Belfast poet laureates head north

Apr 14, 2017

Bangor — Belfast will be well represented at the 15th annual Poets/Speak! Event Thursday, April 27, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

More than 25 well-known and emerging poets, UMaine student poets and musicians will  celebrate National Poetry Month in a 15th anniversary event celebrating Origins: Roots & Sources, in conjunction with the library’s month-long Smithsonian exhibit “Human Origins.” Festivities will open with a musical performance by Dear Darwin.

Festivities will open with a musical performance of poems from organizer Kathleen Ellis’ collection “Dear Darwin,” set to music by composer Scott Brickman and featuring soprano Nancy Ogle and pianist Ginger Hwalek, joined by UMaine student readers. “Dear Darwin,” released as a Parma Recordings CD, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award.

Poets/Speak! will feature readings by Leonore Hildebrandt, Carl Little, Bruce Pratt, Stefania Irene Marthakis and Danielle Walczak; Belfast Poet Laureate Thomas Moore and former poet laureates Ellen Sander (reading from her just-released poetry memoir “Hawthorne: A House in Bolinas), Linda Buckmaster and Karin Spitfire; the Bangor-area Poetry Out Loud runner-up; and many more, in addition to live jazz by Swingmatism and refreshments.

The annual event is sponsored by the Bangor Public Library and co-sponsored by the University of Maine Department of English. For more information, call 947-8336.

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