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SINGER-SONGWRITER DAVID MALLETT COMES TO FORT KENT TO TALK AND SING TO UMFK STUDENTS

June 28, 2011

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Maine singer-songwriter David Mallett sang his songs and talked with students and others in the community about the stories behind those songs when he accepted an invitation from author and Allagash native, Cathie Pelletier, to participate in a writing workshop she is teaching at the University of Maine at Fort Kent this summer.

Mallet came to Fort Kent last week to speak with Pelletier’s Writing Workshop II class at Bee Jay’s Tavern on West Main Street. The class and approximately 75 community members sat in and sang along with Mallet as he sang songs from his four decades-long collection.

Mallet has recorded 14 albums and written songs for scores of musicians, including Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris. He is perhaps best known for writing the folk classic “Garden Song,” which has been recorded by many artists, including Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and John Denver.
 
Cathie Pelletier is the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s first Waneta Blake Visiting Professor of Writing. This summer she is teaching two, three-credit courses during UMFK’s 2011 summer sessions.
 
Ms. Pelletier currently is teaching Writing Workshop II during the first summer session. She also will conduct a three-credit workshop: Stories in the Community, during the second summer session, scheduled between July 5 and August 12.
 
In addition to Mallet, visitors to Pelletier’s classes this session have included Professor Ardis Cameron, who will discuss the life of Grace Metalious and her novel, Peyton Place; Canadian novelist Deborah Joy Corey; and Maine’s newest Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair.
 
Pelletier is a 1976 alumna of UMFK.