Dariel Suarez Courtesy Catalina Piedrahita

FARMINGTON —  The University of Maine at Farmington’s Visiting Writers Series will present fiction writer Dariel Suarez as the program’s fifth reader of the season.

Suarez will read from his work in a remote live reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18. The reading will be followed by a question-and-answer talkback with the author.

The audience can attend by invitation only. To request an invitation to the virtual reading, email Amy Neswald at amy.neswald@maine.edu.

Suarez’s debut story collection, “A Kind of Solitude,” takes place in Cuba after the fall of the Soviet Union. It was awarded the 2017 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, the 2019 International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories, and a MassBook “Must Read” Book Award.

His novel, “The Playwright’s House” is forthcoming from Red Hen Press this summer.

Suarez earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University and is the education director at Grub Street, a creative writing center at the heart of Boston’s literary scene.

“A Kind of Solitude” is available to order at Devany, Doak, and Garret Booksellers and the UMF University Bookstore.

The Visiting Writer Series is sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.