Creative Writing Faculty News

Adrian Blevins
Adrian Blevins, poet. Author of Live from the Homesick Jamboree (Wesleyan University Press, 2009) and The Brass Girl Brouhaha (Ausable Press, 2003), which won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes (Bright Hill Press, 1996). She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Foundation Award for Poetry and the Lamar Yark Prize for Nonfiction. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, and other magazines.

Jennifer Finney Boylan
Jennifer Finney Boylan's has written six op-ed pieces for The New York Times since October of 2007; the most recent of which is "The XY Games."  Her memoir, I'm Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted (Doubleday/Broadway) will be published in paperback in October 2008.  She will be doing a limited book tour in October that includes readings at Binghamton NY, Provincetown, MA; Atlanta GA, and Madison WI.  

Jenny's next book will be the first volume in a new young adult series, Falcon Quinn (Bowen Books/HarperCollins).   New work is forthcoming in the anthologies Good Dad, Bad Dad, Love is a Four Letter Word and How Beautiful the Ordinary.

Jenny will be the focus of an upcoming documentary on the HISTORY CHANNEL in September.  She has recently been appointed to the judging committee of the Fulbright Scholarships, run by the International Institute of Education, administered by the United States Department of State.   For more information, go to

Michael Burke
Michael Burke's recent and forthcoming publications include two books.  He is the author of Granite & Pine: One Man's Maine, forthcoming from Commonwealth Press, and the editor of Maine's Place in the Environmental Imagination, a collection of papers on the topic of the recent ASLE conference held at the University of Maine-Farmington.  Other recent work include pieces in Down East and South Africa's The Cape Times.

Natalie Harris
Natalie Harris has recently published work in The North Dakota Quarterly, Eclipse, and Red Rock Review.

Peter Harris
Peter Harris has recently published poems in Epoch, Sewanee Review, Crab Orchard, and Seattle Review, among others. He is included in Maine Poets, edited by Wesley McNair and has published a chapbook, Blue Hallelujahs. Harris has a particular interest in Zen Buddhism in American poetry.

Debra Spark
Debra Spark's third novel, Good for the Jews, is the winner of the 2009 Michigan Literary Fiction Award. For more information, see