Jefferson Navicky, an archivist for UNE’s Maine Women Writers Collection, recently won a Maine Literary Award from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in the Drama category, revealed live at a ceremony on June 1 at SPACE Gallery in downtown Portland.
Redwing Solitaire, is a cycle of five short plays about leaving one’s home and how one can never really escape one’s home.
Before MWWC, Jefferson worked as an archivist for the Djuna Barnes Literary Estate managed by the Authors League Fund. Since 2007, he has taught in the English department of Southern Maine Community College. He earned degrees from Denison University (BA in English) and Naropa University (MFA in Writing & Poetics). His fiction and poetry have been published in Smokelong Quarterly, Hobart, Birkensnake, Quickfiction, Fairy Tale Review and many others. His plays have been produced in The Boston Theater Marathon, and multiple times in The Maine Playwrights Festival. He is the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant, and a Maine Literary Award for Drama.
When Jefferson wrote to us, announcing this wonderful achievement, he said, “As always, I couldn’t have done it without my Naropa education, and the friends I made there.”
Thank you Jeff, for Keeping the World Safe for Poetry!