Teju Cole, novelist, photographer, and critic, will join us at Maine Media August 12–16, 2021 for a series of special events including a public lecture, award reception, and a master class. Learn more here


Teju Cole is a novelist, photographer, critic, curator, and the author of seven books. Formerly the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine from 2015 until 2019, he is currently the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard. In his practice as a photographer, Cole maintains an extensive exhibition history both nationally and internationally. 



Friday, August 13, 2021 3-4 PM

Words for Pictures: Recent Projects
A Lecture by Teju Cole


This in-person LIVE lecture will be held on-campus at Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport (Focus Building, Classrooms B & C). Please RSVP for the live lecture to Beth Storey at [email protected] or 207-975-0500.
The lecture will also be simulcast. To participate in the lecture via Zoom/Live Stream, register at this link: https://bit.ly/2WV0q21

During this lecture Teju Cole will present the photo-text works he has been involved in the past five years and will give a brief account of the decisions behind each of these projects. Cole will also talk about how he tries to balance his vocation as a photography critic with his work as both a writer and a photographer.


Saturday, August 14, 2021, 4–6PM

Joyce Tenneson Visionary Award Reception
Honoring Teju Cole


In celebration of his exceptional contributions to visual and literary media, Maine Media is proud to present Teju Cole with the Joyce Tenneson Visionary Award. Hors d’oeuvres wine, beer, cocktails by Nina June. Held under the Thorne Pavilion, Maine Media Workshops + College.


Monday, August 16, 2021, 10-11:15am

A Master Class with Teju Cole


Teju Cole will conduct a critique of four artists in front of a small live audience. More details announced soon!


Host Committee

Thank you so much to our Host Committee
for helping to bring Teju Cole to Maine Media!




Ann Ramsay-Jenkins


Thought Leader


Richard and Ann Costello

Ellen Slotnick




Liz and Lance Ahearn

Charles Altschul and Alla Broeksmit

John and Gail Bertuzzi

Sheila Bodine

John Paul and Arduina Caponigro

Keith and Mary Collins

James Dillon Studios

Carol Eisenberg

Anna Ginn

Cig Harvey

Rick Hopper

Lawrence Hott

Michael and Rosemary Jeans

Joanna Jones

Steven Koltai and Ivan Zizek

Christine Kondoleon and Frederic Wittmann

Skip Klein and Judy Sandler

Sal Taylor Kydd and Steven Kydd

Amy Lowry

Rachel Mary McCleary

Susan Michlovitz and Paul Velleman

Judith and Doug O’Dell

Cynthia and John Reed

Liv Rockefeller and Kenneth Shure

Larry Smukler

Nils and Karen Tcheyan

Brinkley S. Thorne and Mazie Cox

Rufus and Susan Williams