UMF features American poet, chef and translator Christopher Bakken as next Visiting Writer, Feb. 22

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 8, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to host Christopher Bakken 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, Feb. 22, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center.

Christopher Bakken

Christopher Bakken

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

Christopher Bakken is the author of the culinary memoir, “Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table,” as well as three books of poetry, most recently “Eternity & Oranges.” He also co-translated “The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios.”

Bakken has served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bucharest and he is Frederick F. Seely Professor of English at Allegheny College.  Each summer, he serves as director of Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki & Thasos.

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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Photo Caption:  Christopher Bakken