Farmington native, UMF senior to launch 1st published book
Carrie Close, a senior at the University of Maine at Farmington, is launching her first published book in April and will attend the university’s commencement ceremony in May 2022 when she graduates with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Her book, “What Have I Done?”, is a collection of poems and short stories published by Unsolicited Press. The launch will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 at the Emery Community Arts Center Flex Space at 164 Academy St. The event is free and open to the public, and will include a reading by Close and will be followed by a signing by l ‘author.
A Farmington native, Close attended schools in Farmington, attended Mt. Blue High School, and then college elsewhere in Maine. However, neither that nor a second college in Colorado suited her needs, and she returned to Farmington, according to a university press release.
“After a few tries at college I just wasn’t sure what was the best path for me, but I took the lure of Farmington’s creative writing program and applied and was accepted into the program, and I’m so glad I did,” Close said.
For Close, writing offers a way to process and cope with life’s experiences. She enrolled in Farmington’s creative writing program in 2017 and was awarded the Alice James Director’s Chair Fellowship in 2018. She took time off from her studies when her grandfather died in 2019, but her focus changed. always been to understand his journey of self-discovery. and tell the stories that would resonate with an adult audience.
“A lot of the poems and short stories in my book came out of writing workshops I took at UMF,” Close said. “My teachers have all been amazing and provided me with the tools and guidance to become a published author. I’ve grown so much as a writer.
After graduating, Close plans to apply to master’s programs in creative writing and complete her novel.
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