There will be plenty of zoom, dynamism, and edge in the multi-media celebration that will launch the latest Words and Images. Contributors to the annual literary journal of the University of Southern Maine will rally all this week at a number of readings, and it all leads up to the main event on Thursday, September 25: “Fast, Powerful, Punk: Obviously a Literary Event,” at SPACE Gallery, at 7 pm. (Admission is free.) The evening brings together practitioners of the musical and visual arts as well as the literary ones, in a night of readings accompanied by Chris Nielson’s art and music by the Portland band Cougars kill Cobras and Brooklyn’s Akudama.
A wide spectrum of local writers will contribute to the event’s “marathon” of readings: Mark Melincove, author of Advanced Memories, previously served as director of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and publisher and editor of Dog Ear Press and Tilbury House. A frequent fiction contributor to Portland Magazine, Dan Domench is author of Hold Me Fast, the acclaimed first book of the Speedway Six Series. Steve Gibbon, the winner of this year’s Words and Images Award for Excellence in Expression, is finishing a BA in English at USM, and readers will also include poets Melissa Crowe and Zachary Mosher.
The literary journal of USM has gone through a number of incarnations since its inception in 1976. This year’s edition also features fiction by Kevin Brockmeier and Michael Kimball, as well as interviews with Richard Russo, Jennifer Egan, and filmmaker Todd Field. It is available at the USM Campus Bookstore and Longfellow Books, and will also be on hand at SPACE this Thursday for the Words and Images pan-literary festivities.
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