Wormser compares poetry, fiction writing

Aug 01, 2014
Baron Wormser

Belfast — The Maine Writers Talk About … series at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., will continue Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. with former Maine Poet Laureate Baron Wormser offering a talk titled Writing a Poem, Writing a Novel.

The experience of writing and publishing his first novel, “Teach Us That Peace” (2013), will be featured in Wormser’s presentation. He will read from his poetry and from his novel; and talk about the similarities between the two genres that transcend both scale and length.

“Teach Us That Peace,” set in Baltimore, chronicles two very important years in American history — 1962 and 1963 — through the experiences of 39-year-old mother of three and high school English teacher Susan Mermelstein and her 16-year-old son Arthur.

Wormser is the author/co-author of 13 full-length books and a poetry chapbook. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2006, he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. Wormser teaches in the Fairfield University MFA Program and is Director of Educational Outreach for the Frost Place in Franconia, N.H.

The Maine Writers Talk About … series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library. Remaining dates (Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.), authors and topics are: Aug. 26, Susan Conley on Storytelling: Lessons in Risk Taking and Stubbornness; and Sept. 9, Paul Doiron on North Woods Lawmen. Books will be available to purchase at each program. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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