There will be a poetry reading Thursday, July 22 at 7 p.m. at the Stockton Springs Community Library, 6 Station St. Featured will be Karin Spitfire, George V. Van Deventer and Bob Brooks.

Spitfire is a poet-at-large, poet-for-hire, former Poet Laureate of Belfast (2008 and 2009)and author of “Standing with Trees” (2005) and “Wild Caught” (2007). She also has published online at and in the Unhook Press 2009 anthology “You Say, Say.” Her poem “What Is To Be Offered” has been nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Awards.

Van Deventer has worked as a house painter, warehouse man, truck driver, school bus driver and dairy farmer (he had a milking herd in Washington for 29 years); and he and served with the Signal Corp in the United States Army (1959 through 1961). From 1990 through 1997, Van Deventer was executive director of the Live Poets Society of Maine and worked extensively in the public school system to develop workshops in poetry for elementary school children. He currently is editor of Off the Coast, The Journal of the Live Poets Society, Maine. His poems have been published in: Aurora, Keene State College, N.H.; Kennebec Portfolio, University of Maine; The Christian Century, Chicago; The Woods Runner, Lake Superior State College, Michigan; Puckerbrush Review, Oromo; Saranac Review, SUNY, Plattsburgh; and many others. He has three published chapbooks.

Brooks lives in Concord, Mass. and Stockton Springs. After college (Harvard) and the army (as a translator), he settled into a long-term job as editor at a computer systems company, which he left in the late 1980s. He started publishing in the late ’90s in such magazines as The Beloit Poetry Journal, Mudfish, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Rattle and many others; and in three chapbooks, “Still in Here Someplace” (2002) from Pudding House Publications, “A Story Anyone Could Stick To” (2008) from Finishing Line Press and, most recently, “Three-season Views” (2009), also from Finishing Line Press.

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