Framing Maine: Conversations with Storytellers and Imagemakers from the Pine Tree State

Welcome to Framing Maine: Conversations with Storytellers and Imagemakers from the Pine Tree State. This series brings notable Mainers from many creative fields, including literature, art, music, media, and marketing, to the UMaine campus to talk about their life and careers. In each case, their work has helped create the popular image of Maine as a place of natural beauty and wildness, deep history, and local culture. The format of the series combines lecture, performance and conversation, with each event unique to the speaker(s) and topic. 

We are thankful for the continuing support of Bangor Savings Bank for the second year of Framing Maine. In addition, our campus sponsors and partners include the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series, Maine Folklife Center, Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Stephen E. King Chair for Literature.

Framing Maine 4 – Coming October 2019!

Painting of the Stillwater River by Mike Lewis

The next Framing Maine event is scheduled for October 2019 and will feature a panel of contemporary Maine visual artists speaking about their work and its role in creating an image of modern Maine. This event will be linked to an exhibit of Maine art at the Lord Hall Art Gallery on the UMaine campus, co-curated by Maine art historian and author Carl Little, Curator of the Lord Hall Gallery Laurie Hicks, and Maine Studies Director Kreg Ettenger. Paintings like the one by Mike Lewis above and many more will be featured at the Lord Hall Art Gallery. More information on the exhibit and corresponding Framing Maine event will be available here later in spring 2019.

Previous Framing Maine Events

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Paul Doiron and Kristen Lindquist on rock in creek.The third event in our Framing Maine series featured readings by husband-and-wife authors Paul Doiron and Kristen Lindquist, followed by a conversation with fellow author Monica Wood. The event was held on Thursday, November 8th, 2018, at the Collins Center for the Arts and Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine in Orono.

Their readings featured live music by Millinocket musicians Susan Ramsey and Ruth Fogg, who performed a selection of works for guitar, cello and violin as interludes between the readings. The music was at various times haunting, lyrical and uplifting, but always set the right mood for Kristen’s powerful poems and Paul’s gripping passages.




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David Mallett in performance.Framing Maine 2 on April 7th, 2018, featured Maine singer-songwriter David Mallett, a Maine native and UMaine alumnus who has earned an international reputation as a folk musician and crafter of songs, many about his home state. His most famous composition, “The Garden Song,” has been covered by everyone from John Denver and Pete Seeger to the Muppets!

David opened the evening by performing a full set of Maine-inspired songs with his quartet, including Mike Burd on bass, Roy Clark on piano, and Susan Ramsey on viola and violin. His haunting melodies, powerful lyrics and rough-hewn voice painted a musical picture of Maine as a place of natural beauty, hard life, tough characters, and not-quite-forgotten dreams.

Both the concert and interview portions of the evening can be viewed on YouTube and by clicking on the Framing Maine 2 header.



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Framing Maine 1, held on November 9, 2017, featured NewsCenter Maine’s television host and reporter Bill Green, who has told hundreds of Maine stories through his features on WCSH/WLBZ news and his popular show Bill Green’s Maine. Bill is a Maine native and UMaine alumnus, having grown up “a poor kid from Bangor” who worked his way through high school and college.

Bill was interviewed by NPR Washington correspondent Brian Naylor, with whom Bill attended the University of Maine as an undergraduate. Brian probed Bill’s memory of the people and places he has featured over the years in his reporting, as well as sharing some of his own recollections of life at UMaine as a fledgling radio reporter.



Thanks to Our Supporters!

Framing Maine is made possible by support from several UMaine partners, including the Maine Folklife Center, the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series. It is also supported by our primary corporate sponsor, Bangor Savings Bank. We thank these friends of Framing Maine for their generous support.

Those wishing to support future Framing Maine events are invited to contact the Director of the Maine Studies program, Dr. Kreg Ettenger, at or 207-581-1840. Gifts may also be made to the Maine Studies Program through the University of Maine Foundation website. Please note that many companies offer matching gifts to educational institutions such as the University of Maine; be sure to check with your HR representative or donor liaison.