Every year Jan Grieco puts on a reading series at Northern Maine Community College. She brings in writers to speak to her class and to share their own writing. Par of the curriculum of the class, a requirement, is to read in the library during April. Your own work. Which can be daunting at times for some young writer. But a great experience nonetheless. This year Jan invited Shonna Milliken Humphrey and Bruce Pratt.
Below are the photos of the 3 days of readings.
How do you top a stellar reader from the previous week? Invite sassy and quirky Melissa Crowe to spice up a poetry reading. The second reading of the series kicked off with five students reading their work, varying between fiction, non-fiction and poetry. After a brief introduction by instructor Jan Grieco, who had never met Crowe before the reading, Melissa enthusiastically engaged the crowd with humor, wit and tales of weird Uncles.
Crowe and the students then retired to Grieco’s classroom while to discuss the craft of writing. Melissa went through the steps in getting a poem published and engaged the students in conversation.
Next week Jen Blood will be making her first appearance at NMCC reading from her current hit novel All the Blue-Eyed Angels.
I didn’t get to go to UD this year, as I had other commitments (the writing series I just posted about). But, one of the things I’ve long loved about UMPI is that damn windmill. I love windmills (I am seriously going to plant one behind my house someday just so I can lay under it and stare at it). Fortunately, one night before class this spectacular sunset appeared and I hopped in my car so I could get a better view (and pictures).
It took me a few shots to get the shutter speed right, but the blur of the blades didn’t take away from the spectacular shots. Must love Maine sunsets!
It’s every writer’s dream to get published, see their words in print, make some money from their hard worked words, but part of that dream never includes reading in front of a crowd. Instructor Jan Grieco, however, makes is a part of her Creative Writing class each semester. “Writers need to share their work. It gives a writer confidence, a sense of being part of a bigger community, the understanding of the impact of writing,” says Grieco. Maine is lucky to have a wide range of talented writers, and Grieco has managed to entice many to her yearly reading series.
The reading series takes place on three consecutive Wednesdays, April 11, 18, and 25. The readings begin at noon and lasts about an hour. Students are first on the docket, reading the pieces that they have worked on over the course of the semester. For many it is the first time they have read in front of anyone, much less a crowd and published authors. The floor is then opened up to former students or anyone in the community that wants to share their own work, followed by the guest speaker, and this week’s reader was Morgan Callan Rogers. A native Mainer from Bath, she splits her time between Maine and South Dakota. Her debut novel Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea, which is available via Amazon and more can be learned about her via her website http://www.morgancallanrogers.com .
After the readings, each guest speaker follows the class to their classroom and fields questions about the craft of writing, their novel, and their journey and offers critiques of the student’s reading.
In the following weeks, Melissa Crowe, a poet will be featured on April 18. Crowe is currently a Professor at University of Maine at Presque Isle.
The final week plays host to Jen Blood, a multi-faceted writer whose debut novel All The Blue-Eyed Angels is available via Amazon.