UMF Visiting Writers Series presents virtual reading by noted author Kerri Arsenault, Feb. 18

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 3, 2021)The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents nonfiction writer Kerri Arsenault as the popular program’s fourth reader of the season. Arsenault will read from her work in a remote live reading at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18. The reading will be followed by a remote question and answer talkback with the author. 

Award-winning nonfiction writer Kerri Arsenault

Award-winning nonfiction writer Kerri Arsenault 

Individuals interested in participating may attend by invitation only. To request an invitation to the virtual reading and talkback, please contact Amy Neswald at

Arsenault’s debut book “Mill Town” is part narrative nonfiction, part memoir, and part historical documentation that takes on the histories and repercussions of the paper mill industry in Mexico, Maine. It’s been noted as a Lit Hub favorite book of 2020, Chicago Tribune “Top 10 books of 2020” and is a New York Times Editor’s Choice, among others.

Arsenault holds a B.A. from Beloit College and an M.F.A. from the New School. She has served as a mentor for the PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing Program.

“Mill Town” is available for pre-order at Devaney, Doak, and Garret Booksellers and the UMF University Store.

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, 

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