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Renowned Fiction Writer Meghan Gillis to Grace UMF Visiting Writers Series

Esteemed Author to Share Her Literary Brilliance in Farmington

The University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) is thrilled to host acclaimed fiction writer Meghan Gillis as the fourth reader of its esteemed Visiting Writers Series for the 2023/24 season. This highly anticipated event promises an immersive literary experience for book enthusiasts and aspiring writers alike.

The Event: An Evening of Literary Excellence

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Venue: The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center

Admission: Free and open to the public

About Meghan Gillis: A Rising Star in Contemporary Fiction

Meghan Gillis has taken the literary world by storm with her remarkable debut novel, “Lungfish” (Catapult 2022). This critically acclaimed work has garnered widespread recognition, securing itself as a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Fiction and a longlistee for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The New York Times Book Review has also bestowed upon it the distinction of an Editor’s Choice.

With an M.F.A. from the prestigious Bennington Writing Seminars, Gillis brings a wealth of literary expertise to the UMF campus. Her work has graced the pages of various esteemed literary journals, leaving an indelible mark on the contemporary literary landscape.

Program Details: An Immersive Literary Journey

The evening promises an enthralling literary experience, featuring a captivating reading by Meghan Gillis herself. She will share excerpts from her works, taking the audience on a journey through her imaginative landscapes and poignant storytelling. The event will culminate in a book signing session, providing an opportunity for attendees to engage with the author and obtain signed copies of her acclaimed novel, “Lungfish.”

For those eager to delve into Gillis’ literary world before the event, pre-purchase options are available at the UMF University Store and Devany, Doak, and Garret Booksellers in Farmington, ensuring that readers can fully immerse themselves in her captivating narrative.

Event Sponsor: Nurturing Creative Writing Excellence

The Visiting Writer Series is proudly sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, a beacon of literary excellence in Maine. This program is dedicated to fostering the talents of aspiring writers, providing them with the skills and guidance necessary to excel in the realm of creative writing.

UMF Creative Writing Program: A Haven for Literary Aspiration

The UMF Creative Writing Program stands as a beacon of literary excellence, offering the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree in Maine and one of only three in New England. This esteemed program offers an unparalleled opportunity for students to hone their writing skills under the tutelage of experienced and published authors, immersing themselves in a vibrant community of fellow writers.

Through intimate workshop-style classes, students receive personalized attention, allowing them to develop their strengths in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small class sizes foster a supportive and collaborative learning environment, where students can thrive and flourish.

Beyond the classroom, the program offers a wealth of opportunities for students to gain real-world experience and build their portfolios. Internships with on-campus publications such as The Sandy River Review, Ripple Zine, and The Farmington Flyer provide invaluable hands-on experience in the publishing industry.

Media Contact: For Further Inquiries

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Call to Action: Embark on a Literary Adventure

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to witness literary brilliance firsthand. Join us on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center, for an unforgettable evening with Meghan Gillis. Immerse yourself in her captivating storytelling and engage in thought-provoking discussions about the art of writing. Admission is free and open to the public. Mark your calendars and prepare for an inspiring literary experience.