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New Writing Series | Martin Riker

October 25, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Book cover of Martin Riker's novel, Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return

Martin Riker is the author, most recently, of the novel Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return (Coffee House, 2018). Riker grew up in central Pennsylvania. He worked as a musician for most of his twenties, worked in nonprofit literary publishing for most of his thirties, and has spent the first half of his forties teaching in the English department at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2010, he and his wife Danielle Dutton co-founded the feminist press Dorothy, a Publishing Project. His fiction and criticism have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, London Review of Books, the Baffler,and Conjunctions. He will be introduced by his long-time literary friend Gregory Howard. The event is free and open to all, though seating is limited. A question and answer session will follow the reading.


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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the New Writing Series Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the Clement & Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center, 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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October 25, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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