Burke, Michael
Professor of English
Degrees
1984 MFA University of Massachusetts at Amherst; 1977 BA University of California at Berkeley
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing: Composition, Feature Writing, Journalism, Nonfiction

Michael Burke is the author of The Same River Twice (University of Arizona Press, 2006) and editor of Maine's Place in the Environmental Imagination (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009).  His nonfiction has appeared in many international, national, and regional publications.  He is a former whitewater river guide in the West with over 30 years of experience running whitewater and wilderness rivers, and he has taught at UMF since 1987.  He is currently President of the Part-Time Faculty Association in the University of Maine System.


Legler, Gretchen
Professor of Creative Writing
Degrees
1994 PhD University of Minnesota; 1991 MA University of Minnesota; 1984 BA Macalester College
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing: Composition, Creative Writing (Non-fiction-- including memoir, and the personal and lyric essay), Eco-Feminist Theory, Environmental Writing, Women's Studies

Gretchen Legler’s environmental nonfiction includes On The Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station Antarctica (Milkweed Editions, 2005) and All The Powerful Invisible Things: A Sportswoman’s Notebook (Seal Press, 1995). Her essays have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and journals including Orion, the Georgia Review, Gifts of the Wild, A Different Angle, Isle, Matter, and Brevity. Her scholarly work in eco-criticism has appeared in journals and anthologies including Eco-Man and the Polar Journal. She received a National Science Foundation Artist and Writers Program Fellowship to spend six months in Antarctica in 1998, and received a 2012 Fulbright Fellowship to the Kingdom of Bhutan.  Her writing has been awarded the Association for Literature and Environment environmental creative writing award. Her current work explores living in rural Maine, and the quest for Happiness. Writer’s Website: gretchenlegler.com  


McNair, Wesley
Professor Emeritus & Writer in Residence
Degrees
1968 MA Middlebury College; 1975 MLITT Middlebury College
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing: American Poetry and the American Literary Tradition, Creative Writing (Poetry and Memoir)

U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine has called Wesley McNair “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” The author of nine volumes of poems, including Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poems, he has held grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two NEA fellowships, and four honorary degrees for literary distinction. In 2006 he was selected for a United States Artists Fellowship of $50,000 as one of “America’s finest living artists.” Other honors include the Robert Frost Award, the Theodore Roethke Prize, an Emmy Award, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal. He was recently invited for the second time to read his poetry at the Library of Congress, and he has served four times on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. McNair's latest book, his eighteenth, is The Words I Chose, a memoir telling the story of how he became a poet. He is the Poet Laureate of Maine.


Minton, Nathaniel
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
Degrees
2009 MFA University of Iowa; 1997 BA Antioch University
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing: Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, Writing for the New Media

Nathaniel Teal Minton has worked in the film business for nearly twenty years as a screenwriter, camera operator, producer, and casting director. He has written screenplays for Paramount and Columbia and co-wrote The Plague, a 2006 film produced by horror writer Clive Barker. His works of fiction have appeared in McSweeney’s, Torpedo, Zyzzyva, and others.


O'Donnell, Patricia
Professor of English
Degrees
1986 MFA University of Massachusetts at Amherst; 1981 MA University of Northern Iowa; 1979 BA University of Northern Iowa
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing: Composition, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction Writing, The Short Story

Patricia O'Donnell directs the BFA Program in Creative Writing.  Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Agni Review, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Short Story, American Literary Review, and other journals and anthologies.  Her novel Necessary Places was published in 2012 by Cadent Publishing.


Roberts, Teresa Swartz
Lecturer III with Major Responsibilities as Coordinator of the Writing Center
Degrees
1983 BS Concord College; 1996 MA Journalism and Mass Communications, Marshall University, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing: Developmental Writing, Journalism

In her role as coordinator of Writing Support Services, Teresa Swartz Roberts teaches LIA 102 Intensive English, a four-credit developmental writing course. She spends her afternoons directing The Writing Center, a students-helping-students operation in the Franklin Hall Academic Success Center. She also handles, working with the UMF Testing Center, writing placement for the University of Maine at Farmington. Roberts chaired the task force that wrote the university’s Academic Integrity Code and continues The Writing Center’s commitment to academic integrity by administering the anti-plagiarism tutorial website Synthesis: Using the work of others.


Salerno, Carey
Executive Director, Alice James Books
Degrees
2006 MFA New England College; 2003 BA Western Michigan University
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing: Creative Writing-Poetry, Editing, Publishing

Carey Salerno is the Executive Director of Alice James Books, an independent publishing house specializing in poetry, based on the UMF campus.  She also teaches courses in writing poetry. 


Thomson, Jeffrey
Professor of Creative Writing
Degrees
1996 PhD University of Missouri; 1993 MA University of Missouri; 1989 BA Bradley University
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing: 20th Century American Poetry, Creative Writing (poetry and nonfiction), Environmental Literature

Jeffrey Thomson is the author of four books of poems, including Birdwatching in Wartime, winner of both the 2010 Maine Book Award and the 2011 ASLE Award in Environmental Creative Writing, and Renovation.  Birdwatching in Wartime is currently being translated into Spanish and RussianHis translations of the Roman poet, Catullus, are forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.  In 2012 he was the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen’s University Belfast.  His website is www.jeffreythomson.com.


Youngdahl, Shana
Assistant Professor of English
Degrees
2006 MFA Creative Writing: Poetry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; 2001 BA English, Mills College
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing: 20th Century American Poetry, Composition, Creative Writing-Poetry, Creative Writing: Flash and Hybrid Forms, Writing for Social Change

Shana Youngdahl's first full-length collection of poems, History, Advice and Other Half-Truths (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) was a finalist for the 2013 Maine Book Award. She is also the author of two chapbooks Winter/Window (Miel Books 2013), Of Nets (Gendun 2010) which recieved a grant for completion from the Iowa Arts Council and a nomination for the Pushcart Prize, and Donner: A Passing (2008). Her individual poems have been published widely in journals such as Third Coast, The Briar Cliff Review, and Shenandoah. Her short-short fiction appeared in the anthology Blink Again: Sudden Fiction from the Upper Midwest.