Telling Room announces Emerging Author Fellows

The Telling Room recently introduced its 2018-19 Young Emerging Author fellows. The writing and publishing program offers students the chance to plan, write, edit, design and publish their own books in a single year.

In weekly sessions at The Telling Room, fellows work collaboratively, writing and sharing their work, as well as independently with professionals in the writing and publishing industries, including authors, editors, agents, designers and publishers. Each will publish a book in August 2019.

Christopher Gilbert is a middle-schooler and physics enthusiast from Cumberland working on an informative yet humorous book, by a kid and for kids, about “the strange, mysterious, and wonderful world of quantum mechanics.”

It’s The Telling Room’s first STEM title, according to a recent news release, with STEM an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. 

Catherine Morrissette is a fiction writer from Falmouth working on a collection of short stories featuring young characters “teetering on the edge of what (they) think should be adulthood and what (they) know is not.” Her coming-of-age stories feature magic, heartbreak, bumblebees, and shocking growth. 

Lulu Rasor, a student at Yarmouth High School, will be writing a book of poetry inspired by the men and women of classical myth, ancient history, and fairy tale. 

Pie Rasor, also from Yarmouth, is working on a retelling of the “Twelve Dancing Princesses” fairy tale, giving the princesses their due as fully rounded characters. No matter the “strange trappings,” said Pie, it’s a story about growing up and understanding the meaning of one’s choices.

Maine Maritime Academy scholars recognized

Several local students were among those recognized when Maine Maritime Academy’s annual Academic Achievement Awards banquet was held Nov. 8, to honor the scholarly accomplishments of students and the service of faculty.

Among the 10 students named Scheel Scholars were Abigail L’Abbe, Class of 2020, a Marine Science major from Topsham, and Graham Roeber, Class of 2019, a Marine Engineering Operations major from Yarmouth.

In addition, Matthew Belanger, a Marine Engineering Operations major from Bath, Class of 2021, was one of 10 students named an American Bureau of Shipping Scholar.

Ecomaine funds school grants for recycling awareness

In celebration of America Recycles Week, ecomaine announced $20,750 in grant funding to 13 recipients of its 2018-19 School Recycling Grants, which are designed to raise recycling awareness in schools and communities, and to help schools implement more efficient recycling programs or add composting to their waste collection.

• Deering High School in Portland, for recycling bins and ecomaine stickers

• Portland High School, for replacing paper towel dispensers with efficient hand dryers

• Scarborough High School, for replacing paper towel dispensers with efficient hand dryers

• Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine, in South Portland, for a composting program

• Roots & Fruits Pre-School in South Portland, for vermiculture composting materials and information

Bill Ross, Region 10 Technical High School’s Outdoor Power Sports instructor, supervises siblings Samantha and Jace Moon as they compete to win the “NASCAR Pit Crew Challenge” during Region 10’s Nov. 8 Open House.

From left, Pie Rasor, Lulu Rasor, Catherine Morrissette and Christopher Gilbert are this year’s Young Emerging Artists who are writing and publishing books at The Telling Room.