Upcoming Literary Arts Events

Public Invited to Creative Literary Arts Events at Emery Community Arts Center on UMF Campus

FARMINGTON, ME (October 25, 2012)—The innovative Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus presents three exciting literary arts events during the month of November. These events, featuring a performative reading, book launch and celebration of UMF faculty authors, are free and open-to-the-public. They will be held in the center’s multipurpose performance space.

Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
A Performative Reading of the “Sirens” Episode of “Ulysses”

This performative reading includes a large cast of faculty, students and community members. It presents several sequences in an experimental, simultaneous format and emphasizes the interplay of sounds including choral echoes in several of Bloom’s monologues. The reading is coordinated and organized by UMF faculty and staff including, Steven Pane, professor of music; Phil Carlsen; Jayne Decker, instructor of theater and Emery director; Michael Johnson, professor of English; and Daniel Gunn, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Reading and Reception for Bill Roorbach’s “Life Among Giants”
Roorbach will read from “Life Among Giants” that, according to Publisher’s Weeklyis,”. . .a soapy and THRILLING INDULGENCE, a tale of opulence, love triangles, and madness, set against a sumptuous landscape of lust and feasts….”. The book tells the story of David “Lizard” Hochmeyer, who lives across the pond from the High Side, a mansion the size of an embassy, home to world famous ballerina Sylphide and her even more famous English rocker husband, Dabney Stryker-Stewart. When Lizard’s parents are mysteriously killed, he and his brilliant but unstable sister, Kate, are left adrift and full of questions. Lizard’s path to answers is more than circuitous; it’s a journey laden with pro football stars, a master chef tattooed head to toe and a beautiful transvestite.  It’s a path that leads back, again and again, to the fabulous couple on the other side of the pond, particularly, the beautiful Sylphide.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4-6 p.m.
Celebration and Reception for UMF Faculty Authors for 2011 and 2012
The public is invited to meet the authors and celebrate the recently published original fiction and non-fiction of UMF faculty members from across academic disciplines. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will include light refreshments.
The authors and their work include:

Drew Barton, et al., “The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods” (UNE Press, 2012)
Kristen Case, “American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice” (Camden House, 2011)
Elizabeth Cooke and Jon Oplinger, “The Wicked Small People of Whiskey Bridge” (iUniverse, 2011)
Amy Fried and Jim Melcher, “Tea Party Talk—The Governors” (CreateSpace, 2012)
Bryce Moore, “Vodnik” (Tu, 2012)
Patricia O’Donnell, “Necessary Places” (Cadent, 2012)
Jennifer Reid, “Religion, Writing, and Colonial Resistance” (Davies Group, 2011)
Luann Yetter, “Portland’s Past: Stories From the City by the Sea” (History Press, 2011)
Shana Youngdahl, “History, Advice & Other Half-Truths” (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2012)

In addition, the “In the Realm of Folklore” exhibition will continue in the Emery Flex-Space Gallery through Nov. 16. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.