Authors read at UMF on Monday

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FARMINGTON – Farmington area resident Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, co-editor of new anthology, Contemporary American Women: our defining passages, will host a reading at the University of Maine at Farmington on Monday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in The Landing at the Olsen Student Center.

This unique Maine-published collection includes over 50 articles by more than 35 diverse American women who revisit, celebrate, and share defining moments in their lives. These are poignant passages of women, told by talented and award winning writers—intimate glimpses into the lives of our sisters, friends, aunts, mentors, wives, grandmothers, partners, mothers, daughters—ourselves.

Early praise for Contemporary American Women: our defining passages includes: “Even though this collection is about contemporary ‘American’ women, the stories are universal. As I read each one, I can see myself in them.’” — Supriya Bhatnagar, Director of Publications, Association of Writers & Writing Programs; editor of The Writer’s Chronicle

Readings from work by and/or contributors scheduled to appear include:

Sarah Bartlett, licensed owner of Women Writing for (a) Change, Burlington, Vermont. Poems have appeared in Shemom, Woman’s Voice, many WWf(a)C anthologies, on radio, and at readings. During her career in health education and social services, professional articles and chapters appeared in numerous trade journals and books. She writes for Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity.

Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow is Chicago’s first female television General Manager (WYCC-TV/PBS) and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Wright College in Chicago. An author, public speaker and award-winning educator and broadcaster, her nonfiction stories and essays have been published in the international Jerusalem Post, magazines, journals, online, and numerous anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul (Simon & Schuster). 


Margaret Kramar’s creative nonfiction has appeared in Exceptional Parent, The Grinnell Online Magazine and newspapers. MA in journalism, she teaches at the University of Kansas where she is pursuing a doctorate. Winner of the first Helen Keller Foundation memoir competition, her essay is anthologized in Reading Lips and Other Ways to Overcome a Disability (Apprentice House).


Faye E. Robinson’s work has appeared in The King’s Daughter, an online newsletter, and WOW! (Women of the Word), a print and online magazine, and in How to Write for Magazines: Consumers, Trade, and Web (Allyn & Bacon). She lives in Sicklerville, New Jersey and is a member of the American Library Association.

Co-editor Cynthia Brackett-Vincent has published/edited the Aurorean poetry journal since 1995 (which has published over 1,000 nationally recognized and newer poets worldwide). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet, over 100 of Cynthia’s poems plus nonfiction and photography have appeared in the U.S. and abroad in such places as YankeeMagazine.com. She is creator of greetings/northeast— greeting cards that feature her photographs of rural Maine.

The event, sponsored by UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, is free and open to the public. Copies will be available for purchase (and are presently available at Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers, Farmington). Light refreshments.

FMI: Brackett-Vincent@encirclepub.com or 778-0467.

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