Native to Farmington, UMF senior launches first published book

University of Maine at Farmington senior Carrie Close will launch her first published book in April. She poses with her 8-month-old daughter Zarya. She also has a 2-year-old son, Zephyr. Submitted photo

University of Maine at Farmington senior Carrie Close will launch her first published book in April and will participate in the college’s 2022 launch ceremony in May, when she will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing.

Her book, “What Have I Done?”, is a collection of poems and short stories published by Unsolicited Press. The launch will take place on Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 PM at the Emery Community Arts Center Flex Space at 164 Academy St. The event is free and open to the public, and will be read by Close and followed by a signature by the author.

Close, a Farmington native, attended Farmington schools, attended the Mt. Blue High School and then went to college elsewhere in Maine. However, neither that nor a second college in Colorado met her needs, and she returned to Farmington, according to a university press release.

“After a few tries in college, I just didn’t know the best path for myself to move forward, but I followed the temptation of Farmington’s creative writing program and applied and was accepted into the program, and I’m so glad I did. I did that. ‘ says Closing.

For Close, writing offers a way to process and deal with life experiences. She enrolled in Farmington’s Creative Writing program in 2017 and was awarded the Alice James Director’s Chair Fellowship in 2018. She took some time off from college when her grandfather passed away in 2019, but her focus has always been on understanding her journey of self-discovery and telling the stories that would resonate with mature audiences.

“Many of the poems and short stories in my book came from writing workshops I attended at UMF,” says Close. “My professors have all been incredible, giving me the tools and guidance to become a published author. I have grown so much as a writer.”

After graduation, Close plans to enroll in MFA programs in creative writing and finish her novel.

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