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Lisa Robertson

January 30, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Toronto-born poet and essayist Lisa Robertson returns to the New Writing Series for her first visit since February 2003. She is the author of many books of poetry, including Debbie: An Epic, The Weather, The Men, Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip, R’s Boat, and Cinema of the Present. Her most recent book is also her debut novel, The Baudelaire Fractal, described by the publisher as “part memoir, part magical realism, part hilarious trash-talking take on contemporary art and the poet’s life” and reviewed by Jennifer Krasinski in the current issue of Bookforum.

Robertson will read from her work at 4:30pm on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in the Allen & Sally Fernald APPE Space (Stewart Commons 104) on the University of Maine campus. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A with the writer.


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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the Center for Poetry and Poetics (formerly the National Poetry Foundation), with support from the Eaton Family New Writing Series Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the Fernald APPE space.

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January 30, 2020
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Steve Evans
Ben Friedlander