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In the early s, Carson became friends with Dorothy Murdoch Freeman who was an administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Services. Carson's Maine home was built near the home of Freeman and her family. The two women exchanged many letters over a twelve-year period, some of which are now published.

Silent Spring , her fourth book, was first serialised in The New Yorker and immediately drew the wrath of the chemical industry. Carson was accused of being a Communist by Velsicol Chemical Company, which threatened to sue her publisher. The controversy around the book -- which warned the public of the hazards of pesticide misuse and abuse -- led to a federal investigation into the misuse of pesticides and resulted in lengthy Congressional hearings in Carson died in Spring of breast cancer that had been diagnosed in In , Carson was posthumously awarded the highest civilian honor in the U.

The refuge consists primarily of coastal salt marsh with habitat for more than bird and mammal species. Isabel and her brothers and sister spent most of their childhood sailing aboard their father's vessels. In the family came ashore and purchased a home in Bath. Isabel graduated from the then Bath High School in and then went to Wellesley College where she majored in math and Greek. After graduating in , she earned a teaching certificate from Gorham Normal School, one of the precursors to the University of Southern Maine.

With the exception of three years, to , when she did post-war relief work in Turkey, she was a teacher in both private and public high schools. Most of the time -- to and to -- she taught math at the Madeira School, McLean, Virginia. Upon retirement, she and her mother returned to the family summer home in Yarmouth. She died in a Yarmouth nursing home in Carter's publishing record -- one novel and six short stories -- belies her important role in understanding Maine's 19th-century maritime history.

Although her work is fiction, the state's maritime historians recognize the authenticity of her characters and incidents that are based on her parents' experiences at sea. Carter's primary source for her novel and the six stories published in Atlantic Monthly and Woman's Home Companion between and were letters her parents wrote to each other between and Children's book writer Mary Cerullo born Sept. She considers herself a 'science interpreter,' and she has worked for the University of Maine Sea Grant Program interpreting science for the public.

She is associate director responsible for publications, public relations, and educational outreach at Friends of Casco Bay. Romance author and lifetime Mainer, Janet Chapman was born in northern Maine and lived in a log home on a lake in Glenburn with her husband and sons. Mary Ellen Chase was born on Feb. She was a Univ. Chase was a professor at the Univ. She spent most of her adult life away from Maine but wrote of it with passion. She wrote novels, autobiographies, historical biographies, and books about writing and literature, as well as other non-fiction works.

In she received the Hale Award, given annually to a distinguished writer with a connection to New England. One of Chase's students at Smith College, Lee Kingman, herself an author and editor, won an essay contest sponsored by Vogue for a piece entitled 'Pamela's Socks and the Roman Emperors,' about her teacher. Emily Chetkowski is a children's book writer who lives in a farmhouse called Winn Farm in Westminster, MA most of the year. She summers on the island of Islesboro in Maine, where she does most of her writing.

Born in Portland on June 14, , current North Parsonsfield resident Carolyn Chute is known as much for her role in the 2nd Maine Militia, an organization dedicated to reducing government's role in our lives, as she is as a novelist. A self-proclaimed redneck, Chute writes about the life and struggles of the rural poor living in the fictional town of Egypt, Maine. Chute was also a plumbing inspector and code enforcement officer in Mt. Vernon ME from Chute's scientific works focus on human ecology and culture's impact on lake and coastal ecosystems. He is also a poet whose poetry has frequently been published in the Beloit Poetry Journal.

Thoreau's and a friend's cooling river escape from the heat. Born in New Providence, Iowa, on June 15, , and raised on a acre farm, poet Amy Clampitt, considered one of the most distinguished 20th-century American poets, was a long-time Corea, Maine, summer visitor. A number of her poems contain subjects and images influenced by the area's natural beauty. Clampitt earned a B.

She worked at Oxford University Press from to as secretary and writer, as reference librarian at the National Audubon Society to , and as a freelance writer, editor, and researcher during the s and s, then spent five years to as an editor at E. She first attempted to write novels and then turned to poetry in the s. In her work appeared for the first time in the New Yorker. In addition to being a noted poet, Clampitt was also a well-respected teacher. Many of his columns and books focused on the fictional town of Cedar River and its inhabitants.

Rebecca Clarke, considered America's first writer for children because she wrote for children and not for small adults, was born in Norridgewock on Feb. She lived there most of her life, except for a year period from when she was a school teacher in Indiana. She also wintered in Baltimore, Florida, and California. Clarke purchased and donated the building for the first Norridgewock public library shortly before her death, on Aug. Harold Clifford was born in Winthrop and received his B. He was principal of Alfred High School from and and Superintendent of schools, including those in the Boothbay area, from to The community playground in Boothbay is named for Clifford, as is the Boothbay Region High School's annual book award.

Clifford wrote the history of the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club from its inception in the s to , with Chip Griffin completing the history to ; the history is dedicated to Clifford in appreciation "of the vibrant tone of both his piano playing and his words. Their daughter -- Kate Barnes -- was Maine's first poet laureate.

She incorporated her travel memories into her writing. Born in Brunswick, a graduate of Bowdoin, and later a professor there , essayist, poet, and novelist Robert Peter Tristam Coffin won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Strange Holiness. William S. Bill Cohen was born in Bangor, the son of a Jewish father -- a baker -- and an Irish Protestant mother.

He received an A. B cum laude from Boston University Law School in Cohen was a star basketball player in both high school and college. Following his formal education, Cohen became an attorney with a Bangor law firm and Assistant County Attorney for Penobscot County from He was vice president of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association from , entering public life as a city councilor in Bangor , also serving as Bangor's mayor from He served as a Republican in the U. House of Representatives from , then was elected to the U.

Senate, where he served until he announced his retirement after 3 terms in early Democratic President Clinton appointed Cohen as his Secretary of Defense in , a position he held until Cohen married Janet Langhart Cohen on Valentine's Day ; she was a former runway model and a seasoned television journalist who worked as a Boston newscaster and as correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and Black Entertainment Television.

She and her brother Lincoln were well-educated both on shipboard and in Searsport. She majored in chemistry at University of Maine at Orono, receiving bachelor's and master's degrees by After some restlessness, she continued her education at the New York School of Philanthropy -- later called the School for Social Work -- earning a certificate in For over 30 years following, she distinguished herself as a social worker, publishing a number of works.

During the Depression she was a strong advocate for some type of social security and health insurance. Though technically born on a ship that was rounding Cape Horn on its way to China, Colcord's home was Searsport, Maine. He came from five generations of sea-faring men and it's not surprising that he wrote about the sea. Colcord graduated from Univ. He lived and worked in Manhattan before moving to Maine in the s, where he lived the rest of his life, apart from a 6-year interlude in Key West.

Cole was well known in Maine, both for his career in journalism and his positions on political and environmental issues. He also edited the Kennebunk Star and the Brunswick Times-Record for which he wrote a regular column. Coleman made his living for the next two decades working on other organic farms, including, in the late 's,the experimental Coolidge Center in Massachusetts, where Coleman developed the idea of using cold frames inside hoop houses to extend the growing season, and in the early s at the Mountain School in Vermont, where he directed the farm program.

He also traveled in Europe in the mids when he was working on his graduate degree in Spanish literature, and while there toured organic farms. In the early s he bought back the land at Harborside, and he and his third wife, Barbara Damrosch, have lived there since, earning much of their livelihood by selling the organic produce they raise from October to May each year at Four Season Farm. Coleman has been a keynote conference speaker at Northeast Organic Farming Association. The couple also answered gardening questions in American Homestyle and Gardening magazine for several years, and they both give numerous gardening talks.

Coleman is known as an innovator in farming systems and tools, and has written several gardening books. Loren Coleman was raised in Decatur, Illinois, and received his undergraduate degree in anthropology-zoology and his graduate degree in psychiatric social work. He settled in New England in , bought a cabin in Rangeley in , and moved to Portland in , where he has lived since, and where he has opened the International Cryptozoology Museumm.

Coleman has been visiting assistant professor of social work at the University of New England, and was, for thirteen years, a senior research associate at the Edmund S. Coleman's first article -- Mystery Animals in Illinois -- was published in March when he was Since then, he has written over articles, been a consultant to a number of reality-based TV shows including "Unsolved Mysteries" and The History Channel's "In Search of History," and he writes a regular cryptozoology column for Fate Magazine as well as frequent articles for the London-based Fortean Magazine ; he has also written for Mysteries Magazine and The Anomalist.

He is also a frequent guest on radio shows to discuss both his cryptozoology books and his books on human behavior -- contagion and suicide clusters. Coleman speaks to children's groups, libraries, and other civic groups worldwide. Though best known for his books and articles on cryptozoology, Coleman has written or edited several books on suicide prevention and copycats, including The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines His work on the suicides of baseball players was heavily covered in the media, including in Sports Illustrated and on ESPN.

Coleman has also developed several curricula on the topic. Elizabeth Elder, who lives in Cape Elizabeth, is a poet, short story writer, and the author of two children's books. Born in Prospect Harbor, Miriam Colwell lived with her maternal grandparents as her mother died when Miriam was a toddler and her father was ill with tuberculosis.

She left before graduating to live in New York where she was a freelance and advertising copywriter. She returned to Prospect Harbor in and became the town's postmaster; her grandfather had held the position but had been forced to leave when he reached the mandatory retirement age. Colwell was 23 and the youngest postmaster in the United States. He received a bachelor's degree in French from Bates , and a master's from Brown. For more than 30 years he taught French and English at private schools in New England. He and his wife retired to Buckfield. Joe Conforti is known for his scholarship on New England history and culture.

A native of Fall River, Mass. Based in Rockland, the organization's purpose is to protect and promote the balanced use of Maine's islands. Conkling is also the editor of the institute's yearly publication, Island Journal. Before establishing the institute, Conkling was a forester and co-authored a number of research reports for the U. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. Leo Connellan was born near Portland and grew up in Rockland. He attended the University of Maine for three years prior to joining the Army, then on to Greenwich Village in the 's to be a part of the Beat Generation.

His poetry concerns itself with the human condition, and was also highly influenced by his early proximity to the fishing and lobstering industry in Maine. Following his stint in New York, he and wife Nancy moved to Clinton, Connecticut, where he worked as a typewriter ribbon salesman for many years and continued to write poetry. When he won the Shelley Memorial Award for Poetry in , he gained enough recognition that he was able to work as a teacher. He worked as poet-in-residence at Connecticut State University from to , and was named Connecticut Poet Laureate from on. Connellan received an honorary doctorate from the University of Maine at Augusta in He has also written nonfiction.

He taught creative writing in New Mexico.

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Until her death in March, she lived in Damariscotta with her husband, Charles Talbot Porter; their four children are grown. Angus King as a 'Maine State Treasure. The Lupine Award for outstanding contribution to children's literature of Maine given by the Maine Library Association derives its name from Cooney's book Miss Rumphius. Tom Easton is a theoretical biologist, science-fiction and textbook writer, book reviewer, and professor at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine.

He earned his B. His family is from Lincolnville; Easton lives now in Belfast and enjoys trout-fishing, wine-making, gardening, and snow-shoeing. At Smith, she founded the college Audubon Society. She was for a short time superintendent of schools in Brewer, the first woman to hold such a position in Maine. She then briefly worked as a reader for Boston's DC Heath publishing company. She married the Rev. Jacob A. Eckstorm of Chicago in , and they moved to Eastport, Maine. Eckstorm and her two children moved back to Brewer following her husband's death. She contributed articles to Bird-Lore and the Auk , before publishing her first two books in Eckstorm founded Brewer's public library in and was active in the suffragette movement and in Republican politics.

Her books and articles were often concerned with the Penobscot Valley of Maine. Besides her books below, Eckstorm also wrote a widely note critique on Thoreau's Maine Woods , contributed to Louis C. Hatch's Maine: A History , and wrote articles on Indian legends. Born in Portland, Edward H. Elwell was a journalist and writer. In the same year Elwell and some other investors then combined the Northern Pioneer with the Transcript. Elwell was also one of the newly created newspaper's editors. Barbara Damrosch is a professional landscape gardener, and has worked in horticulture since During the and seasons she appeared regularly on the PBS series Victory Garden , and had a year run as co-host of Gardening Naturally on the Learning Channel, from to Emerson, born in rural Liberty, New York, lives in Wilton, Maine, and has written over 20 historical and contemporary romances, historical mysteries, children's books, and non-fiction works of history.

She's an active member of Sisters in Crime. Ted Enslin was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, to parents who were both classical scholars. Enslin studied musical composition privately in Massachusetts at an early age with Francis Judd Cooke and with the great Nadia Boulanger, who recognised his writing talent. He also attended the New England Conservatory of Music. Enslin moved to Temple, Maine in , and with his second wife, Alison Jane Jose married , to the coastal Washington County village of Milbridge in the s. Besides his long and prolific career as a writer, Enslin has also supported himself by making homemade walking sticks.

While very well-respected by critics and by other poets, Enslin's career has been one of relative obscurity, partly because he is not a self-promoter and he has no academic affiliation. Enslin doesn't see himself as a regional writer, although the Maine landscape has influenced his poems. Enslin's poems are musical, and indeed he has commented "I've often said that I like to be considered as a composer who happens to use words instead of notes. The greatest compliment that anyone could pay me: 'He was a composer who happened to use words.

Davis lives in East Blue Hill with her husband, together they have six children and four grand-children. For nearly 20 years and over 10 books she was published in NY and elsewhere. In , she founded the publishing company, Heartsong Books. Davis is also a lay-healer and community caregiver. Previously, she worked as a teacher, an editor, a counselor, and a cafe owner. Abbie Evans, noted poet of the natural world, was born in Bristol, Maine and moved to Camden as a teenager. When she was 18, she experienced a serious illness that affected her eyesight and she was unable to read or write for ten years.

She spent much of her time observing the natural world as she wandered through the woods and fields in the town. Her frequent companion was Edna St. Vincent Millay whom Evans met when she was Millay's Sunday school teacher. When Evans was 28, she enrolled at Radcliffe College where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. After the war she was a social worker and then returned to the teaching profession. Although she lived in Philadelphia, she spent her summer vacations in Maine.

Bowdoin College recognized Evans' literary contribution when it granted her an honorary degree in Evans reads poems from her first three collections. In , the year of Evans' th birthday, Down East honored Evans by publishing a feature story on her in the February issue. Mary C. Jane wrote the article titled Nourished on the Mountain's flinty bread. The following year he was selected as an artist in residence with the Wisconsin Arts Board. He was a recipient of the Butler Prize for Critical Writing in In he accepted an English department appointment at the University of Maine in Orono.

Among the courses he taught were American and European fiction, critical theory, Stephen King, and popular culture. He was also one of the original distance learning professors and received the Friends of Distance Education Achievement Award in Everman was also a jazz fan who played trumpet in a number of bands and also wrote reviews and published interviews. Born in Portland some sources say Bangor , Owen Davis lived in Bangor until he was 15 years old, when his family moved to Kentucky.

He attended the University of Tennessee for a year and then transferred to Harvard where he majored in geology. He left Harvard before completing his degree and worked as a geologist and mining engineer. In Davis went to New York City to work in the theater. His first successful play was produced in This was the beginning of one of the most prolific American theater careers. He is reported to have written between and plays; the exact number is difficult to determine as he used a variety of pseudonyms such as Arthur Lamb, Martin Hurly, Walter Lawrence, George Walker, and John Oliver.

In addition, most of his plays were not published in book form and are therefore difficult to locate. Even the Library of Congress lists only thirty-seven entries for Davis' dramas, screen adaptations, and books. His early plays were called melodramas and were named after the price of the seats. As the majority of the people in the audience were immigrants with limited English skills, Davis stressed visual effects rather than dialogue.

Between and , there was at least one Owen Davis play produced in New York each season. Despite popular success and financial rewards from such plays, Davis began to write more realistic dramas after Icebound , which explores the quarrelsome relationships of the icebound Veazie, Maine, Jordan family, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Davis wrote film and radio scripts as well as plays in the s. During this time he is reported to have had strong connections to the Lakewood Summer Theater, known at the time as Broadway in Maine, in Skowhegan, Maine.

In the late s, Davis left Hollywood to return to the New York stage. His last play was produced in Davis worked diligently to promote copyright laws for both films and plays. Lura Beam -- teacher, researcher, and writer -- was born in Marshfield, Maine, near Machias in Washington County, and graduated from the local high school in Her first two years of college were spent at the University of California, Berkeley. She then transferred to Barnard College, from which she graduated in For the next three years she taught in southern black schools that were directed by the American Missionary Association.

Beam then became an administrator for the Association. She earned an M. Her entire career of teaching, research, administration and writing was spent in the non-profit area. The two women remained committed friends and companions until Bryant's death in Often the two women spent their summer vacations in Marshfield.

Bryant, fascinated by small town life, encouraged Beam to write the book for which she is best known in Maine. Chenoweth Hall was an artist, musician, writer and teacher. Chennie, as her friends knew her, was born in New Albany, Indiana and spent her formative years in New York. In Hall moved to Prospect Harbor where she shared a home with writer Miriam Colwell for over fifty years.

Hall wrote short stories and published two books. Before her retirement in , Hall was artist-in-residence and associate professor of art at the University of Maine, Machias, for ten years. One of her most noted sculptures is a 4. Hall died April 19,, in Ellsworth. Her watercolors and sculpture continue to be shown in Maine galleries. Papers are located at the Smithsonian Institution. A long-time professional musician and a Vietnam War veteran, Hall has held a variety of jobs, though he knew at age 18 that he wanted to be a writer. He published a short story, "Wasps," in , and his first novel, -- a horror tale about "a strange little village that has somehow gone adrift from the rest of the world" -- was published in print-on-demand format in In November , he and two partners opened the Blue Strawbery restaurant in Portsmouth, NH, and for 16 years Haller was co-owner and executive chef at the renowned and popular restaurant.

Since the early s, Haller has spent time working with the terminally and critically ill,and was a volunteer and board member of Seacoast Hospice of Exeter, New Hampshire; one of his books offers help for people whose appetites wane when going through serious illness. Haller has lectured on food and cooking and given classes to hospice patients and their families. Born in Vassalboro and an graduate of Colby, Holman Day was a poet, a novelist, and a filmmaker, as well as a correspondent for the Lewiston Sun for years.

He produced over 25 books. Helen Hamlin was born and raised in Fort Kent among a family of game wardens. She attended Madawaska Training School and accepted her first teaching job at a remote lumber camp at Churchill Dam. She met and married the local warden, Curly. Their early life together in the deep woods is the subject of her first book, which became a New York Times bestseller. After a second marriage to Dr. Robert Lennon, Hamlin left Maine to raise a family, study French and art, and travel the world. Hamlin received the outstanding alumnus award from the University of Maine-Fort Kent in She died in Minnesota in She has written children's books, illustrated by Maine artist and arts educator Sandra Dunn, who lives in Chelsea.

Born in Bailleul, Belgium on June 8, , of a Belgian mother who died soon after childbirth and a French father, Marguerite Yourcenar nee de Crayencour was a poet, historian, world traveller, translator, essayist, and critic. She had been visiting the U. Yourcenar also taught for a decade at Sarah Lawrence College, as professor of comparative literature from She received a Litt. Her first published work was financed when she was 16 by her non-conformist father, who was her tutor and confidant. Her pen name was chosen then, an anagram of her surname.

Yourcenar's novels' central figures are often men torn between duty and passion, with a focus on key moments in history. Yourcenar died on Dec. Tabitha Tabby King might be best known for being the wife of Stephen King, but she is also a novelist, photographer, community leader, and philanthropist. They were married in Jan. Tabitha King lives in Bangor with her husband. Carlson Public Humanities Prize , for her 'devoted efforts [which] have kindled a passion for reading and a love of ideas in Maine people of all ages.

We honor her activism in supporting reading and literacy programs for Mainers of all ages, her leadership and advocacy on behalf of institutions that bring the joy of learning to a wider public, and her powerful work as a writer. She and Stephen King run the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, which is well-known in Maine for its generosity to libraries and organizations involved with literacy, community services and the arts.

Tabitha King has also been cited for her leadership of a capital campaign to renovate the Bangor Public Library and her role as a trustee of Maine Public Broadcasting. As a member of the Maine Humanities Council Board, she encouraged the Council to reach out to at-risk children, adult new readers, library patrons in rural communities, incarcerated men and women, the elderly and the disabled.

She has two children with Maine author Richard Grant. Hand primarily writes novels and short stories but she is also the author of plays, comic books, and novelizations of film and television episodes. Hand has received many honors, including the Philip K. Woody Hanstein graduated from the University of Michigan in and received his J.

He was was born in Pennsylvania in , and lived all over the United States before getting the chance to move to Maine in He is a former Navy JAG and state court prosecutor. He also teaches at the University of Maine at Farmington where, for 20 years, he has coached that college's rugby team. He also is the founder of the Smiling Goat Precision Juggling Corps, Maine's most celebrated troupe of marching jugglers. He has written several legal thrillers featuring small-town Maine lawyer Pete Morris. Sis Deans was born on Nov. She lives now on a farm in Gorham with her husband and three daughters.

She has worked in the Mercy Hospital operating room for many years. She also worked for nine years as an animal medical technician for veterinarians, and held jobs as a lifeguard, waitress, and writing instructor. Most of her books are for children and young adults. Robert Harnum was born in Maine and educated at the University of Maine. He opposed the war in Vietnam, emigrating to Canada where he pursued graduate and doctoral studies at the University of Toronto and Universite Laval.

He simultaneously pursued a musical career. Marsden Hartley was one of America's most admired and respected modernist painters. Given the name of Edmund Hartley at birth, he assumed the name Marsden, his stepmother's last name, when he was in his early 20s. The youngest of nine children, Hartley was born in Lewiston, Maine. When he was eight, his mother died. Since the family had little money, he left school at an early age to work in a shoe factory. By he had moved to Cleveland where he rejoined his family who had moved there to seek better employment.

Hartley, primarily self-taught, was a student for a short time at the Cleveland Art School. Hartley, through his association with several New York artists, met Alfred Stieglitz whose " Gallery" became one of the key art institutions of the early 20th century. With Stieglitz's assistance, Hartley traveled, studied, and painted in Paris and Germany from through He returned often to France and Germany in the 20s and 30s. By the mids he determined to return to his New England roots, first in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and then Maine.

In fact, Hartley, in a essay titled, "On the Subject of Nativeness: A Tribute to Maine," declared that he wished to be known as the native painter of Maine. Many of his paintings and drawings from the 30s and 40s focus on the Lovell area, Mount Katahdin, and the coast and fishermen of the Corea area. In addition to being a gifted artist, Hartley was also a poet and essayist. By , his writing had become an important part of his creative life. Like many other writers, he was first published in little magazines such as The Little Review , The Dial , Poetry , Contact , and others.

Since , Hartley's work as an artist and poet has gained increased attention from both the art and academic worlds. Garden mystery writer Corrilla Hastings, who grew up in Maine and attended Wellesley College as a botany major, ran Brick Farm Nursery and Garden Center in Skowhegan for 30 years with her husband before recently retiring. Katharine Butler Hathaway was born in and grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, part of a wealthy family. She suffered from spinal tuberculosis, and was confined to a bed for most of her childhood. Though her treatment was most advanced for the time, she was left disfigured.

After attending Radcliffe College, she purchased a house in Castine in and began a life of her own. She traveled and lived in New York and Paris. In , she married, returned to Maine and settled in Blue Hill. Klose is the single parent of Alyosha, adopted from Russia when Alyosha was seven, and Anton, from Ukraine. Horror and suspense writer Hautala was born and raised in Rockport, Massachusetts.

Many of his stories have Maine settings. Rick Hautala died March 21, of a heart attack. Robley Wilson, Jr. He graduated from Bowdoin College with honors in English in receiving an honorary degree from same in and earned an MFA with distinction from the University of Iowa in Hawkes was born in Sherman, Texas. Growing up in a military family, he lived in a number of places in both the United States and Europe. After receiving his B. Kevin and his family moved to Maine in and live in Gorham. Hawkes has written several books but is primarily an illustrator of picture books and novels.

Hawthorne also lived in Portland in and in Raymond for a few years around He was a writer of novels and short stories, a member of the American Romantic school, specifically known as a "Dark Romantic. Novelist, Margaret Deland was born in Allegheny, Pa. They lived in Manchester, Pa, which she transformed into the fictional "Old Chester" of her stories. She was awarded an honorary degree from Bowdoin College in The Delands became involved in the plight of unwed mothers and took into their home about 60 women and infants in the space of 4 years.

During this time, Deland began writing for greeting-card companies. Deland's first published work was a poem, "The Succory," which appeared in Harpers magazine. She was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in Tamra Wight was born in Charlton, Massachusetts on 7 Dec. Tom DeMarco born Aug. In addition to his business and writing careers, he's also a certified emergency medical technician. He was later responsible for distributed on-line banking systems installed in Europe, and he has lectured and consulted throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Far East.

Christopher Willard, born in Bangor, Maine, is a writer, visual artist, and instructor who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His art appears in collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has published over 50 articles in art magazines, journals, and books, and had a monthly column in American Artist. He spends much of the year at a rustic cabin that he built himself in the woods near Weld, Maine.

Many of his books focus on the natural world just outside the cabin door. Heinrich has won numerous awards for his writing and is a world class ultra-marathon runner. Tom Desjardin was born and raised in Maine. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University, and did his doctoral work in American History at the University of Maine at Orono.

He's worked as a National Parks interpreter, giving programs on the Gettysburg battlefield. His interest in the topic grew from a visit to Gettysburg as a boy, and his is also based on the same. He received a B. After college, New York and Miami commercial art firms and newspapers employed him as an art or creative director.

After the war, he did graduate work in painting and sculpture at Rollins College in Florida. Dibner was awarded a Breadloaf Fellowship in Two years later he was a Huntington Hartford Foundation fellow. In the late s, Dibner was appointed the first director of the California Art Commission. In the early s he moved to Maine where he had vacationed for many years. Dibner entered a new phase of his creative career when he became a mentor and teacher to many Maine short story and novel writers who studied creative writing with him.

A native Mississippian born Macon, MS, 7 March who spent his childhood in Ohio, Williams graduated from Dartmouth in , worked as a reporter for the Boston American from , and went on to live outside of Boston, summering in North Searsmont and Blue Hill. He wrote over 35 novels and short stories, many set in the mythical village of Fraternity, Maine similar to his home in the Searsmont area , as well as some histories and other non-fiction works. Dietz, born in Pittsburgh, a graduate of New York University and a long-time resident of Rockport, lived in Maine for more than 40 years.

During his early working years, he was a foreign correspondent in Paris and a copywriter in New York. In his middle years he gained recognition for his many magazine articles on fishing and hunting for Coast Fisherman , Outdoors Maine , and Down East , which he helped establish.

In the s he published the popular Jeff White series in which the action was also focused on hunting and fishing. Michelle Dionetti has lived in York, ME, since She's a touring artist, teaching in schools throughout the state and at writers' conferences throughout northern New England. Joanne S. Williamson was born in Arlington, Virginia.

Before moving to Kennebunkport in , she was employed as a writer and editor for several newspapers and magazines in New York City and Connecticut. In , her first first novel was published; it was the first of Williamson's eight young adult historical novels. She is a graduate of South Portland High School and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in hotel administration. She was previously employed as Vice President of Credit Services for a food industry credit reporting agency, as a bank commercial loan underwriter, and as the credit manager for a major seafood importer located in New York.

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She has taught at Univ. Dodd is also co-editor of the Journal of Maine Education. Jim Dodson was raised in the Carolinas but moved to New England in the s to become a senior writer for Yankee Magazine. Previously, he had been a reporter for the Washington Post and a political journalist and a Sunday magazine writer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dodson earned his reputation as a sports writer as contributing editor and regular columnist for Golf magazine and golf editor for Departures magazine, winning the Golf Writers of America Award in Dodson now lives in Topsham, Maine. While writing, he has worked in a lumber mill, bar tended, drove a mail truck, owned a rock music booking agency, picked fruit, operated a forklift, assembled farm equipment, and assisted released prisoners to maintain their terms of parole. A showcase of his monologues was produced off-Broadway at the Westside Theater. Stewart Doty earned his Ph. A professor of history at the University of Maine from and chair of the history department from , he taught Modern French, European, and Franco-American History.

Granted emeritus status when he retired in , Doty now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Freelance writer Vicki Doudera grew up in Norfolk, Mass. From , she and her husband Ed operated the Blackberry Inn Bed-and-Breakfast in Camden, Maine; they live now in Camden with three children, two cats, a dog, and a rat named George. Jane Gerow Dudley, writer and naturalist, was a New Jersey native who lived in Maine from the mids until the early s. She contributed to numerous publications as journalist, columnist and poet, including the Maine Times , Yankee magazine, Reed Poetry Annual of Maine , and the Boston Post.

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She was longtime editor of the Schoodic chapter of the Maine Audubon newsletter. She was also president and founder of the Alexander-Crawford Historical Society Alexander, Maine and wrote its newsletter. Sandy Dunn is an artist, arts educator, and children's book illustrator who lives in Chelsea, Maine with her husband, photographer Steven Dunn.

She has a BFA and a B. She's worked as an art instructor in public schools for more than 15 years and also offers private lessons and workshops. Her paintings watercolors and acrylics have been exhibited in shows around Maine. Children's book writer, poet, and essayist Sandra Dutton was born in Springfield, Missouri, grew up in Norwood, Ohio, and moved to Boothbay Harbor after many years as a summer visitor.

Her sea captain ancestors settled in Bath in the s. Dutton has a Master's in Creative Writing and a Ph. Her parents were both professors, and her father was also chief of the fine arts division at the Library of Congress. Holland attended Smith College, and went on to earn a B. Doris Anne Holman born 18 Oct. In she moved to Wayne, Maine and taught in the Monmouth school system for 27 years. Although her education and career focused on teaching and reading, art is her passion. Holman published her first book, Come With Me to the Sea , as a way to introduce her grandchildren to the ocean.

She received her M. He was a lawyer who is considered the most important nineteenth-century Portland historian. In , he began a twenty-year partnership with William Pitt Fessenden. In he edited the Journals of the Rev. Thomas Smith and the Rev.

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Samuel Deane. Their journals record their experiences from and provide an invaluable view of 18th-century social and political life. Willis's political career included a term as state senator in and he served as Portland's mayor in Bowdoin College Willis papers collection. Dorothy Clarke Wilson was born in Gardiner on 9 May Wilson in August of that year. Elwin served from then called the Maine Christian Association was named in honor of the Wilsons. In , Wilson began her writing life when she sold a play she had written for the church she and Elwin were serving in Scarborough.

Many of her books had Biblical themes or were focused on the lives of missionaries. He best known book, Prince of Egypt , won the Westminster prize for the best religious book of the year and was also one of the sources for the film The Ten Commandments. Despite the Academy Award it won, Wilson did not like the film and has been reported to have used the word 'flimflammery' to describe the scene in which Moses parted the Red Sea.

Among the many honors Wilson received were honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters from Bates in and the University of Maine in The University also honored her with its Maryann Hartman Award. A large collection of her manuscripts, papers, letters, etc. Hazel Wilson was born in Portland on 8 April She lived on Munjoy Hill and attended Portland schools. She returned to Portland where she was employed as the librarian at Portland High School from to Later, she was a librarian at the Northeast Missouri Teachers College , American Library in Paris , and at Bradford Academy , and was supervisor of Denver school libraries in and Although her library career ended when she married, Wilson's knowledge of children and books helped her create characters and plots that make her books appealing to both child and adult readers.

She was also a book reviewer for publications in the Washington, D. Wood born 2 Sept. She continued at the institution, with its myriad name changes, until her retirement in In retirement Wood published four books, all of which focused on the social history of the Blue Hill region. Her dedication to teaching history has been recognized in a number of ways. In addition, she received an honorary doctorate from Colby College. She began her writing career in her late 20s as a short story writer. Her stories have been included in a number of anthologies, including Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Short Stories In addition to writing fiction, Wood also presents workshops in which she teaches beginning writers how to improve their short stories and novels.

She also has published a writer's guide as an outgrowth of these workshops. Sally Sarah Wood is considered Maine's first woman novelist and America's first gothic novelist. She was born in York on 1 Oct. Until she was 19, she, her parents and her siblings lived with her grandfather, Judge Jonathan Sayward, one of the most affluent men in Maine.

At 19, she married Richard Keating, a law clerk in her grandfather's office. When he died five years later , she had two young daughters and was pregnant with a third child, a son. Wood's first novel was published in It was a melodrama set in France and focused on the activities of the Free Society of the Illuminati. She published her second novel in A fictional account of the real Yazoo land frauds, it tells the story of the schemer Dorval's role in the Georgia land speculation that involved bribes to state legislators.

Wood, desiring anonymity, wrote and published under pseudonyms. On the title pages of her first four books, she was identified as either "A Lady" or "A Lady from Massachusetts. She now lives in Phippsburg, Maine and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stephen Costanza, author and illustrator of children's books, lives in Belfast, Maine.

He spent some of his youth in Cherry Hill, New Jersey studied music theory and composition at Syracuse University, and is a University of the Arts Philadelphia alumnus who is also a musician. Some of his other jobs have included graphic artist, ragtime and classical pianist, and designer of merchandise for sports teams.

His artwork has appeared in magazines, newspapers, advertising and text books. His work has also been exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. Costanza is active in the arts community in the midcoast Maine area. Cote Robbins was raised in Waterville, Maine, attended the Univ. She lives in Brewer with her husband. Robbins was raised speaking French and English at home and has spent her adult life studying her Franco-American roots. She is the founder and director of the Franco-American Women's Institute, and she teaches courses at the Univ.

She is also the author of numerous essays, poems, and book reviews in over 20 journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Much of her childhood manifests in her poems, some of which explore the physical and sexual abuse inflicted on her by her mother's male companions. Laux worked as a gas station attendant and manager, sanatorium cook, maid, laundry attendant, and doughnut holer before moving to Berkeley, California, in , where she began to write seriously. A single parent, she graduated with honors from Mills College , B. English when her daughter was nine.

Laux received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Bread Loaf Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize , and one of her poems is included in Best American Poetry Cape Elizabeth resident Claudia Finkelstein, who was born in Montreal, Quebec, was a Colby College graduate, majoring in psychology and American literature. She earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Maine.

She was from until her death employed as school psychologist in the Portland School Department. She was well known as a jazz vocalist, performing throughout New England as a vocalist for the Joy Spring Jazz Quartet and with many other groups. Retired in , Coursen lives in Brunswick. Coursen received his B. Highlights of his career include teaching various years from to in the Upward Bound program; serving as director of the National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars, ; and, consulting editor in Shakespeare at Princeton University, Bucknell University and the University of Georgia.

Her books are all set in the Nightrunner World. She has completed basic and advanced courses at the Institute of Children's Literature. She has published over 50 stories and articles in children's magazines such as Highlights , Cobblestone , Faces , Jack and Jill and Children's Digest.

Cowan makes presentations and leads workshops for elementary school groups, and she also speaks to community groups. Jane Cowen-Fletcher's children's picture books have been recommended reading for many groups of children, from those who have a parent with a physical disability to those whose parents want to assure them that they are protected. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin from Jonathan Fisher preacher, artist, inventor, scholar, writer was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, and was a Harvard graduate. While at Harvard he developed his own method of shorthand that he continued to use in most of his writing.

His first house, which he built with the help of his congregation, was completed in , with a substantial addition in This later became the ell of an addition that still stands and is open for tours. Although he was noted for his quiet personality, Fisher had strength of character and direction that made him a force in the town. He was one of the founders of the town library and was also involved in obtaining a land grant for the town academy. He was one of the founders and long-time trustees of the Bangor Theological Seminary.

The seminary has an endowed chair, the Jonathan Fisher Professor of Christian Education, in his honor.

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Poet and playwright Hortense Flexner, called the "la grand poetess du Maine" by her friend Marguerite Yourcenar, was a thirty-plus-year summer visitor to Sutton Island, the third largest of the Cranberry Isles, off the coast of Mount Desert. Although she made only brief visits to the island after her husband's death in , her emotional attachment to Sutton was so strong that both she and her husband, noted cartoonist Wyncie King , are buried in the Sutton Island cemetery. Hortense Flexner was born to a prominent Louisville, Kentucky family.

Flexner attended Bryn Mawr College for one year, then transferred to the University of Michigan from which she earned a B. The University of Louisville KY awarded her an honorary doctorate in For a brief time after college she was employed by the Louisville Herald. After marrying Wyncie King, she and King moved to Philadelphia where he was a cartoonist for the Saturday Evening Post and she was an editor.

From to she taught at Bryn Mawr and later taught at Sarah Lawrence College from which she retired in She spent her childhood in Orono, but moved to Port Deposit, Maryland, where she attended high school and served as class president all four years. She entered the University of Maine, attending classes there for three years until her marriage to Lester Warner Jacobs. Flint's husband's work for the Army Corps of Engineers took them to Norfolk, Virginia, where she obtained a roll-top desk that served as her writing center.

The family, which eventually included six children including daughter Eleanor Jacobs Mitchell, who died in , moved to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Slidell, Louisiana. Her first novel, The Old Ashburn Place , earned a national prize for best novel of the year in Flint's success was severely offset by the loss that same year of her husband to the long-term effects of WWI gassing. She renovated the former Pequawket Inn in West Baldwin, in an area which had been land-granted to her father's family after the French and Indian War.

Eight more novels and a flood of newspaper articles followed, but she never achieved her goal of self-sufficiency as a writer. People of all ages and backgrounds were attracted to her quiet hospitality, usually afternoon tea before the fire or bean supper on the porch. Her correspondence to and from these five children in the armed services formed the novel Dress Right, Dress. Flint was active in social and civic affairs, taking notes for characters and dramatic scenes during town and Grange meetings. Some of these sketches are among her papers preserved in the library at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

As a novelist, her forte was psychological insights into family and neighborhood relationships. She was also noted for her ability to convey the speech patterns of the small region between Sebago Lake and the New Hampshire border, the setting for most of her stories. Her essays on family life, the character of Maine, and on national events as they impacted local life appeared regularly in several Maine newspapers and in The Christian Science Monitor.

A life-long member of the Christian Science church, she also wrote inspirational articles for the church's periodicals. Flora grew up on a poultry farm in Union, where her mother, A. Carman Clark, lived until her death in They have two sons, Max and Jake. Flora has written 15 mysteries, including her Thea Kozak series. Flora has taught mystery writing at the Cambridge Center for Adult Ed.

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