Farmington University Writers Series to host award-winning poet

Gibson Fay LeBlanc Photo submitted

The University of Maine Farmington Guest Writer Series plans to feature award-winning poet Gibson Fay-LeBlanc as the program’s fourth reader for the 2021/22 season.

Fay-LeBlanc will read an excerpt from her work at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10 at The Landing at UMF Olsen Student Center on South Street, according to a university press release.

The reading, free and open to the public, will be followed by a signing session with the author.

Fay-LeBlanc’s “Deke Dangle Dive” explores illness, fatherhood and masculinity through ice hockey and the natural world, and considers how poems speak to people, and through people, when all seems lost.

His poetry and prose have also been featured in the Kenyon Review, The New Republic and Tin House. His first collection of poetry, “Death of a Ventriloquist”, won the Vassar Miller Prize.

Fay-LeBlanc is the executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. He earned graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University.

“Deke Dangle Dive” is available for purchase at the UMF University Store and Devaney, Doak, and Garret booksellers.

The guest writer series is sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

Reservations are required and guests should adhere to the University’s COVID safety practices, including wearing a mask at all times inside campus buildings and social distancing when possible. Reservations can be made at

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