FARMINGTON – Award-winning poet Cate Marvin will be the first reader in the University of Maine at Farmington’s 2007-08 Visiting Writers Series. She will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

Marvin’s first book, “World’s Tallest Disaster,” was chosen by Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. A year later, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize.

Her poems have appeared in The New England Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Fence, The Paris Review, The Cincinnati Review, Slate, Verse, Boston Review and Ninth Letter. She is co-editor with poet Michael Dumanis of the anthology “Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century.”

Her second book of poems, “Fragment of the Head of a Queen,” was published by Sarabande in August 2007.

A recent Whiting Award recipient and 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Gregory Millard Fellow, Marvin teaches poetry writing in Lesley University’s low-residency masters of fine arts program and is an associate professor in creative writing at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

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