UMF Visiting Writers Series presents award-winning graphic memoirist Tom Hart, Feb 2

FARMINGTON, ME  (January 17, 2023)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents award-winning graphic memoirist and sequential artist Tom Hart as the program’s fourth reader of the season. Hart will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing with the author.

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Hart’s breathtaking graphic memoir “Rosalie Lightening” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016) about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie, and the slow journey through grief as Hart and his wife try to make sense of their tragedy.

“Rosalie Lightening” was listed The Washington Post’s Best Graphic Novel of 2016 and one of Publishers Weekly’s 100 Best Books of 2016. The Kirkus Review calls the book, “A bracing, deeply saddening journey into death and loss whose wryly affirmative resolution, ‘joy breaking through the storm clouds,’ is nothing but hard won.”

Hart is an Eisner Award nominated comic artist and the recipient of a Xeric Foundation Grant. His work has been featured in the Metro Newspaper in New York and Boston and featured in Time Magazine. Hart is an educator and is Executive Director of the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida. Hart’s newest work includes “The RMP Guide to Graphic Literature” and “B. Is Dying.”

“Rosalie Lightening” is available for pre-purchase at the UMF University Store and at Devany, Doak, and Garret Booksellers.

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; or The Farmington Flyer, a university student newspaper.

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Media Contact: Amy Neswald, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-8024, or


Photo Caption: Tom Hart
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