MIDCOAST — On Sunday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., The Poetry Corner hosts five young poets who are University of Maine students active in campus creative writing activities and the campus literary magazine, “The Open Field.” Poets reading over Zoom for “New Voices Rising” include Samuel Mills, Iris Lecates, Paige McHatten, Starla Straub and Rachel Ouellette. Readings will be followed by a conversation among the poets facilitated by UMaine professor and poet Kathleen Ellis and photographer/poet John Paul Caponigro.

Is poetry the realm of the young? Education Week states that “Young adults lead the way as poetry readership increases across the nation: the share of 18 to 24 year olds who read poetry has more than doubled between 2012 and 2017, rising from 8.2% to 17.5%.”

What do these young poets bring to the conversation at this time of turmoil in our human history? What will open our ears, our eyes and our minds to understand the world from these poets’ points of view? Come listen, ask questions and participate in this unique offering from The Poets Corner.

To receive a Zoom link to participate in the readings, register at thepoetscorner.org/events.

The Poets Corner is a platform created to foster community among writers and readers of poetry and short prose. Founded by former Maine Media Workshops + College president Meg Weston and author/writing coach Kathrin Seitz, The Poets Corner is based in Midcoast Maine, and hosts virtual readings on the second Sunday of each month.