Unity College’s Leavitt wins 2013 book award
Unity — Moon Pie Press and Maine Poetry Central have announced Michele Leavitt as the winner of the 2013 Michael Macklin First Book Award competition. Leavitt is the senior administrator, attorney, poet and instructor who helped Unity College become the first institution in the United States to have sustainability science as its focus.
Leavitt's chapbook, “The Glass Transition,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010. Her poems and prose have appeared in periodicals including So to Speak, The Journal, Mezzo Cammin, Passager, The Lyric, and Platte Valley Review. Publication of her winning book-length manuscript, “Back East,” is set for October, and Maine Poetry Central will assist the author in coordinating a series of readings throughout New England.
“Michele Leavitt uses the finite resources of poetry — rhythm, form, word choice, sound —to create infinite effects,” noted Baron Wormser, judge of the pool of finalists.
Leavitt currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor in Unity College’s Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities. She also serves as a Special Assistant for College Outreach in the Development department.
“The entire Unity College community is elated with this latest achievement by Michele Leavitt,” said Melik Peter Khoury, Senior Vice President for External Affairs. “Michele embodies the essence of this institution’s environmental mission and values.”
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