Archivist, Maine Women Writers Collection
Jefferson Navicky is the archivist for the Maine Women Writers Collection. He is the author of Antique Densities: Modern Parables & Other Experiments in Short Prose, as well as the story collection, The Paper Coast, and the poetic novel, The Book of Transparencies. He lives in Freeport with his wife, dog, cats, and chickens.
- The Offshore Islands Belong to Themselves: Ruth Moore & Her Poetry
Ruth Moore was one of Maine’s most beloved 20th century writers. Jefferson’s presentation will include highlights from the Ruth Moore collection at the Maine Women Writers Collection, as well as touching on some of her most well-known books including Spoonhandle. He will especially focus on her often-neglected poetry. Jefferson will share a variety of Moore’s poems and invite audience participation.
- Elizabeth Coatsworth & Kate Barnes: Processing the Literary Archives of Mother & Daughter
Jefferson had the rare good fortune of processing the extensive archival papers of Elizabeth Coatsworth, one of the most accomplished children’s book authors and poets of the mid 20th century, as well as the papers of her daughter, Kate Barnes, Maine’s first Poet Laureate. Together, their papers present an intimate glimpse into the makings of a matriarchal line of Maine writers. Jefferson will speak about his experience processing these collections, as well as present illustrative work from each writer, and provide historical and biographical context.
- A Day in the Life of Maine Women: Diaries of Every Day Life
The Maine Women Writers Collection has numerous diaries spanning the 19th and 20th century kept by Maine women across the state whose lives were remarkable in their unremarkableness. In the quotidian passing of their days – from weather to chores to historic moments – the accumulation gives shape and significance to their lives. By sampling and discussing a selection of these diaries across time, we will all connect with the common struggles and small triumphs of what it’s like to be human and to live day by day.