April Author Talks

"Trash Detail: Stories"

by Bruce Pratt

Saturday, April 20

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Lecture Hall

Books will be available for purchase.

Bruce Pratt will discuss writing in different genres and read from his book, “The Trash Detail.” There will be time for questions following Bruce's presentation.

Bruce is an award-winning short story writer, poet, and playwright. He is the author of the novel “The Serpents of Blissfull” from Mountain State Press, the poetry collection “Boreal” from Antrim House Books, “The Trash Detail: Stories” from New Rivers Press, and the poetry chapbook Forms and Shades from Clare Songbirds Publishing. His fiction, poetry, drama, and essays have appeared in more than forty magazines, reviews, and journals across the United States, and in Canada, Ireland, and Wales. He is the editor of American Fiction.


Bruce teaches at the University of Maine and through workshops sponsored by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

You can find out more about Bruce on his website.

Books will be available for sale.

Pratt edits American Fiction, for which he won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association’s Gold Medal for Volume 13 and is the past Director of the Northern Writes Project at Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor Maine. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a BA in Religious Studies in 1973, The University of Maine with an MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing in 2001, and The University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in 2004 with a degree in creative writing. He and his wife, Janet, live in Swanville Maine.


Bruce Pratt’s poems are smart and accomplished. He keeps a close watch on the natural world, and an even closer one on human nature. Boreal is a collection which extends pleasure to insight on every page.  

-Gerald Costanzo

A memorable outpouring of passion and paradox, Pratt’s pitch-perfect poems entwine uncertainties into a retrospective which rather than striking back at experience, holds it gracefully, gratefully, close at hand. Again and again I’m drawn back into these poems of faith, deeply rooted in a man standing firm, chest-deep in the current of each passing, uncertain moment, any desire to be rescued not out of fear but because someone looked for you and not finding you where you should be / dove into the waves for love.          

-Dzvinia Orlowsky


A 2008 Pushcart Award nominee, Pratt’s novel, The Serpents of Blissfull, was published by Mountain State Press in 2011, and his short story collection The Trash Detail was published in 2018 by New Rivers Press. He won the 2007 Andre Dubus Award, and was a runner up or finalist for the 2007 fiction award from Georgetown Review, the 2007 flash fiction prize from Mindprints, the 2006 Ontario Prize, the 2005 Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award, and the 2003 Fiction Award from Dogwood. His short fiction has also appeared in The Greensboro Review, The Boston Fiction Annual Review, The Dos Passos Review, WordSmitten Quarterly Journal, Briar Cliff Review, Portland Magazine, Watchword, The Staccato Literary Magazine, The Gihon River Review, The Dalhousie Review, Puckerbrush Review, Cooweescoowee, Existere, Vermont Literary Review, Hawk and Handsaw, The Blue Earth Review, Diner, Roanoke Review, Potomac Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Platte Valley Review, The Binnacle, Apocalypse, Crosscut, Stolen Island Review, and The Trust and Treachery Anthology


Pratt’s poetry collection Boreal is available from Antrim House Book, and his chapbook, Forms and Shades will be published in February 2019 from Clare Songbirds Publishing. He was the winner of the 2007 Ellipsis Prize in poetry, a finalist for the Erskine J. Poetry award from Smartish Pace, and his poems have appeared in: The Book of Villanelles from Knopf’s Everyman Series, the anthology Only Connect, (Cinnamon Press, Wales) Veils, Halos and Shackles, International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, (Kasva Press) Smartish Pace, Revival (Ireland), Puckerbrush Review, The Hiram Poetry Review The Naugatuck Review, The Poet’s Touchstone, Rock and Sling, Red Rock Review, Iguana Review, Sin Fronteras, The Tipton Journal, Crosscut, The Unrorean, Heartland Review, Wild Goose Poetry Review and The Goose River Anthology.

Nonfiction and Journalism

His nonfiction has appeared in The Truth About The Fact Anthology, Yale Anglers’ Journal, Vermont Literary Review, The Hartford Courant, Bangor Daily News, Salty Dog, Bangor Metro, and Portland Magazine.


His play Electrolysis was performed at the 2008 Maine Short Play Festival and included in the 2nd Annual Northern Writes Festival, and his short play Polygamy appeared in Literal Latte in 2009. Barter a one-act was included in the 2010 Maine Play Festival and The Northern Writes Festival, where it won an audience choice award. Wednesday? was featured in the 2010 0-60 Longwood Play Festival in Virginia, and at Words and Wine in New York City. Beaching, a ten-minute play was part of the 2011 Northern Writes Festival and won the audience choice award. Schubert’s Monkey was one of three short plays chosen for the 2012 Northern Writes New Works Festival, and Memories of Paradise appeared in Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, and in the 2013 Maine Play Festival. His play full-length play The King of France won the 2016 Meetinghouse Theatre Lab's play competition, and his full length play Radio Silent won the same award in 2017. In August 2018 the same group will present a number of his one-act plays.