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Saturday, April 30 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Writing/Teaching/Living: Four Perspectives on Making a Life with Poetry

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Faculty and a senior student from the University of Maine Farmington will read excerpts from their diverse works and discuss a variety of approaches to making a living (and a life) as a poet. Points of discussion will include the role of teaching, the workshop as pedagogical practice, the relationship of contemporary poetry to the academy, and the complexities involved in balancing the demands of art with the demands of paid work. This panel features writers at four different stages of their careers. The panel welcomes discussion with audience members working to fashion their own writing lives and will draw strength from the variety of experiences the panelists had prior to teaching as they were building their writing lives.

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Shana Youngdahl

Assistant Professor, University of Maine Farmington
Shana Youngdahl is the author of History, Advice and Other Half-Truths (Stephen F. Austin State University Press 2012) and three chapbooks, most recently Winter/Windows from Miel Books. She teaches first-year writing at the University of Maine Farmington.

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Jeffrey Thomson

Jeffrey Thomson is the author or editor of nine books across genres including fragile, amemoir, Birdwatching in Wartime, winner of both the 2010 Maine Book Award and the 2011 ASLE Award in Environmental Creative Writing. The Complete Poems of Catullus: an Annotated Translation, and... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970