Åarhus Gallery’s as if stories, an ongoing series of readings of short stories by Maine writers performed by Maine actors, returns for another evening of lively literary performances Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m. at the downtown venue, 50 Main St.

The evening will feature three short stories: “She Loved to Cook but Not Like This” by Brock Clarke, read by Morten Hansen; “Slow Monkeys” by Jim Nichols, read by Dennis Harrington; and “Officer Friendly” by Lewis Robinson, read by Nathan Raleigh.

Clarke is the author of five books, most recently “Exley and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England,” which was a national bestseller. His stories and essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, OneStory, The Believer, the Georgia Review, and the Southern Review and been anthologized in “Pushcart Prize” and “New Stories from the South” anthologies and performed on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” His story collection “What We Won’t Do” was the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction. He lives in Portland and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College.

Hansen studied theater at Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, Mass., where he majored in the performing arts. A founding member of the award-winning juggling trio blink, which toured nationally and internationally, he won four gold medals from the International Jugglers Association and twice set the world record for the most objects ever juggled between two people. He has performed with the New Vaudeville Revue in Belfast and is the technical director for the Oddfellow Theater in Buckfield. Hansen grew up in Bath and lives on a small off-the-grid homestead in Troy.

Nichols is a native Mainer whose work has appeared in numerous venues including Esquire, Narrative, Zoetrope, American Fiction, River City and The Clackamas Review. He has received the Willamette Fiction Prize, a River City Writing Award for Fiction and an Independent Artists Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. His collection “Slow Monkeys and Other Stories” was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press, and his novel “Hull Creek” is now available from Down East Books. He lives in Warren.

Belfast resident Harrington has performed in more than 200 plays with the Belfast Maskers, New Surry Theatre, TheatreArtsWorks in Camden and the Waterville Opera House, and he has read for Audio Bookshelf on National Public Radio. He also has also sung (group and solo) on a variety of Maine stages and once sung lead with the Persuasions.

Robinson is the author of the novel “Water Dogs” and the story collection “Officer Friendly,” both published by Random House. Born in Massachusetts and raised in Buffalo and Maine, he graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 2001. He teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine and currently is Writer-In-Residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. Lewis lives in Portland.

Midcoast native Raleigh studied acting at the University of Southern Maine and has appeared in numerous theater productions at the Belfast Maskers, Northport Music Theater, the Penobscot Theater in Bangor and the 15Minute Festival in Belfast. He most often lends his vocals to the two-man rock show, The Class Machine, which appeared at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City last fall. He lives in Northport.

The mission of as if stories is to showcase the work of Maine writers by bringing their stories to life in live readings by Maine actors. Suggested donation is $8; refreshments will be served. For more information, call 338-0001.

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