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Maine Women Writers Collection

The Maine Women Writers Collection (MWWC) is a permanently endowed special collection of published and unpublished literary, cultural, and social history sources by and about Maine women. Among its goals are to honor and celebrate the work of new, established, and historical women writers, as well as to foster archives-based scholarly work in women’s and gender studies.

The collection includes rare and contemporary volumes, manuscript material, memorabilia, artifacts and artwork documenting Maine women's engagement with regional and national concerns, from the nineteenth century to the present. Jointly overseen by a curator and the Dorothy M. Healy Professor of Literature, the Collection is housed in a state-of-the-art facility and is dedicated as a national Literary Landmark.

The Maine Women Writers Collection
University of New England | Josephine S. Abplanalp Library
716 Stevens Avenue | Portland, Maine 04103 | (207) 221-4334

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.| Please call or email for an appointment.


Poet Betsy Sholl reads from and discusses
her new collection,
Otherwise Unseeable

Thursday, April 10, 2014shollb-portraitMPBN
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
at the Maine Women Writers Collection

What if only by exploring our ruins do we become human?
In Otherwise Unseeable, Betsy Sholl examines this question and others in poetry full of music and surprise, in voices that are personal, invented, and historical.

Sholl is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Late Psalm and Don’t Explain, 1997 winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. A former poet laureate of Maine, she teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College. Sholl lives in Portland.

For more information, click here.

Lecture by Alexandra Socarides, Ph.D.:socarides portrait
"Big Materials in Small Archives"

Thursday, April 10, 2014
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, refreshments at 5:30
at the Maine Women Writers Collection

Alexandra Socarides, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri, will describe the materials that she found in the Maine Women Writers Collection in the summer of 2011 and explore how those resources have transformed her investigations of 19th-century American women’s poetry.

For more information, click here.

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Collection Highlights

Have you visited our digital institutional repository, DUNE?
Explore materials from Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat's papers online. More will be added soon.


Check out video of
Annie Finch's recent visit
with her newest book,
Spells: New and Selected Poems
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Video clips have been added
to two author pages:

Miriam Colwell

Christine Teale Howes


Donna M. Loring:
A Penobscot Voice in
Politics and Community

Donna M. Loring Exhibit


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