MWP Published Writers

Richard Kent
Richard Kent,Ph.D.
Rich is the author of 11 books, including young adult novels and books for teachers and writers, athletes and coaches. He has also written a chapbook of poetry. A former high school English teacher, athletic coach, and writing center director, Rich is now a professor at the University of Maine and director emeritus of the Maine Writing Project. He writes about writing and Bailey, his Bernese Mountain Dog, in One Dog’s Writer.  He may be contacted through his resource website  Many of Rich’s books can be viewed here.

Ken Martin
Ken Martin, Ph.D.
Ken is the Director of the Maine Writing Project and an instructor in Literacy at the University of Maine.  Previously, Ken taught English, Humanities, and Drama at Narraguagus High School in Harrington, Maine, and was a technology integration coach in Washington County. Ken completed the Maine Writing Project Summer Institute in 1999, and has since been producer and state project director for our Rural Voices Radio programming. Ken’s dissertation, published in 2011, addressed “Learning to discuss literature online: Where technology design and instruction intersect.”  Recent articles include “Significant response in online literature discussion: A model for technology integration” (Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, 2013), and “Leveraging disinhibition  to increase student authority in asynchronous online discussion” (Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 2013). Ken has also published the monograph “Changing times: A director’s view of adapting the invitational summer institute of the Maine Writing Project to an online environment.”

David Boardman
Dave Boardman is the Mass Media Communications instructor at Mid-Maine Technical school.. He is certified in Adobe and holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Maine.  Mr. Boardman has been awarded the Apple Distinguished Educator and Maine Instructional Technology Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Boardman teaches students professional video production skills as they create documentaries and promotional videos throughout the region. Instruction is hands-on, and includes planning, scripting, shooting, lighting, and editing, as well creating special effects.
Dave wrote the following chapter, “Inside the Digital Classroom” in the book Teaching the Neglected R. 

Emily Morrison
Emily Morrison. M.Ed
Emily studied English Literature and Secondary Education at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT and graduated with honors in 2001.  Emily began her teaching career in southern New Hampshire and currently teaches in A.P. English Literature at Bucksport High School. After her daughter was born, she began writing a book, Investigating the Mysteries of Motherhood. Three children later, she’s still working on it. Emily writes regularly for The Maine Edge and The New Maine Times.  She completed the Maine Writing Project in 2012.

Emilie Brand Manhart
Emilie Brand Manhart, M.Ed, CAS
Emilie teaches English and co-chairs the department at Bangor High School.  Mom to Skyler and Reed, Emilie writes the blog One Mom in Maine which chronicles her life as a healthy-eating, fitness-loving, working mom who trains for marathons and triathlons.   Recent publications include a monthly wellness column in Bangor Metro Magazine, as well as the essays:   “We Come.  We Go.  We Love.” in Mamalode Magazine and “To the Next Acorn” in Marathon and Beyond Magazine.   She completed the Maine Writing Project in 2012.

Jan Rideout
Jan Rideout
Jan Rideout is co-founder of and writer for, an  informational website providing free advice for planning, paying, applying, and excelling in college. She has also published an Ebook titled The Basics for Writing College Application Essays. Her blog was recognized in 2010 as one of the top 4 out of 75 college admission blogs, and her articles from the site have been featured in Ezine Articles.

Paul Frost
Paul Frost
Paul attended the Maine Writing Project Institute in 2006. Since that time, Paul has been active in a writing group on MDI and has published poetry and op-eds. The National Writing Project has published “Native American Student Writers Nurtured by Community, Culture, and Nature.”  , Paul’s reflection on the Maine Writing Project’s collaboration with Wabanaki cultural leaders to establish writing camps for Native American students. Paul has also published various op-eds in the Bangor Daily News: ” Confronting Cultural Genocide, Maine Leads Nation,” “To heal we must learn: a mandate for Wabanaki child welfare,” and “Sovereignty shouldn’t be the right to pollute the Penobscot River.”