UMF Visiting Writers Series Welcomes New York Times Bestselling Author Melissa Coleman, Nov. 14

FARMINGTON, ME (November 5, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program welcomes New York Times bestselling author Melissa Coleman as the next author in its celebrated Visiting Writers Series. Coleman will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

RP134-016An American author and columnist, Coleman was born in Brooksville, Maine to parents committed to the “back-to-the-land movement” of the sixties and seventies. Her book, “This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family’s Heartbreak,” uncovers the truth of a family tragedy that shaped her early years.

Described by New York Times critic Janet Maslin as having, “Intense readability . . . haunting power . . . as well as lush, vivid atmosphere that is alluring in its own right. . . ,” Coleman ‘s memoir was named a New York Times bestseller. It was also chosen as an Indie Next Pick for May 2011, People’s Pick in People Magazine, excerpted in O, The Oprah Magazine and named as a nonfiction finalist for the New England Book and Maine Literary Awards.

Her other works include her Bright-Minded Home blog and its companion column in Maine Home + Design magazine that offers “an investigation into the art of creating healthy, beautiful and energy efficient homes.” Coleman also organizes the Super Famous Writers Series at The Telling Room, a Portland writing center for children and young adults.

Coleman lives in Freeport with her husband and twin daughters.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house—both affiliated with UMF.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing, or 207-778-7454

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