FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington will present award-winning poet Tryfon Tolides as its Lunchtime Poet for spring 2008. Tolides will read from his work at noon Thursday, May 1, in North Dining Hall in the Olsen Student Center.

The reading is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a book-signing.

Tolides is the author of “An Almost Pure Empty Walking,” which won the National Poetry Series in 2005. He moved to the United States when he was only 6, but his work is rooted in the mountains, wind and deep interior of his birthplace, Korifi Voiou, a tiny village in Greece. His poems express a longing and a searching for peace, home, beauty and escape.

He has a bachelor-of-fine-arts degree in creative writing from the University of Maine at Farmington and received a master’s degree in fine arts in creative writing from Syracuse University.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Thomson, UMF assistant professor, department of creative writing, at 778-7454 or [email protected]

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