Thirteen graduating seniors in Maine’s only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will read from their original works in poetry, fiction and non-fiction at University of Maine at Farmington’s Creative Writing Senior Reading.

Seniors reading from their work will include Richard Coombs of Islesboro. This free and open-to-the-public event will take place Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The Senior Reading is sponsored by the UMF Division of Humanities.

Student readings will draw from portfolios created as a senior capstone project in UMF’s competitive creative writing program. Portfolios are a culmination of each student’s academic career and consist of the student’s best writing while at UMF; an artist statement; and a self-assessment of their work.

Many graduates of the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program go on to graduate schools across the country or work as published authors, editors, filmmakers, journalists and educators and in the fields of graphic design and marketing, among others.

The UMF Creative Writing Program is one of only three Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programs in all of New England. The 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.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.