This Week in English | December 7-13, 2020

As we head into the last week of classes, three events—one today and two on Thursday—brighten the literary landscape. We look forward to seeing you at some or all of them! 

Bria Lamonica: The Art of Breathing, Today at 5:30pm

The Art of Breathing, a poetry reading by English Major and McGillicuddy Humanities Center Fellow Bria Lamonica, takes place this afternoon at 5:30pm via Zoom.

Lamonica is a fourth-year English major with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in psychology. As part of her MHC fellowship, she created this experimental collection of poetry, which deals with issues of oppression and the female body. The reading will mark the completion of her fellowship, as well as a celebration and appreciation for feminism and the ongoing work women are doing for equality. She selected four influential women from her academic and personal life to act as readers: Kathleen Ellis, lecturer in English; UMaine students Sarah Penney and Autumn Rogers; and Linette Hice, her mother. 

Fiction Workshop Reading on Thursday, December 10 at 2pm

This Thursday, December 10th, from 2pm-3:15pm, Hollie Adams’s intermediate fiction workshop will be open to the public for a live creative reading via Zoom. Eleven students will read excerpts from the fiction they’ve been working on over the course of the semester. English faculty, majors, and students in other creative writing classes are especially encouraged to attend.

Celebrate Emily Dickinson on Thursday, December 10 at 4:30pm

The UMaine community, led by Kathleen Ellis, will come together on Zoom to celebrate the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson on her birthday, December 10. If you would like to read a poem or letter by Dickinson as part of the program, please let Kathleen hear from you. Event details, including the Zoom link, can be found here.

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