LEWISTON — Bates College’s Language Arts Live series of literary readings will resume with poet Tyler Mills, author of the award-winning collection “Tongue Lyre,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Ave.

Open to the public at no cost, this literary reading series will continue this winter with Kate Christensen, whose novel “The Great Man” (Doubleday, 2007) won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (Feb. 13); and widely published poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Craig Morgan Teicher (March 17).

Language Arts Live readings will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Muskie Archives. The series is sponsored by the English department and other departments and programs at Bates.

For more information, call 207-786-6256 or email [email protected]


A poet whose work has appeared in The Believer, Boston Review and The Georgia Review, among many other publications, Mills was born in Chicago. “Tongue Lyre” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013) won the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award.

A graduate of Bucknell and the University of Maryland, where she received a master’s of fine arts degree, Mills is pursuing a doctorate in creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Christensen has published six novels. Her most recent book, “Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites,” was published in 2013 by Doubleday and is described by The New York Times as “a toothsome blend of personal and social history.”

She lives in Portland, Maine, and writes an occasional drink column for The Wall Street Journal called “With a Twist” as well as a bi-monthly column for Medium.com called “Food Stuff: the Elements of Eating.” Christensen writes that she is “a cook of the improvisational, what’s-in-the-cupboard school, which is also, possibly not coincidentally, my strategy with writing.”

Shaughnessy’s most recent collection of poetry is “Our Andromeda” (Copper Canyon Press, 2012.) She’s also the author of “Human Dark with Sugar” (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics’ Circle Award; and “Interior with Sudden Joy” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000).

Her poems have appeared in Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Slate.com and elsewhere. She is poetry editor-at-large at Tin House Magazine, and is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers-Newark. She lives in Brooklyn.

Teicher, a member of the Bates class of 2001, is a poet, critic and freelance writer. His first book of poems, “Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems” (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008) won the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry.

His other books are “Cradle Book,” a collection of short stories and fables (BOA Editions Ltd., 2010) and “To Keep Love Blurry: Poems” (BOA, 2012). His poems have appeared all over the U.S., and his reviews of poetry and fiction can be found on NPR.org, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and elsewhere.

He teaches at The New School and New York University and lives in Brooklyn.

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