UMF brings award-winning fiction writer Lewis Robinson to campus as its first Visiting Writer of the semester, Sept. 17

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FARMINGTON, ME  (September 8, 2020)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents award-winning fiction writer Lewis Robinson as the popular program’s first reader of the season. Robinson will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 17, in the Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a meet and greet with the author.

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Robinson’s novel “Water Dogs” (Random House, 2009) was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and his collection of short stories “Officer Friendly and Other Stories” (HarperCollins, 2003), was the winner of a Whiting Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award. He is also the creator of the podcast TalkShop, writers in conversation with writers about the things writers care about. His work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, The Boston Globe, Tin House, and The Missouri Review, as well as NPR’s, Selected Shorts.

He holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. He currently teaches at the University of Maine at Farmington.

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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Media Contact: Amy Neswald, UMF professor of creative writing,


Photo Caption: Lewis Robinson
Photo Credit: Submitted Image

April Mulherin
UMF Associate Director for Media Relations
office: 207-778-7081
cell: 207-491-0064

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