Local-for-a-while poet Arielle Greenberg Bywater and her family invite the community to join them for Avantgarden, a farewell party, poetry reading and vaudeville revue, Sunday, July 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the downtown Roots & Tendrils, 2 Cross St.

Greenberg is the co-author, with Rachel Zucker, of the creative nonfiction book “Home/Birth: A Poemic” (forthcoming 2011), and author of the poetry collections “My Kafka Century” and “Given” plus several chapbooks. Her poems have been included the 2004 and 2005 editions of “Best American Poetry” and many other anthologies including “Legitimate Dangers.” She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship, a Saltonstall grant and other awards. A translated volume of her selected poetry is out in German from LuxBooks. She has given readings all over the country including at Harvard University, the University of Chicago and the St. Mark’s Poetry Project in New York City.

Greenberg is co-editor of three poetry anthologies: with Rachel Zucker, “Starting Today: Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days” and “Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections”; and, with Lara Glenum, “Gurlesque,” based on a theory Greenberg originated. She is editing, with Becca Klaver, an anthology of contemporary poetry on girlhood aimed at teen girls. Another scholarly interest is American subcultures and countercultures, and she is editor of a college reader, “Youth Subcultures: Exploring Underground America.” Greenberg is the poetry editor for the journal Black Clock; a founder and co-editor of the journal Court Green; and the founder-moderator of the poet-moms listserv.

An associate professor in the poetry program at Columbia College Chicago, Greenberg and her family have been living in Belfast for the past year and a half while she works on a collection of first-person accounts of the new back-to-the-land movement. The Bywaters have quickly become loved members of the Belfast and surrounding communities and they hope to return sooner rather than later.

Greenberg camped as a child and first stumbled into Belfast in the mid 1990s, while visiting friends staying on Deer Isle.

“It was love at first sight for me with this town. I bought ice cream at the old Gothic, an organic blanket at the Green Store and some food at the Co-op; watched teens skateboard down the street; and I was hooked … I got married here and had children here,” she said.

Greenberg worked on the Poems Downtown project and the Belfast Poetry Festival and worked at the Maternal Wellness Center. She and her husband are members of Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage.

“Even though we’ve only lived here off and on and for a short while, we love this community and feel more deeply tied to this place than anywhere else on earth,” she said.

Avantgarden will feature special guests Tucker Daniels, Prentice Grassi, Bob New, Bethany Louisos, Brian Bellinger, Sara Brand-New, Nate Oldham and more. The event is free and all are invited. Children are welcome and encouraged.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.