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ACCLAIMED POET, WESLEY McNAIR, TO SPEAK AT UMFK

March 31, 2008

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Nationally-acclaimed poet, Wesley McNair, will offer a slide show and talk for the public – “One Poet’s Life” -- on Thursday, April 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room on the campus of the University of Maine at Fort Kent. 

McNair has been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship; Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships; two, National Endowment for the Arts fellowships; and the Robert Frost Prize.  He has twice served on the nominating jury of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. 

McNair is the author of eight collections of poetry, including six full-length volumes and two limited editions.  He is the editor of four anthologies of contemporary Maine writing: The Quotable Moose: A Contemporary Maine Reader; The Maine Poets; Contemporary Maine Fiction (which won the 2006 Independent Publishers Award for the anthology category); and, A Place Called Maine (forthcoming from Down East Books, 2008).  

His recent collections of verse are Talking in the Dark, Fire, and current volume, The Ghosts of You and Me, published in 2006. A volume of new and selected poems is forthcoming. 

McNair is described as a “poet of place,” his writing focusing, often with humor, on the struggles of everyday New Englanders. 

Wesley McNair currently is Professor Emeritus and Writer in Residence at the University of Maine at Farmington, where he directed the creative writing program and received the Distinguished Faculty Award and the Libra Professorship. 

Following his presentation, Mr. McNair will read selected poems from his works, and sign books.