UMF hosts poet Kaveh Akbar as next author in Visiting Writers Series, Nov. 30

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 16, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to host poet Kaveh Akbar as the next reader in its notable Visiting Writers Series. Sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, the reading will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center.

The reading is free and open to the public, to be followed by a meet and greet with the author.

In addition to the reading, Akbar will also be leading a workshop Thursday, entitled Mining the Poetic from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at Alice James Books located on the UMF campus at 114 Prescott Street. There are limited seats available, please contact Alicia Hynes at to sign up.

Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar

Akbar’s poems will or have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Tin House, The Guardian, Ploughshares, FIELD, Georgia Review, PBS NewsHour, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Poetry Review, AGNI, New England Review, A Public Space, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry International, Best New Poets 2016, Guernica, Boston Review and elsewhere.

His debut full-length collection, “Calling a Wolf a Wolf,” is just out with Alice James in the U.S. and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, “Portrait of the Alcoholic,” was published by Sibling Rivalry Press.

The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.

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 on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry-publishing house.

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

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