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Lee Hope Betsy Sholl Reading
Join Engine on July 22, at 7pm for readings by novelist Lee Hope, author of Horsefever (New Rivers Press, 2016) and Betsy Sholl, former Maine Poet Laureate and author most recently of Otherwise Unknown. A Q&A with the authors will follow the readings.
Lee HopeHorsefever_Cover2.indd is editor-in- chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Her fiction has received grants from both the Maine and the Pennsylvania Arts Commissions. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary journals, such as: Witness, The North American Review, Epiphany, and Sou’wester. Her short story “What To Take In Case of Fire,” received an honorable mention in American Fiction, Vol. 13, winner of the 2015 Midwest Book Awards in the anthology category. Founder and former director of a low-residency MFA program in Maine, Lee also helped to found Pine Manor College’s low-residency MFA program. She is currently president of the nonprofit Solstice Institute for Creative Writing and teaches for Changing Lives Through Literature, which brings literature to people on probation.
Betsy Sholl served as the Maine Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2011. She has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), which won the Maine Literary Award for Poetry. Her 1997 collection Don’t Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and her book The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Her chapbooks include Pick A Card, winner of the Maine Chapbook Competition in 1991 (selected by Donald Hall), and Betsy Sholl: Greatest Hits, 1974-2004, Pudding House Publications. She was a founding member of Alice James Books and published three collections with them: Changing Faces, Appalachian Winter, Rooms Overhead, and Rough Cradle. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writer’s Fellowships. Her work has been included in several anthologies, including Letters to America, Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and a range of magazines, including Field, Triquarterly, Brilliant Corners, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal. She has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches in the MFA Program of Vermont College.
This event is co-sponsored by Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.


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Join us for a fun, informative, interesting, engaging night of stories and community. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Presenters weave in a story about their lives or their work. PechaKucha was developed by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organize PechaKucha Night Tokyo.

Thank you to our 2016 PechaKucha Night sponsor Bangor Savings!

Here’s the lineup for PechaKucha Night Biddeford Vol. 15:

Gia Drew
Catherine Mayo Glynn & Paul Glynn
Megan Grumbling
Nancy Grace Horton
Michael Nickles
Enrico Della Pietra
Michael Wentworth



Join us for Then & Now: Gender Identity in Art and Media at 7pm on July 7, 2016 at Engine.

The evening will include a short presentation by Jessica Roscio, Kristin Lindsley, and Nancy Grace Horton, followed by a facilitated Q&A with Donna McNeil, curatorial consultant.

Jessica Roscio is the curator at the Danforth Art Museum\School in Framingham, Mass. and has studied historical representations of gender identity in late 19th c. art, primarily photography, and how this relates to contemporary work.

Kristin Lindsley is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of New England, Biddeford. Lindsley will discuss representations of gender in contemporary media, including video games, and what we know about the effects of these representation on audiences.

Nancy Grace Horton is a photographer and educator based in Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, Maine. “That’s What She Said,” a body of work examining gender identity by Horton, is currently on display at Engine.

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