Mary-Kim Arnold, author of “Litany for the Long Moment” reads for UMF Visiting Writers Series, March 14

FARMINGTON, ME  (March 8, 2019)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents award-winning poet, writer and visual artist Mary-Kim Arnold as the popular program’s next reader. Arnold will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019 in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a meet and greet with the author.

Mary-Kim Arnold
Mary-Kim Arnold

Arnold’s “Litany for the Long Moment” (Essay Press, 2018), an experimental memoir about her adoption from Korea at the age of two, has recently been honored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, featured in NPR’s Code Switch 2018 Book Guide, and named by Entropy Magazine as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2018. Her poetry collection, The Fish & The Dove, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2020.

She is the recipient of the 2018 MacColl Johnson Fellowship and the 2017 Fellowship in Fiction from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, for “Nine Men’s Misery,” her novel in progress. She serves on the Advisory Board forThe Rumpus,” where she edits the occasional column, Multitudes,” a partnership with VONA/Voices of Our Nation Arts. She co-chairs the Board of Directors for the feminist art collective, the Dirt Palace.

She holds a BA and MFA from Brown University, where she currently teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

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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