FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents poet and non-fiction writer Jennifer Militello as the popular program’s final reader of the season. Militello will read from her work in a remote live reading at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15. The reading will be followed by a question and answer talkback with the author.

Audience may attend by invitation only. To request an invitation to the virtual reading, please contact Amy Neswald at

Militello’s ”Knock Wood: A Memoir in Essays” presents a woven tapestry of memory, dream, personal history, and family story. It was the 2019 winner of the Dzanc Books Nonfiction prize. Her other works include a forthcoming poetry collection “The Pact.” Her writing has been featured in “The Paris Review,” “Ploughshares,” and “Best American Poetry.” Militello’s work has earned multiple awards and honors including Barbara Bradley Award, the Yeats Poetry Prize and the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award.

Militello is a current faculty member in the New England College MFA program.

“Knock Wood: A Memoir in Essays” is available for pre-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.

As the only bachelor of fine arts in creative writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors.

Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Sandy River Review, a student-run literary magazine; Ripple Zine, a feminist magazine; The Farmington Flyer, a university newspaper; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.