The University of Maine at Farmington will continue its celebrated Visiting Writers Series with a reading featuring poets Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs.

Brown and Jacobs will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in The Landing in the Olsen Student Center, 111 South St. Sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, the series events are free and open to the public, according to a news release from UMF.

Nickole Brown Photo courtesy of UMF

Brown received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Vermont College, studied literature at Oxford University and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She worked at Sarabande Books for 10 years.

She’s the author of “Sister,” first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued in 2018. Her second book,” Fanny Says” (BOA Editions), won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. The audiobook of that collection became available in 2017.

She is the editor for the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program and the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina Asheville. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, North Carolina, where she periodically volunteers at three different animal sanctuaries. A chapbook called “To Those Who Were Our First Gods” won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and a long sequence called “The Donkey Elegies” will be published as a chapbook by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020.

Jessica Jacobs Photo courtesy of UMF

Jacobs is the author of “Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going,” a memoir-in-poems of love and marriage, and “Pelvis with Distance,” a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, winner of the New Mexico Book Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

Her poetry, essays and fiction have appeared in publications including Orion, New England Review, Guernica and The Missouri Review. An avid long-distance runner, she has worked as a rock-climbing instructor, bartender, and professor and now serves as Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal.

For more information, contact April Mulherin, UMF Associate Director for Media Relations, at 778-7081 or [email protected].

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