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UMF Visiting Writers Series presents notable American poet and critic John Poch, Oct. 10

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FARMINGTON, ME The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is excited to have poet John Poch as its next writer in the UMF 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series. Poch will be reading from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Hall. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Poch's writings include poetry collections: 'Dolls' (2009); 'Two Men Fighting with a Knife' (2008), which won the Donald Justice Award; and 'Poems' (2004), a finalist for the PEN/Osterweil Prize. In addition, he worked with Chad Davidson on 'The Essential Hockey Haiku' (2006), a poetry/fiction collaboration; and his 'Ghost Towns of the Enchanted Circle,' a limited edition letterpress/art book, was published in 2007.

His poems have appeared in 'Ploughshares,' 'Paris Review,' 'The New Republic,' 'Yale Review,' 'Iowa Review,' 'Agni' and many other literary magazines. For 10 years, he was the editor of the award-winning '32 Poems Magazine.' He is a co-editor of the poetry anthology 'Old Flame: From the First Ten Years of 32 Poems Magazine.''

Poch was a recipient of the 'Discovery'/The Nation Prize in 1998. He was also the Colgate University Creative Writing Fellow from 2000-2001 and is currently professor of English in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. He was named the 2007 Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College, and he has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, The Saltonstall Foundation and Blue Mountain Center. He will be a Fulbright Scholar, teaching American poetry at the University of Barcelona in spring 2014.

Poch received an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Texas.

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