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    Joshua Bodwell, 36
    Executive Director
    Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

    Joshua Bodwell became executive
    director of the Maine Writers &
    Publishers Alliance (MWPA) in
    August 2010, since which time the
    37-year-old organization has nearly
    doubled in paying membership,
    to more than 1,200 people. He has
    revitalized the MWPA in many
    ways, as his Forty Under 40 award
    nominator, board president Sibyl
    Masquelier, notes:

    “Aligning the (state) poet laureate’s
    office with the MWPA; planning and
    staging at least one writing event a
    month in various parts of the state;
    successfully writing grant proposals
    which have put and kept MWPA
    in the black; greatly expanding the
    MWPA literary awards, categories,
    and prizes; creating an active
    Facebook page with 1,000 members,
    re-designing MWPA’s quarterly
    publication “Maine in Print,†and
    now re-launching it as a glossy cover
    magazine; and what I consider the
    biggest coup: partnering MWPA
    with many great organizations and
    institutions, such as the Portland
    Public Library, Telling Room,
    SPACE Gallery, Maine Festival of
    the Book, Bangor Book Festival, May
    Sarton Centennial, Belfast Poetry
    Festival, and the list goes on and on.â€Â

    Before joining the MWPA, Bodwell
    was an award-winning journalist
    with the “York County Coast Star,â€Â
    then associate editor of “Maine
    Home + Design†magazine, and
    principal and creative director of
    North40Creative, a communications
    design studio in Biddeford.

    Throughout this period, he was
    board president of Kennebunk’s
    Graves Library. He serves on the
    board at Engine, a Biddeford-based
    arts organization he co-cofounded.
    Bodwell continues to produce
    journalism, contributing regularly
    to magazines such as “Poets &
    Writers.†He is a contributing editor
    at the online journal Fiction Writers
    Review. His fiction and poetry have
    been published in magazines and
    quarterlies across the United States
    and in Europe.

    A Maine native, Bodwell has
    completed three teaching residences
    at Dulwich College in London. Most
    recently, he was appointed to the
    Maine Arts Commission.

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