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An Afternoon of Poetry with Deborah Cummins


Deborah Cummins is the author of three poetry collections, Until They Catch Fire (2020), Counting the Waves (2006), and Beyond The Reach (2002), as well as a collection of personal essays, Here and Away: Discovering Home on an Island in Maine (2012). Her poems and essays have appeared in six anthologies and numerous literary magazines. Her poems have also been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Maine Public Radio’s Poems From Here and the Maine Sunday Telegram’s weekly poetry column, Deep Water. Her numerous awards include a James Michener Fellowship, the 2013 and 2012 Maine Literary Award for Short Works in Nonfiction and a Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2013 Book Award Finalist.

Deborah earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Houston in 1995. She’s been the assistant director of the White River Writers’ Workshop at Lyon College in Arkansas, a faculty member of the Down East Writers’ Conference in Deer Isle, Maine and for a number of years curated poetry events for Opera House Arts in Stonington, Maine. She has given numerous public readings and talks in a variety of venues, including bookstores, libraries, radio programs, festivals and conferences.

Formerly from Chicago, Deborah resides with her husband in Portland and Deer Isle, Maine. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, photography, hiking, cooking, tinkering in the garden and being captivated by the tides and ever-changing shoreline.

"Cummins is a poet with both hands in plain sight. No manipulative literary affections, no illustrations of theory, no personal mission other than to address us directly, with clarity, authenticity, and, above all, with generosity."

--Ted Kooser, Former U.S. Poet Laureate

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