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UMF Visiting Writers Series presents reading by Susan Conley, Maine author and co-founder of The Telling Room

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FARMINGTON - The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present Maine author Susan Conley as the next writer in the 2012-13 Visiting Writers Series. Conley will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

A native of Maine, Conley is a non-fiction writer, novelist and poet. Her recent nonfiction book, 'The Foremost Good Fortune,' is her debut memoir in which she writes about her and her family's two-year experience living in a high-rise apartment in Beijing. Their lives change in Beijing with many daunting experiences including when Conley learns she has breast cancer. Peggy Orenstein of the 'New York Times Magazine' calls 'The Foremost Good Fortune' 'a treasureone that explores the meaning of our lives, the meaning of motherhood, the meaning of partnership.'

The Daily Beast and Livestrong.org published excerpts from the book. It was picked as a Top Ten Pick for February by 'O, The Oprah Magazine,' and it was chosen to be 'Book of the Week' in early March by 'Slate Magazine.' Her other writings have been published in The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Gettysburg Review, The North American Review, Ploughshares and others. She is currently finishing writing a fiction novel.

Conley received her B.A. from Middlebury College and her M.F.A. in creative writing from San Diego State University. She taught poetry and literature at Emerson College, but eventually moved back to Portland, Maine where she co-founded and served as the executive director of The Telling Room, a nonprofit creative writing center for students ages 6-18.

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