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September 30-October 8

Maine Lit Fest                                                                                                  

After extended time apart, the Maine Lit Fest addresses the need for a welcoming large-scale series of gatherings that celebrate diverse experiences and stories and bring Maine’s communities together through the power of the written and spoken word. 

The Maine Lit Fest includes a week of readings, conversations, and happenings, beginning in Waterville and then heading down to Portland, including a final day full of free outdoor events in Downtown Portland, and a bookfair featuring Maine publishers and author collectives.

For more information about the schedule of events, please visit here. 

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

October 17

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Lisa Heldke: Aesthetic Value of Disgusting Experiences: Ruminations on my Compost Bucket                                                                                                                                           7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium (Lovejoy 100)

Lisa Heldke is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer (Routledge)and the co-editor of two anthologies in the philosophy of food: Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food, co-edited with Deane Curtin (Indiana) and The Atkins Diet and Philosophy, coedited with Kerri Mommer and Cindy Pineo (Open Court). She is the coeditor of Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research.

Heldke holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University. She is currently Professor of Philosophy, Sponberg Chair in Ethics, and member of the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter Minnesota.

October 23

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
The Hand that Feeds, Conversation with Mahoma López
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma Lopez unites his undocumented immigrant coworkers to fight abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

October 24

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Ashton Wesner: Trash and Trophy?: Sturgeon and settler colonial fishery science
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium (Lovejoy 100)

Ashton Wesner’s research and writing intersect the fields of feminist science & technology studies, critical environmental history, political ecology, Indigenous and settler colonial studies, and cultural geography. She combines frameworks and methods from these fields to examine articulations of nature, culture, and power to better understand how ongoing US settler colonialism and imperial expansion structure both bioscientific knowledge production and environmentalist practices. 

November 7

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Roundtable Food Justice in Maine
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium (Lovejoy 100)

This Roundtable conversation will involve four Maine non-profits discussing Food Justice in Maine. Joining us will be The Evening Sandwich Program (Maililani Bailey); Stone Soup Cafe (Maureen Ausbrook); Healthy Northern Kennebec (Alison Laplante); Presente! Maine (Crystal Cron). This panel will be moderated by Gail Carlson (Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College).

November 13

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
What’s Cooking
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

On Thanksgiving day, four ethnically diverse families — Vietnamese, Latino,  Jewish, and African American — gather for the traditional meal. Each family has its own distinct way of cooking the traditional holiday meal and its own set of problems.

Join us for a discussion after the screening with Bowdoin Assistant Professor of Sociology Shruti Devgan. 

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

November 15

Two Cent Talks: A Reading with Morgan Talty and Michelle Menting
 5:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios

Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He is the author of the story collection Night of the Living Rez from Tin House Books, and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty’s work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (2022). Talty is an Assistant Professor of English in Creative Writing and Native American and contemporary Literature at the University of Maine, Orono, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing as well as the Institute of American Indian Arts. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Michelle Menting is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books), and two poetry chapbooks. Her poems, essays, and short stories can be found in Verse Daily, American Life in Poetry, The Cimarron Review, The Offing, The Southeast Review, New South, Harpur Palate, The Texas Observer, Fourth River, and DIAGRAM, among other places. A recipient of scholarships from Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers’ conferences and a Maine Literary Award finalist, Michelle has been awarded for her written work with residencies from Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, Crosshatch/Hill House, and the National Park Service, where she served as Poet-in-Residence on Isle Royale National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve.

Celebrating the verbal arts in Maine. A literary and creative arts series of readings, lectures, and performances sponsored by Colby College’s Office of the President, Center for the Arts and the Humanities, English Department, and Creative Writing Program.

November 28

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Kim Upstill: A Report From The Mood Lit Field                                                                              7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium (Lovejoy 100)

Kim Upstill is a writer, artist, and cook based in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a BA degree from Evergreen State College and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Along with various smaller texts, Kim has published two books, Soft Work Kitchen and Night Rind. Kim is interested in partner dance, sculptural imagingings, romance and language in its varied forms.