COA’s Carpenter to read from his work

BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic creative writing professor, novelist, poet and founding faculty member William Carpenter will read from his work and hold a question-and-answer session at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 7 p.m. The free, all-ages event is sponsored by the Bateau/Jesup Reading series.

After 48 years with COA, Carpenter is retiring this spring.

“I owe it all to COA. In the city it was appropriate to be a scholar, but coming here — this was the world in itself,” Carpenter said. “I felt, if you’re going to answer to nature and this place, you better answer with poetry and not with writing about poetry.”

Carpenter’s first book of poems, “The Hours of Morning,” won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award. It was followed by “Rain,” which won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. The New York Times said of his 2002 novel, “The Wooden Nickel,” “Melville would have approved.” The book is a whale and lobster tale set off the Downeast Maine coast.

“Bill is one of those writers that drives me crazy; he is an incredible poet, and incredible fiction writer, and a really great guy. At my best I can maybe hit two of the three. Bill is the real deal,” said Dan Mahoney, editor-in-chief of Bateau Press. “We are really happy to have Bill Carpenter to close out the 2019 Bateau/Jesup Reading Series.”

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