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Suffrage Centennial Exhibition at Maine State Museum

The Maine Women Writers Collection is one of many participating institutions in the Maine State Museum’s exhibition commemorating the centennial of Maine’s vote to approve suffrage for women. “Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” features historical photographs, stories about people, documents, and artifacts to explore the wide-ranging efforts by many women (and […]

Peanut butter and ramen noodles

On September 21, 2019, MWWC archivist Jefferson Navicky attended the Metamorphosis literary festival in Portland for which Carolyn Chute was the headliner. Before reading from the galley of her next book, Recipe for a Revolution, Chute drew the audience’s attention to the line of hydrogenated peanut butter and packages of ramen noodles that spread across […]

Maine Women Writers Collection celebrates 60 years

Maine Women Writers Collection celebrates 60 years

June 14, 2019

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

MWWC Reading Room

In the same year that Mattell introduced the Barbie Doll and only 35 percent of college students were female, two Westbrook Junior College (WJC) instructors made a pioneering step in the field of women’s literary studies. Grace A. Dow, chair and professor in the Department of English at WJC, and Dorothy M. Healy, a WJC […]

Curator Cathleen Miller participates in Conference on Northern New England poets

Cathleen Miller, curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection, recently participated in the panel “Beyond Frost: Northern New England Poets in the Archives” at the New England Archivists Conference in Burlington, Vermont. Panelists discussed Frost’s dominance in the poetry of New England and explored how place imbues poets’ works, what has and has not been collected […]

1st Creative Fellow: Devon Kelley-Yurdin

In April 2019, the Maine Women Writers Collection awarded its first Creative Fellowship to Devon Kelley-Yurdin, an interdisciplinary artist, educator and cultural organizer. Devon’s practice reflects how they want to interact with the world. Play, curiosity, accessibility, activism, and skill-building drive their work and life experiences. Devon’s practice spans traditional media (printmaking, cut-paper, installation), design/illustration/art direction, event production, […]

Out of the fog: Retracing the Path to Greenland

Out of the fog: Retracing the Path to Greenland

October 25, 2018

11:00 pm

MWWC Reading Room

Pairing Iceblink, a project by artist Carrie Scanga, with the archival source materials from Marie Peary Stafford’s papers that inspired Scanga’s work, this exhibit explores the personal and societal projections of spiritual aspirations onto the Arctic landscape. Stafford’s return to the land of her birth as an explorer in 1932 is documented in her journals and […]

Maine Women Writers Collection event presents endangered art of Wabanaki basketmaking

On October 1, UNE’s Maine Women Writers Collection sponsored an event as part of its annual Donna M. Loring Lecture Series, titled, “Wabanaki Basketmaking Traditions Under Threat? Art, Culture, and the Future of Maine Indian Basketmaking.” The event presented the centuries-old artistic tradition of basketmaking among the Wabanaki peoples (the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Abenaki, Mi’kmaq and Maliseet), while […]