The University of Maine at Augusta’s 10th annual Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, the state’s largest annual poetry event, will take place Friday, April 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium; and Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Richard Randall Student Center.

With a theme of Revolution, this year’s Plunkett Festival will feature a special Friday evening multimedia performance by the nationally renowned Climbing Poetree. Interweaving spoken word, video, sound collage and award-winning theater, the Brooklyn-based ensemble has performed more than 500 times across the country and around the globe.

Other highlights of the 2012 Plunkett Festival include, on Friday, the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus singing selections from “White Rose”; announcement of the winners of the Student Poetry Contest; Plunkett family members commenting on the 10-year anniversary; and music by UMA’s En Route Standards Ensemble. On Saturday, there will be a celebration of the life of Herb Coursen with readings by several Maine poets; readings by featured festival poets Henry Braun and John Rosenwald; a Revolutionary Sampler with 13 readings from 13 poets; a panel discussion on poetry and Revolution; Marcia Gallagher and the UMA Vocal Quartet; and an open microphone reading.

The Terry Plunkett Poetry Festival is free and open to the public. For more information and the complete schedule of events, visit or contact Ellen Taylor of Appleton at or 621-3114.

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