Connie Voisine is an associate professor of English at New Mexico State University, where she directs the creative writing program. She earned a BA in American studies from Yale University, then moved to New York City where she studied writing at the New School and the Writers Studio. She subsequently proceeded to complete an MFA from University of California at Irvine, and a Ph.D. from University of Utah. During this time, she worked at a variety of jobs--bartender, development researcher at the Brooklyn Museum, as well as facilitating poetry study and summer travel to Europe and Central America. Besides attending as many poetry readings as she could, she developed into an avid dance and music performance attendee, became interested in the visual arts, often going to five or six events a week.
The UMFK Presidential Lecture Series was launched to provide a platform for intellectual discourse among campus community participants, as part of UMFK's Strategic Plan for Excellence. The Series, which is aimed at fostering an environment of academic inquiry and excellence, brings to campus a variety of renowned scholars, speakers, authors, and poets.