Stephen E. King Chair in Literature

In 2017, I was named the inaugural Stephen E. King Chair in Literature at the University of Maine (Orono). The Chair was established in the University of Maine Foundation with a $1 million gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation in honor of the UMaine alumnus’ substantial body of work and his creative impact. Its goal is to advance excellence in the creation, study, and appreciation of literature and the humanities. Since joining UMaine, I’ve established the Stephen E. King Chair Lecture Series, brought prominent writers and artists to work with our students and local communities, and helped support events and initiatives across campus. To learn more, and to explore the archive of past King Chair events, visit:, follow me on twitter @umainekingchair, and like the King Chair Facebook page.