Bernie Vinzani

Professor of Art and Book Arts


Director of Art Galleries
B.S., M.F.A., Indiana State University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1279
Location: Dorward B1

Areas of Expertise

Bernie Vinzani has a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Indiana State University. He was a papermaker at Twinrocker Paper, and since the early 1980’s he has made paper and book editions in his shop in Whiting, Maine.  He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in such venues as The VI International Print Biennial, Cracow Poland; Das Papier, Duren, Germany; Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela; ARC Gallery, Chicago; the Maine Center for Contemporary Art.

His work has been featured in such publications as Hand Papermaking, The Book of Fine Paper, American Craft Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Art New England. He has taught papermaking at Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina; Haystack School, Maine; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado; The Southwest Craft Center, Texas; the University of Alabama MFA program in book arts; and the Paper and Book Intensive. His work is in numerous corporate and private collections.

He teaches foundation courses in the arts, the book arts, and paper making at the University of Maine at Machias where he directs the Art Galleries, the book arts studio, and the gallery for the book.

Students in his courses learn many aspects of the art of the book through traditional as well as experimental media exploration using print, paper, and electronic technologies.

Professor Vinzani’s Personal Website

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Eugene C. Nichols

Professor of Music


M.M., and M.M., Northern Illinois University
B.M., State University of New York at Potsdam

Contact Information

Telephone: 255-1229
Location: POW 201

Marcus LiBrizzi

Professor of English


B.A., Bard College at Simon’s Rock
M.A., University of Maine
Ph.D., McGill University

Contact Information

Telephone: 255-1230
Location: Sennett 241

Tessa Mellas

Assistant Professor of English


Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.F.A., Bowling Green State University
B.A., St. Lawrence University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1338
Location: Sennett 237

Areas of Expertise

Magical Realism, the Fantastic, the Female Grotesque, Eco-Fabulism, Eco-Criticism, the Lyric Essay, Feminism, African American Literature, LGBT Literature, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Rhetoric and Composition, Literacy.

Tessa teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at UMM. She has recently taught literature courses on Feminist Fabulists, African American Authors, and Neil Gaiman. Her debut story collection Lungs Full of Noise won the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was published by the University of Iowa Press. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as StoryQuarterly, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crazyhorse, and The Pinch, and in various anthologies.

She has presented at the Associated Writers and Writers Programs (AWP) Conference the last three years on eco-fabulism, publishing and promoting story collections, flash fiction, and multi-modality in the creative writing classroom.

Tessa is working on an apocalyptic novella-in-flash about beasts in Canada who are hunted down to solve food scarcity problems. These lyrical and fantastical flash pieces blend fiction and poetry. She is co-editing an anthology on eco-fabulism with fiction writer Alexander Lumans.

She curates the Maine Writers Series and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee. She enjoys figure skating, gardening, hiking, swimming, and vegan cooking. She has composting worms in her office. Bring your banana peels to class for the worms!

Part-Time Instructors

Arthur Hill

Associate Professor of Theatre

Jude Valentine

Assistant Professor of Art

Leslie Bowman

Assistant Professor of Art

Audra Christie

Assistant Professor of Art

Duane Ingalls

Instructor of Music

Barbara Lapham

Instructor of Music

Alan Kryszak

Instructor of Music & Film

Christine Guy

Instructor of Music

Alan Cook

Instructor of Music

Kessie Smith-Marengo

Instructor of Dance