FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series is excited to present fiction writer Jensen Beach as the popular program’s third reader of the 2023-24 season. Beach will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing with the author.
Beach’s latest collection “Swallowed by the Cold” (Graywolf 2017) is a linked collection about fragmented grief, personal and political disasters, and the haunting honesty characters feel comfortable sharing with strangers, while approaching their loved ones with distance and coldness. It is a recipient of the 2017 Vermont Book Award
A Paris Review staff pick, reviewer Daniel Johnson states, ”Swallowed by the Cold empathizes with the way we get too caught up in our own messes to notice when our fellow man is, however figuratively, bleeding out alone on a beach.” Brandon Taylor of Electric Literature writes, “Jensen Beach moves deftly in and around all of his characters’ lives, often revealing with stark and startling clarity all the absurdity and beauty present in even the most mundane of daily rhythms.”
Beach’s work has appeared in A Public Space, the Paris Review, and The New Yorkeramong others. He is the fiction editor of the lauded literary journal Green Mountain Review and teaches in the Creative Writing B.F.A. program at Northern Vermont University at Johnson. He holds an M.F.A. from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. and B.A. in English from Stockholm University.
Swallowed by the Cold is available for pre-purchase at the UMF University Store and Devany, Doak, and Garret Booksellers.
The Visiting Writer Series is sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.