The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Presidential Lecture Series committee have announced the three individuals who are the winners for the UMFK-sponsored bi- annual writing contest conducted this fall.
Katie Levesque, from Fort Kent, was selected as the contest winner. Edwin Gray James, formerly from Raleigh, North Carolina, now living in St. David, and Jessica Fongemie, a UMFK alumna from Soldier Pond, are second and third place winners, respectively.
Levesque, James, and Fongemie were chosen from among the many students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members who submitted entries of prose or poetry, within a 600 word-limit. Currently enrolled in the English program at UMFK, Levesque’s entry is entitled A Sled Ride Memory. James, a retired teamster, who now is working as an educational technician in Madawaska, submitted a poem, Winter’s Approach. Fongemie (´96) titled her short story entry, A Box of Lettuce.
The panel of jurists for the annual writing contest included: Dorothy Hopkins, retired UMFK writing specialist; Dr. Doris Metz, associate professor of curriculum and instruction and Lise Pelletier, director of UMFK’s Acadian Archives Acadiennes. Before the entries were sent to the judges, all identifying information about the authors was removed. After reading all of the entries and giving each careful consideration, the judges selected the winners.
The winning essays will become part of the 2012-2013 Presidential Lecture Series Potato Chips Chapbook. The book will be released at the UMFK Scholars’ Symposium, to be held on Friday, May 3, 2013.
The campus community and general public should stay tuned for the spring 2013 Presidential Lecture Series speaker, poet Connie Voisine, who will appear on the UMFK campus on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room. Another writing contest also will soon be announced.
The Presidential Lecture Series at UMFK provides a platform for intellectual discourse among campus community participants, as part of UMFK’s Strategic Plan for Excellence. The Series, which will foster an environment of academic inquiry and excellence, continues to bring to campus a variety of renowned scholars, speakers, authors, and poets.