FARMINGTON, Maine — Andrew M. Barton, University of Maine at Farmington professor of biology, researcher and Maine author, recently was named a 2013 Maine Literary Award winner by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.
Barton’s 2012 work “The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods,” in collaboration with Alan S. White and Charles V. Cogbill, was awarded the John N. Cole Award for Maine-Themed Nonfiction. A detailed but accessible introduction to the forests of Maine, the book assesses key ecological forces and explores how and why Maine forests differ across the state.
According to the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, 110 books were entered into the 2013 competition in 11 categories. In addition, 60 manuscripts were submitted into the award’s Short Works Competition and more than 50 Maine students submitted work to the Youth Competition.
A long-time faculty member at UMF, Barton teaches biology with an emphasis on forest ecology, conservation and environmental science. In addition to his role as a faculty member and researcher, he also serves as faculty coordinator for the University’s Sustainable Campus Coalition — a collaborative group of campus and community members that promotes environmental sustainability.
The 2013 Maine Literary Awards competition was supported by Down East magazine, the John N. Cole family, Just Write Books, Longfellow Books, Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative, Maine Poets Society, North40Creative and the University of Southern Maine Bookstore.