As part of its National Poetry Month events, Unity College will host a celebration to honor the work of Maine poet and writer Lewis Turco Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Poet Michele Leavitt, wife of college president Stephen Mulkey, called Turco a rock star of the poetry world, saying his creative and scholarly works have been critical contributions to the growth of American poetry.

A focus of the celebration is the publication of Turco’s revised and expanded edition of “The Book of Forms,” an indispensable resource for poets since the first edition was published in 1986. The event also will mark the publication of Turco’s (alias Wesli Court) “Epitaphs for the Poets.”

A poet who draws from his experiences as a resident of Maine, Turco has authored nearly 50 books. He founded the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and the Department of Creative Writing at S.U.N.Y. Oswego. He lives in retirement in Dresden Mills.

Light refreshments will be served followed by an open reading of poems in form. The event is free and open to the general public. For more information, send email to mleavitt@unity.edu.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.