FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents award-winning film editor Joe Walker as the popular program’s concluding visiting artist for the academic year. Walker will discuss his work in a remote live reading at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23. The talk will be followed by a question and answer talkback with the artist.

Audience may attend by invitation only. To request an invitation to the virtual reading, please contact Amy Neswald at amy.neswald@maine.edu

Walker has been twice nominated for Oscar Awards for his work on “Twelve Years a Slave” and “Arrival” and has been nominated for three BAFTA awards as well. Most recently, he has completed work on “Dune,” with an expected release of Oct. 1, “Widows,” and “Blade Runner, 2049.” He has worked closely with award-winning directors Steve McQueen and Denis Villenueve.

Walker was trained as a classical composer and has a degree in music from York University, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2019.

The Visiting Writer Series is sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in 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 Sandy River Review, a student-run literary magazine; Ripple Zine, a feminist magazine; The Farmington Flyer, a university newspaper; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.