Award-winning poet Oliver de la Paz will be next reader in UMF Visiting Writers Series

FARMINGTON, ME  (Febuary 20, 2019)— The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents award-winning poet, Oliver de la Paz, as the popular program’s next reader. De la Paz will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019 in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a meet and greet with the author.

De la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry: “Names Above Houses,” “Furious Lullaby,” “Requiem for the Orchard” winner of the Akron Prize for poetry, “Post Subject: A Fable” and “The Boy in the Labyrinth. He also co-edited “A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry.”

Oliver de la Paz
Oliver de la Paz

A founding member, Oliver serves as the co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board. A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award and a GAP Grant from Artist Trust, his work has been published in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Southern Review and Poetry Northwest. He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low-Residency MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.

The Visiting Writer Series is sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors.

Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Sandy River Review, a student-run literary magazine; Ripple Zine, a feminist magazine; The Farmington Flyer, a university newspaper; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

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