UMF presents Trifecta Book Launch in Emery Community Arts Center, May 17

FARMINGTON, ME  (May 12, 2022)—The University of Maine at Farmington celebrated BFA Program in Creative Writing presents a special Trifecta Book Launch featuring Kathryn Miles, Bill Roorbach, and Jeffrey Thomson on Tuesday, May 17,  2022, in the Emery Community Arts Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing with all three authors.

These three, award-winning writers work across the spectrum and will be launching three new books in nonfiction, fiction and poetry.

Kathryn Miles is an award-winning journalist and science writer. Miles is the author of five books: “Adventures with Ari,” “All Standing,” “Superstorm,” “Quakeland,” and her newest—”Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders.” She currently serves as a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council, a faculty member for several MFA programs, and as a private consultant available for emerging and established writers. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Saint Louis University and took both her Master of Arts and Doctorate in English from the University of Delaware. She lives in Portland, Maine.

Author Kathryn MilesKathryn Miles

Bill Roorbach is a novelist and essayist and has lived in Farmington much of the time for the past thirty years. His books include the bestselling “Life Among Giants” and Kirkus Prize finalist, “The Remedy for Love.” His newest novel is “Lucky Turtle,” just published by Algonquin Books. Once upon a time, he taught at UMF. His last academic position was the William H. P. Jenks Chair in American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

Author Bill RoorbachBill Roorbach

Jeffrey Thomson is a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor, and the author of ten books including “Half/Life: New and Selected Poems,” the memoir “fragile,” “The Belfast Notebooks,” “The Complete Poems of Catullus,” and the edited collection “From the Fishouse.” His newest book is “Museum of Objects Burned by the Souls in Purgatory.” He has been an NEA Fellow, the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University.  He is professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.

Author Jeffrey ThomsonJeffrey Thomson

This event 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.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or


Photo Caption: Kathryn Miles
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Photo Caption: Bill Roorbach
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Photo Caption:  Jeffrey Thomson
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