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UMF Visiting Writer Series headlines New York Times bestselling author Michael Paterniti, Nov 10

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FARMINGTON, ME (October 26, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s distinguished BFA in Creative Writing program is bringing to campus New York Times bestselling author Michael Paterniti as the next reader in its celebrated Visiting Writers Series. Paterniti will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The event will be followed by a book signing by the author.

Paterniti is the author of New York Times bestselling books, “The Telling Room” and “Driving Mr. Albert.” His essay collection, “Love and Other Ways of Dying” was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award. His writing has been described as “humane, devastating and beautiful” by Elizabeth Gilbert; “spellbinding” by Anthony Doerr and “expansive and joyful” by George Saunders.

He is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and a correspondent at GQ. His writing has appeared in various outlets, including The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper’s, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Esquire and the radio show “This American Life.”

Paterniti’s honors include a NEA grant, fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, and a National Magazine Award, for which he’s been a nine-time finalist.

He is the co-founder of a children’s storytelling center in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife and three children.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UMF Department of Humanities.

More Information on the UMF 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 Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or

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Photo Caption: Michael Paterniti