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2014 Summer Residency – Readings Open to the Public

University of Southern Maine



*This schedule is subject to change depending on residency needs.*




7:30 p.m. Welcome Remarks and Faculty Introductions

Justin Tussing, Interim Director

The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern – Robinson Room


7:45 p.m. Flash Faculty Readings

Faculty Flash Readings I: Faculty members will share three minutes of their work.

Rick Bass, Sarah Braunstien, Martin Espada, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Holder, Elizabeth Searle

The Inn at Brunswick Station – Robinson Room

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Stonecoast Reading Series: Stonecoast Stories

This month’s Stonecoast Reading Series event will feature an evening of words and music, with fiction faculty member Sarah Braunstein and fiction alum and musician Dave Patterson

Wednesday, June 26th – Stonecoast Stories 

7:00pm at Local Sprouts 649 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Sarah Braunstein

Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, winner of the Maine Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Agni, Ploughshares, The Sun, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She has been a member of the Stonecoast MFA faculty since 2011.

High Spirits 1

Dave Patterson is a writer and musician from Portland, Maine.  He attended the Bread Loaf School of English and is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program in Creative Writing.  His fiction has appeared in The Onion River Review.  He also writes music, including the concept album, How We Hunger, and plays with his wife Anna under the name The High Spirits. 

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Stonecoast Reading Series: A Feast of Stonecoast Poetry for National Poetry Month

This month’s Stonecoast Reading Series event will feature poet and Stonecoast alum Richard Cambridge, who will read from his work as well as the work of fellow Stonecoast writers and other favorite poets.

Wednesday, April 24th – A Feast of Stonecoast Poetry for National Poetry Month 

7:00pm at Local Sprouts 649 Congress Street, Portland, ME.

Richard Cambridge

Richard Cambridge

Richard Cambridge’s work has appeared in The Paterson Literary Review, Nantucket JournalAsheville Poetry Review, and other publications.  He is the author of a collection of poetry, Pulsa— A Book of Books (Hanover Press), of which Robert Pinsky wrote, “Full of heart, sincere ambition and a genuine devotion to the mysteries of language,” and The Cigarette Papers— A Memoir of Addiction (Fern Hill Records), from which he developed a one-man play that opened at The Institute of Contemporary Art, and was hailed by the Boston Globe as “A tour de force.”

Cambridge is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize. He was a finalist for a residency at the Fine Arts Work Shop in Provincetown, MA, and he won the Masters Slam at the 1997 National Poetry Slam. In 2011 he graduated from the University of Southern Maine with an MFA in creative writing (Fiction) and completed his first novel, RIDE, based on a hitchhiking journey.  He is currently at work on a new novel titled 1970, an alternate history centered on his experiences with the Black Panthers, featuring a cast of supporting activists who successfully bring revolution to America.  He is a Fellow Emeritus at the Black Earth Institute, a think tank that encourages awareness of the arts as a means of promoting a progressive, inclusively spiritual and environmentally aware society.

The Stonecoast Reading Series was created in 2013 in celebration of the program’s 10th Anniversary and as a way to give something back to the inspiring, creative people of Portland, Maine. The reading series occurs on a bi-monthly basis and features the talents of our students, alumni, and faculty. 

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Stonecoast MFA Community Reading at AWP

We’ve got an amazing reading in store for you at AWP this year. If you’re in Boston on Thursday, March 7 you are invited to join us at the Boston Public Library for the Stonecoast MFA Community Reading. Bring a friend, share this invite, and make it a night to remember. We’ll see you there!

Stonecoast MFA Community Reading at AWP
6:00-8:00 pm

Jeanne Marie Beaumont, faculty
Jaed Coffin, faculty
Anthony D’Aries, alumnus
Aaron Hamburger, faculty
Lexa Hillyer, alumna
Sandra McDonald, alumna
Thomas McDonald, alumnus
Suzanne Strempek Shea, faculty
Sholeh Wolpe, faculty
Lady Zen, student

Introduction-Erin Underwood; Closing Remarks-Annie Finch

BPL Reading.pptx

Download the PDF for the Stonecoast Community Reader for the BPL Reading here.

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Stonecoast Reading Series Kickoff and Celebration of Black History Month with Performance By Lady Zen

Lady Zen, photo by Helen Peppe

Lady Zen, photo by Helen Peppe

by Ashley Johnson

University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program will kick off its Stonecoast Reading Series on February 27 in celebration of Black History Month and the MFA Program’s Tenth Anniversary. The event will feature the music and poetry of Stonecoast student and local performer, Lady Zen.

“Black History Month highlights a tradition of creative expression,” says Stonecoast’s Associate Director, Robin Talbot. “One of Stonecoast’s fundamental values is to foster culturally diverse writers who have a clear understanding of the role writers play in social activism. We honor those writers who have contributed to these values.”

One of these writers is Stonecoast student and social activist, Lady Zen. Born in Brazil and adopted by American parents, Lady Zen began a journey in creative expression as a vocal child prodigy. She won numerous awards, including a J. William Fulbright Scholarship for Opera Performance. In 2007, Lady Zen moved to Portland, ME and experienced a renewed sense of creativity. She shifted her focus to poetry and began working with Portland’s music scene. In 2010 she released a five-track EP titled “Poverty to Poetry.” Lady Zen was also named a Maine Poet of the Month in 2012 and was a semi-finalist on the 2012 season of the X-Factor.

The Stonecoast Reading Series will occur on a bi-monthly basis beginning in February and will feature students, faculty and alumni from the program. Future events will include a celebration of National Poetry Month on April 24 with a reading given by Stonecoast Director Annie Finch, “Stonecoast stories” on June 26 featuring faculty member Sarah Braunstein, author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, “Writing Nature: An Evening of Creative Nonfiction” on August 28, and “Goths and Demons: A Halloween Spookfest” featuring popular fiction writers on October 23. Stonecoast’s Director Annie Finch said of the Reading Series, “Stonecoast MFA has long wanted to start a reading series in order to give something back to this inspiring, creative community. Our tenth anniversary is the perfect time to launch, and Robin Talbot has developed a fabulous, must-see kickoff event.”

The Stonecoast Reading Series kickoff event will take place at 7:00pm, Wednesday, February 27 at Local Sprouts on 649 Congress St. in Portland.

For further announcements and a schedule of upcoming events in the Stonecoast Reading Series visit the Stonecoast MFA website at

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Accepting Alumni Flash Reading Submissions

As part of the 2012 Stonecoast Alumni Reunion, the alumni have been invited to showcase four recently published alumni at a Stonecoast Residency flash reading with guest faculty member Jeff VanderMeer.  The reading is Thursday, July 12, 2012.*

The readings must have been published in 2011 or 2012 and must be limited to 5-7 minutes.  If you are planning to read from a longer piece, please highlight the text that you plan to read. The Alumni Flash Reading committee will be reading submissions until May 1st.

~ 5 Minute Flash ~

Please indicate the following on the top of your submission:

  • Name
  • Residency/Year of graduation
  • Genre
  • Title(s)
  • Year/Month/Place of Publication (no self-publication/vanity presses/personal blogs, please)

Please attach as a .doc or .rtf and indicate SUBMISSION/NAME/TITLE in the subject line. Send all submissions to before May 1st, 2012.

We’re looking forward to reading work from all of our distinguished alumni!

All the best,
The Stonecoast Alumni Reading Committee

*Please note that the July Stonecoast Residency Schedule is still being constructed and is therefore subject to change. If the timing or the date changes, we will notify you immediately.

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Alumni Event: Portland, ME

Photo: Emily Parkhurst / The Forecaster

If you want to have a great evening of comedy and music, come to SPACE Gallery this Saturday. Mike Langworthy W’11, his co-author, and cast are doing a staged reading of the pilot of “Club 86,” a comedy/variety radio pilot partially developed in Mike Kimball’s dialogue intensive at Stonecoast.

Remember that time you passed up a chance to see the Beatles in Hamburg, or Springsteen in a Jersey bar, or Prince in a Minneapolis battle of the bands, or Tupac or Biggie, and how you hated yourself for it later? Please. Not for me, but for your own self-esteem, don’t let it happen again.

See you on Saturday!

SPACE Gallery
538 Congress St.
Portland, ME
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.

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Reading in Cape Elizabeth with Alumna Jane DiMillo ’05

Local writers
The Local Buzz Coffee
House/Wine Bar

~John-Michael Albert, Poetry ~
~Jane DiMillo ’05, NonFiction~
~Morgan Callan Rogers, Fiction ~

Saturday, January 28, 2012
4:00 – 5:00 PM

The Local Buzz
327 Ocean House Road
(at Pond Cove IGA Shopping Center)
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Come hear local area writers reading from their work, while enjoying custom blended teas and coffees or a glass of wine, and delicious locally sourced food. More information at


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