KENNEBUNKPORT — The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport, and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance announced that Bridget M. Burns will serve as the inaugural Graves Library Writer-in-Residence.

Burns, a graduate of UMaine Farmington’s bachelor’s of fine arts program in creative writing, will use her residency to work on researching and writing nonfiction about Freedom Farm in Kennebunkport. The farm was once used as temporary housing for at least six Eastern European families who were displaced after World War II.

“There is limited history available on Kennebunkport’s Freedom Farm,” said Burns. “I am excited to spend my residency conducting interviews and writing essays to help educate our community on this unique property, and its history as a transient home for people from all walks of life.”

The Graves Library Writer-in-Residence was created to provide one author from the library’s service area (Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, and Arundel) a private writing room for a term of one year. Burns was selected from a pool of applicants.

“As a creative nonfiction writer with a background in journalism, I am easily distracted until the deadline clock starts ticking,” said Burns. “Working from my home, with the diversions that come with it, has lead to a large pile of unfinished work. I am thrilled to have a room of my own to help bring Freedom Farm’s stories to life.”

The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is available to work with any libraries in the state interested in a writer-in-residence program.

For information or questions, contact the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Executive Director Joshua Bodwell at [email protected], or call 228-8264.