New Writing Series at IMRC Center

The New Writing Series brings contemporary literature to life on the University of Maine’s flagship campus on selected Thursdays at 4:30pm. All events are held in the Allen and Sally Fernald Adaptive Presentation and Performance Environment in 104 Stewart Commons and are free & open to the public. Please mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come help us make it new!

October 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm | The Agony of Time: A Remembrance of Marie Uguay

Portrait of Marie Uguay











Forty years ago this fall—on October 26, 1981—the phenomenal Quebec poet Marie Uguay’s life and writing were cut short by bone cancer. She was twenty-six years old. Associated with Les intimistes (The Intimists), a group of Quebecois poets who emerged in the 1980s and 90s, Uguay left behind three remarkable volumes of poetry and a searing personal journal. Hers is a poetry of luminous image in which words become characters that speak the complexity of desire, the beauty of the material world, and the agony of time.

This bi-lingual (French and English) program will include film clips of Jean-Claude Labrecque’s documentary Marie Uguay, as well as readings from her poems and her personal journal.

Please join us for a remembrance of this remarkable poet.

Co-sponsored by the English Department, the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, and the Canadian-American Center.

The UMaine New Writing Series

The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the New Writing Series Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the Clement & Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC. Center, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the Fernald APPE space.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact the office of Student Accessibility Services, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The authors who appear in the NWS write for adult audiences and make use of a wide spectrum of language and subject matter. We are happy to advise parents and secondary school teachers about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. To learn more, please contact the series coordinator and English Department Chair, Steve Evans at or at 207-581-3822 a few days in advance.

For additional information about the Fall 2021 season of the New Writing Series, please visit the UMaine English Department website.

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