Monthly Archives: November 2008

Drama! Excitement! Fiction! Poetry! Words and Images Invades the North Star Cafe

On December 3, at 7PM, Words and Images presents a euphoric explosion of words and love, bringing together local poets and student writers for an evening of excitement, to take place at the North Star Cafe, 222 Congress St., Portland, Maine. This is event is free and open to the public.

The evening’s featured poets will be Melissa Crowe (author of “Cirque du Creve-Cur (Circus of Heartbreak),” whose work has appeared in Calyx, Seneca Review, and The Atlanta Review), and Layla Carroll (a recent graduate of the prestigious Warren Wilson MFA program). They will be followed by a slew of the best and brightest undergraduate writers from the University of Southern Maine, including Words and Images staff members Jill Jacobs, Caroline O’Connor-Thomas, and Aubin Thomas. After this will be an hour of open mic, so that everyone can get involved. Bring your best work, and look for the sign-up sheet when you come in!

The Editors are not Robots (Part Three): Jill Jacobs

jills-bio-pic2Jill Jacobs is one of the two fiction editors for Words and Images 2009. By day, she is a Piano Performance major who studies under Laura Kargul; under the cover of night, she writes, and feasts upon literature to such a fiendish extent that her room currently resembles a library. Though Jill’s two passions seem disparate, she finds each process to be a fairly similar journey towards perfection; both require manic amounts of analysis, and an obsessive, unyielding eye for detail.

Jill’s literary tastes fluctuate according to her mood. Sometimes, she finds she must immerse herself in history books on the Napoleonic Wars; sometimes, she must binge on Russian classics, or partake in a spot of science fiction parody. Jill likes mysteries, be they of happenstance or character, and endings that surprise her. She believes many of the best books sit unnoticed in children and YA sections around the world. For the most part, genre does not influence her; she is willing to love any story, so long as it moves her.

Outside of classical music and literary pursuits, Jill enjoys listening to bands that no one has heard of, watching fabulously cheesy 80s movies, and indulging in retail therapy.

After the completion of her undergraduate degree in Spring 2010, Jill plans to flutter off to graduate school, where she will keep up on her reading and writing, and eventually be overcome with madness when she attempts to apply Schenkerian analysis to anything by Robert Schumann.

Salvatore Scibona, reading from his novel “The End”

On Monday, November 10, at the University of Southern Maine, 2008 National Book Award Finalist Salvatore Scibona will read from his novel, The End. This event is part of the USM Reading Series, organized by Justin Tussing, one of the advisers to Words and Images.

The reading is at 7PM, on the 7th floor of the Glickman Library, located on Forest Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.

The End details a single day in 1953 as lived by six people at an Ohio carnival. Reviewers have called it “Bellovian” and “a masterful novel of serious consequence.” Annie Dillard described it this way: “Full of wisdom, consequence, and grace, Salvatore Scibona’s radiant debut brims with the promise of a remarkable literary career, of which The End is only the beginning.” USM is proud that Scibona will kick-off our reading series.

Scibona lives on Cape Cod, where he is the Writing Coordinator at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His fiction has been published in The Threepenny Review, Best New American Voices 2004, and The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize. For more information visit his website:

Your browser may not support display of this image.The National Book Awards will be announced at the 59th National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, November 19.