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Flatbay Collective
      We work in paint, paper, wood, and words. We are a cluster of artists living---happily removed from the national cultural marketplace---in rural, coastal Washington County, Maine. Accustomed to working in isolation, we have become known to one another gradually through a kinship in labor and vision, until somehow Flatbay Collective came together.
     Visitors to our website can view it as a kind of music, the notes of which have their source in the woods, the barrens, the sea, the ledges of our rugged and generous landscape.

Most Recent Blog

Leonore interviewed at River Pine Anthology

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Robert Froese - Fiction Writer

Robert Froese lives on Flat Bay in the solar-powered home he and his wife, Leonore Hildebrandt, built themselves. He has published four novels: The Hour of Blue, The Forgotten Condition of Things, A Dark Music, and The Origins of Misgiving. More recently he has switched to writing short stories. His story, "Pisuwin," published in 2013 in the journal Ascent, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Retired from teaching creative writing and film at the University of Maine at Machias, Robert spends some of his spare time tending apple trees.

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Susan Hammond - book and visual artist

I live on a small saltwater bay in Maine. Along the coast there's a lot of weather and a lot of work, but everything seems to be made of space and is essentially spacious. The energy is full and always moving into different shapes, but it's still all space - this includes me. How to paint this free, obedient, beautiful and wild apparition which seems to be reality? I don't know!

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Leonore Hildebrandt - poet

Leonore Hildebrandt has published poems in the Cafe Review, the Cimarron Review, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, the Spoon River Poetry Review, and the Quercus Review, among other journals. Her translations of Rilke's Elegies have appeared in Cerise Press. Her letterpress chapbook The Work at Hand (Flat Bay Press) and a full-length collection The Next Unknown (Pecan Grove Press) are available at flatbaycollective.org. Winner of the 2013 Gemini Poetry Contest, Leonore received fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, and the Maine Arts Commission. Her poem "Rock Me" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A native of Germany, Leonore lives "off the grid" on Flat Bay and teaches writing at the University of Maine. She serves as an editor for the Beloit Poetry Journal.

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Donna Kausen - bowlmaker

Donna Kausen has made her home in Washington County Maine since 1976. She took up wood turning in 1999. Making bowls, both carving and turning, satisfies the human urge to create something functional and beautiful. Most of her wood is found locally and finished with nut oil.

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Richard Miles - poet

Richard Miles' poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar and American Poetry Review. He works as a stonemason and lives with his family in Harrington, Maine. His collection Boat of Two Shores is available in paperback from the University of Maine Machias Press.

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Brian Dyer Stewart - songwriter

Brian Stewart lives with his family in Harrington, Maine. He has been writing and performing songs about love, family life, politics and peace for more than 30 years. He has four cds, including one of original piano music.

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Tony Brinkley - poet

Tony Brinkley lives in Bangor and teaches poetry at the University of Maine at Orono. He is also the Faculty Associate at the University's Franco-American Centre. A sequence of his poems, Stalin's Eyes, was published by Puckerbrush Press and a second sequence, Gomorrah, will be published by Flat Bay Press in the near future. In collaboration with Elena Glazov and Raina Kostova, he is translating the Zhivago Poems by Boris Pasternak and the Voronezh Notebooks by Osip Mandelshtam. His poetry and translations have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, The New Review of Literature, Shofar, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Puckerbrush Review. In collaboration with Keith Hanley, he is the co-editor of Romantic Revisions, a collection of essays on the poetics of English Romanticism from Cambridge University Press.

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Bernie Vinzani - book artist

Bernie Vinzani is the Director of The Book Arts Studio and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Maine at Machias. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in such venues as The VI International Print Biennial, Cracow Poland, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Das Papier, Duren, Germany, Paperworks Caracas, Venezuela, and the Maine Invitational, Portland, Maine.
As a professional papermaker, he has made paper for and collaborated with such artists as William Wegman, Red Grooms, Claire Van Vliet, Robert Natkin, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ansel Adams. Vinzani's work and has been featured in such publications as Hand Papermaking Journal, The Book of Fine Pape, American Craft Magazine, and Art New England. He has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, Haystack School, Maine, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado, The Southwest Craft Center, Texas, and the International Paper Conference, Boston.