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The PUCKERBRUSH REVIEW literary magazine is published twice-a-year by the English Department of the University of Maine. A print-only journal, PR was founded and edited by Constance Hunting. Now edited by Sanford Phippen. PR publishes quality poetry, short stories, literary essays and reviews.


Please Submit your poetry, short stories, literary essays and reviews through this link. Hard-copy submissions will no longer be accepted.



Board Member Profiles:



Farnham (Mike) Blair


Mike Blair was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He received his B.A. in English at Yale and his M.A. in English Literature at Georgetown. Mike was a researcher in provenance for the Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. He has taught at a variety of schools, private and public; the last 17 years before retirement, Mike taught English and Writing at Orono High School (Maine).

He is the author of five books (two of poetry, two of essays about art; one memoir of his childhood), all published by Puckerbrush Press. A number of literary magazines have published his poems, short fiction pieces, essays, translations, photographs, and reviews. Mike Blair is an emeritus trustee of Kneisel Hall; he leads discussions for Colloquy Downeast; he has served on numerous boards, but now he serves only the Blue Hill Concert Association and does some volunteer work. At Puckerbrush Review, Mike Blair shares the position of Assistant to the Editor with Paul Bauschatz.


Affiliated Website :http://www.eandh.com/poetry/



Martha Tod Dudman


Martha Tod Dudman was born in St. Louis, Missouri, raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She moved to Maine in 1975, first to Little Cranberry Island, and then to Northeast Harbor, where she raised her son and daughter and where she still lives today.

Dudman served as president and general manager of a group of radio stations in Ellsworth and Bangor for ten years, and then as a professional fundraising consultant with Gary Friedmann & Associates.  Among other projects, she managed capital campaigns for the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor and the Northeast Harbor Library. An active member of several local, state, and national organizations, Dudman has served as President of the Maine Association of Broadcasters and President of the Bangor Rotary Club.  She is a Director of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  She is a Paul Harris Fellow and a recipient of the Deborah Morton Award.

Martha Tod Dudman is the author of four books: Dawn (Puckerbrush Press, 1989), Augusta, Gone (Simon & Schuster, 2001), and Expecting to Fly (Simon & Schuster, 2004).  Augusta, Gone was winner of the 2002 Books for a Better Life Award and was released as a Lifetime film in 2006.  Dudman’s essay, Leaving the Island, was included in the anthology The Empty Nest (Hyperion, 2007), and her new novel, Black Olives, was published by Simon & Schuster earlier this year.


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Sandra Hutchison

Sandra Lynn Hutchison has published two books, a work of creative non-fiction titled Chinese Brushstrokes: Stories of China (Turnstone Press, 1996), and a book of poetry, The Art of Nesting (GR: Oxford, England, 2008). Chinese Brushstrokes was chosen by Canadian editors as a book of the year, and some of the poetry that appears in The Art of Nesting was awarded an Emily Dickinson Poetry Prize by Universities West Press (2005) Hutchison has been the recipient of many other academic and literary awards and grants. She has published numerous poems, stories, pieces of journalism, and articles of literary criticism. Her novel, The Red Pen Society, is forthcoming in 2009.

Hutchison currently serves as the poetry editor of Puckerbrush Review. She holds a Ph.D. in Regional Literatures from the University of Toronto. For her doctoral dissertation, she wrote a literary biography of modernist poet Dorothy Livesay. She subsequently won a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, which she held at the University of British Columbia and used to research the literary leftwing movement of the 1930s. Hutchison has lived and traveled in Asia, India, and the Middle East, working as a teacher and a journalist. For more than a decade now, she has lived in Orono, Maine, where she works as a full-time writer and a part-time professor of Maine Literature, Canadian Literature, and Cross-Border Studies.


Affiliate Website: http://slhbooks.mybisi.com/



Naomi Jacobs


Naomi Jacobs is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Maine, where she teaches courses in British and American fiction, utopian literature, and feminist theory. Naomi serves as a member of the board for the Puckerbrush Review.


Affiliated Website: http://www.umaine.edu/english/faculty/njacobs.htm



Margo Lukens
Margo Lukens was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.  She attended Harvard University (A.B. 1977) and the University of Colorado (M.A. 1986; Ph.D. 1991).


Lukens, former chair of the University of Maine Department of English, now serves as Director of Academic Programs in the Bion & Dorain Foster Innovation Center on campus.  She teaches both Innovation and English courses: 18th- & 19th-century Anglo-American and Native American literature, and College Composition. 


Dr. Lukens’s research interests include Native American and mixed blood writers; Wabanaki literary and storytelling history; Native American and First Nations plays and playwrights; innovation and antiracism work.  Her work has included producing and directing Native American plays on campus and in the region, as well as mentoring Native students and community members interested in theater.  Recently she edited the new UCLA volume Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers and other untold stories: five plays by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. (2009).  She presently serves as fiscal agent for Puckerbrush Review.


Affiliated Website: http://www.umaine.edu/english/facultypages/lukens.htm


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Paige Mitchell

Paige Mitchell graduated from the University of Maine, as an English major with a double concentration increative writing, and business and technical writing; and as a member of theHonors College. She has been working for Puckerbrush for the past three years; she also researches and writes for Franco-American Centre, tutors at the University’s Writing Center, volunteers for the LiteracyVolunteers of Bangor, and is a single mother of Lilly Constance Mitchell who is three years old. This fall (2009) she will begin graduate school at the University of Maine in English as a teaching assistant.


Jesse Priest


Jesse Priest is currently a senior undergraduate at the University of Maine, pursuing a double major in English and History. Within his English major, he has completed concentrations in both literary critical writing and creative writing; within his History major, he is finishing a concentration in European History. Jesse has also worked at the UMaine Writing Center for two years, and attended the 2007 National Conference of Peer Tutors in Writing at Penn State University, where he along with four other Peer Writing Tutors from UMaine led a panel discussion on the role of identity and collaboration in the tutoring process.

Attempting to keep one foot in the world of critical writing and one in the world of creative writing, Jesse also works as the fiction editor-in-chief for the Maine Review, UMaine's official undergraduate literary magazine. Outside of academics, Jesse enjoys community service, having worked with local Habitat for Humanity chapters as well as actively participating in the Rotaract Club, which included a trip to New Orleans in the spring of 2008 to help rebuild the wetlands. Jesse is currently looking into graduate schools.


Emily Tupper


Emily Tupper is a third year English major with minors in Biology and Communications at the University of Maine, Orono. She has spent the past five years involved in seabird research, including a summer as a research assistant on the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Sanctuary in California and a supervisor on Pond Island National Wildlife Sanctuary in Maine. In 2004, she received the American Museum of Natural History's “Young Naturalist Award” for her research on the Common Periwinkle (Littorina littorea). The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) have published her research.
Through her studies, she hopes to combine her interests and to contribute to the field of science writing and communications.