The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session.
Sara Nicholson is the author of The Living Method (The Song Cave, 2014) and What the Lyric Is (The Song Cave, 2016). Joshua Edwards (NWS S’12 and F’16) introduced Nicholson’s work to readers of the Poetry Society of American’s “New American Poets” feature, which was active between 2003-2015. Graham Foust says of her most recent book: “Sara Nicholson’s aim is ‘true poems flee’ says Emily Dickinson. You see what I did there, but, more importantly, if you read the poems herein you’ll hear one of my favorite writers making extraordinary word-music. Hers is the lyric as unteachable moment. She sends and receives me.”
Sarah Green is the author of the chapbook Skeleton Evenings (Finishing Line, 2014) and the full-length collection Earth Science (421 Atlanta, 2016). Gail Mazur says of the latter: “With fluency and heart, the poems in Sarah Green’s Earth Science seem to say that beneath the surface of our common lives, our daily pleasures, nothing is stable, not family, nor the neighborhood, not the constellations, not even the sun a child was sure “stood still.” Love affairs, tragedy, even catastrophe, are simmering, most grippingly in the summer before the Boston Marathon bombing, when, in the poet’s lively Cambridge neighborhood: ‘The bombers were not bombers/yet, just brothers both younger than me, wrestling… / We were all very alive— / all of us and the brothers.’ I’m tremendously moved by the insight and appetite in this eloquent debut.”
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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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