Local writers to air on community radio program

Posted May 31, 2011, at 5:33 p.m.

EAST ORLAND — Poet Bob Brooks of Stockton Springs, and fiction writer Jim Nichols of Warren, will read from their work and discuss writing on “Writers Forum,”  hosted by Joan Clemons of Belfast and airing 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 9, on community radio station WERU. The program may also be heard streaming live at  http://weru.org/.

Brooks graduated from Harvard and served in the United States Army as a translator before settling into a long-term job as editor at a computer systems company. After leaving the company in the late 1980s, he began writing poetry again. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Cafe Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, The Puckerbrush Review, as well as many others. Brooks’ first full-length collection, “Unguarded Crossing,” was published earlier this year. He also has published three chapbooks.

Nichols was born and raised in Freeport. He works on the planes that fly people, mail and freight to islands, such as Vinalhaven, Islesboro and Matinicus. His work has been published in Esquire, Narrative, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Portland Monthly and Night Train. Nichols is a past winner of the Willamette Fiction Prize, and was awarded an Independent Artists Fellowship by the Maine Arts Commission. His short story collection, “Slow Monkeys and Other Stories,” was published in 2003, and his novel “Hull Creek” is just out from Down East Books.

Writers who wish to appear on future “Writers Forum” programs should may the station at writersforum@weru.org.

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