The sixth annual Belfast Poetry Festival has announced its lineup of poets and visual and performing artists from across the state who will be featured at the Oct. 15 and 16 event. Pairs of poets and artists will create new collaborative work for the festival that will be exhibited in downtown galleries for the month of October.

Painter Harold Garde has been chosen as the poster artist, and for the festival he will be collaborating with Belfast Poet Laureate Linda Buckmaster. Other poet/artist teams include: Henry Braun and artist Robert Shetterly; Carol Bachofner and dancer Lisa Newcomb; Jacob Fricke and found materials artist Daniel Anselmi; Leonore Hildebrandt and glass artist David Jacobson; Kristen Lindquist and sculptor Beth Henderson; Dawn Potter and photographer Thomas Birtwistle; Bruce Pratt and painter Alison Rector; and Jeffrey Thomson and metal sculptor Isabelle Pelissier.  Mihku Paul will create text and image pieces with translations from the Passamaquoddy.

On Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m., the Poetry and Art Gallery walk will open with early music singers Ave Stella Maris at the Belfast Dance Studio. The audience will then move among the galleries to see the art, hear the poetry read and learn about the collaborative process. The event will close with a reception at Waterfall Arts Belfast.

The Belfast Poetry Festival is one of the few community-based poetry festivals in the country. The two-day event opens on Friday night, Oct. 15 with Maine Poets Old Home Night, an open reading where the winner of the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest will be announced. For more information about the contest, which closes Thursday, July 1, and the festival, visit

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