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UMA Plunkett Literary Festival & Undergraduate English Conference

April 21, 2017


UMA English Conference

Klahr Center Classroom

10:00 am

Opening remarks by Professor Emerita Jill Rubinson


10:15 -11:15

Klahr Center Classroom

Panel #1: Senior Seminar

Charlotte MacDonald

Courtney Koller

Tiffany Honeycutt



Klahr Center Classroom

Panel #2: Women, Art, and Literature

Molly MacGregor. “Feminism in Sculpture: An Exploration of Artist Kiki Smith”

Rachel King. “Illustrating Skim

Elizabeth McKenney. “Marjery Kempe: Mysticism from a Cynic’s Perspective”

Amy Jones. “Writing on the Sidelines:The Purpose of an Author in Her Own Novel”




Klahr Center Atrium & Classroom


1:00 pm Keynote Address:

Klahr Center

Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine Poet Laureate: “Getting Started: Writing and Creative Process”


We also invite you to peruse the work of this year’s graphic storytelling class on the first floor of the Randall Center.



Klahr Center Classroom

Panel#3: Creative Writing

Toby Woodard. “Little Rocks”

Elizabeth McKenney. “Another Year”

Lukin Manetti. “The Oak and the Sparrow”



Klahr Center Classroom

Panel#4: Tinker, Tutor, Writer, Spy: A Peer Tutor Roundtable Discussion

Charlotte MacDonald

Kim Carter

Rebekah Spencer

Rachel King

Amy Jones




Randall Student Center first floor — near Mac Lab

Graphic Storytelling: An exhibit of student work from this semester’s Wham! Bang! Pow! class with artist Q&A




Randall Student Center 218

Workshop on teaching and writing poetry with Stuart Kestenbaum

(Reservations required)


5:00 – 6:15

Randall Student Center Fireplace Lounge

Maine Poets Talk about Climate Change

Gary Lawless

Dennis Camire

Kathleen Ellis

Cathleen Miller

Lisa Botshon, moderator



Community Dinner

Randall Student Center Fireplace Lounge


15th Annual Terry Plunkett Poetry Festival

Evening program:  Jewett Auditorium  7:30 – 9:00


Seating music provided by UMA’s “Wilkinson & the Deluxes”


Welcome:  Ellen M. Taylor, Professor of English


Opening Remarks: UMA President James Conneely


Winners of Maine high school and University of Maine System contests, introduced by Jan Bunford


High School Contest

First place: Charlie Van West, Maine Coast Waldorf High School. “A Bipolar Artist Kicking Lithium”

Second place: Avery Bakewell, Maine Coast Waldorf High School. “Starving”


University of Maine System Contest

First place: Zoe Fitzgerald, University of Maine at Augusta. “On the Edge”

Second place: Alondra S. Candelario, University of Maine at Machias. “Our Boulevard”

Third place: Samuel Hemenway, University of Maine at Machias. “Cleft”


Naomi Shihab Nye, introduced by Ellen M Taylor

Reading and Q&A

Book signing


Please join us for a reception in the Danforth Gallery following the evening program

Music by “Wilkinson & the Deluxes”


This program was made possible with funding from the University of Maine at Augusta’s Provost’s office, Cultural Events Committee, Diversity, College of Arts and Sciences, Augusta Student Programming Fund, and Maine Humanities Council.

This year we are combining forces with the annual Plunkett Festival to offer a packed day of literary delights, which will include a variety of excellent student work, readings by Maine poets, teaching workshops, and a reading by the incomparable poet Naomi Shihab Nye.  All events are free and open to the public. Invite your friends & family!

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