On Sunday, June 13, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., inaugural poet Richard Blanco will appear on ThePoetsCorner.org in conversation with fellow poets Tess Taylor and Rick Barot, brought to the public in collaboration with Maine Media Workshops + College. These three poets are teaching workshops and craft seminars during Maine Media’s third annual Writers Harbor Poetry Week from June 14 through 18.

To kick off the week, all three will join Meg Weston and Kathrin Seitz, co-founders of The Poets Corner, for a Zoom conversation about their work, the craft of poetry, their personal journeys as poets, and their experiences of the past year. This special event marks the one year anniversary of The Poets Corner. To register and more information, visit thepoetscorner.org/events.

Well-loved in Maine, the state he calls home, Blanco is a historic presidential inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist. His work invites us to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. Blanco appeals to audiences everywhere and inspires a new way to think and feel about the poetry of our day, making it an accessible, inclusive and transformative part of our everyday lives.

Taylor’s newly released book of poetry, "Rift Zone," traces literal and metaphoric fault lines – rifts between past and present, childhood and adulthood, what is and what was. It excavates a deeply fractured landscape with observations that are relentlessly curious. Also just released is "Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange," published in conjunction with the exhibition of "Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures" at the Museum of Modern Art in 2020. A brilliant and enthusiastic teacher, Taylor is the author of five poetry collections and her work has appeared in numerous publications.

Barot of Tacoma, Wash. was born in the Phillipines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published three books of poetry, winning numerous awards and prizes. His poems and essays have appeared in multiple publications and he is the poetry editor of New England Review. He teaches at Pacific Lutheran University and is the director of The Rainier Writing Workshop. His most recent work, "The Galleons," was listed on the top 10 poetry books for 2020 by the New York Public Library.

For more information on the week-long workshop, visit mainemedia.edu. The The Poets Corner is based in Midcoast Maine and hosts virtual readings on the second Sunday of each month.