning Center and the Sunrise Senior College at UMM. The November 13 poetry reading will take place in UMM’s Book Arts Studio, located in Dorward Hall. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert Froese at 255-1334.