Join Engine on July 22, at 7pm for readings by novelist Lee Hope, author of Horsefever (New Rivers Press, 2016) and Betsy Sholl, former Maine Poet Laureate and author most recently of Otherwise Unknown. A Q&A with the authors will follow the readings.
Lee Hope is editor-in- chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Her fiction has received grants from both the Maine and the Pennsylvania Arts Commissions. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary journals, such as: Witness, The North American Review, Epiphany, and Sou’wester. Her short story “What To Take In Case of Fire,” received an honorable mention in American Fiction, Vol. 13, winner of the 2015 Midwest Book Awards in the anthology category. Founder and former director of a low-residency MFA program in Maine, Lee also helped to found Pine Manor College’s low-residency MFA program. She is currently president of the nonprofit Solstice Institute for Creative Writing and teaches for Changing Lives Through Literature, which brings literature to people on probation.
Betsy Sholl served as the Maine Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2011. She has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), which won the Maine Literary Award for Poetry. Her 1997 collection Don’t Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and her book The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Her chapbooks include Pick A Card, winner of the Maine Chapbook Competition in 1991 (selected by Donald Hall), and Betsy Sholl: Greatest Hits, 1974-2004, Pudding House Publications. She was a founding member of Alice James Books and published three collections with them: Changing Faces, Appalachian Winter, Rooms Overhead, and Rough Cradle. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writer’s Fellowships. Her work has been included in several anthologies, including Letters to America, Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and a range of magazines, including Field, Triquarterly, Brilliant Corners, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal. She has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches in the MFA Program of Vermont College.
This event is co-sponsored by Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.