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Maine Poetry Express approaching the station in Belfast

Jun 05, 2019
Belfast Poet Laureate Arielle Greenberg

BELFAST — Everyone is invited to attend the Maine Poetry Express community reading at the Belfast Free Library, on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. The Maine Poetry Express is a program of the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library to bring Maine poetry and poets to local libraries and their communities.

The Maine Poetry Express, originally designed by poet Wesley McNair during his time as the Maine State Poet Laureate, connects local poets in sharing Maine’s poetry with their community. “The landscape of Maine’s voices is varied and valuable, addressing so many aspects of what it can mean to experience life in this state. Part of the goal of the Poetry Express is to create a space for community members, local poets and libraries to get together and share in that history, often surprising themselves,” said Jan Bindas-Tenney, Program Officer at the Maine Humanities Council.

The Belfast event will explore themes important to Belfast: home, shelter and development. Twelve community members have signed up, selected a Maine poem and have learned to perform the poem in a workshop with Belfast Poet Laureate Arielle Greenberg. Join us in the Abbott Room of the library as Greenberg leads the participants in the reading.

"I'm honored to be part of this state-wide program,” says Greenberg. “Its goal is similar to my own goal as Poet Laureate of Belfast: to help Mainers find contemporary poems which resonate for them. I chose the subject of housing and shelter since it's a vital topic in our community, and look forward to an event that will be moving and thought-provoking."

In addition to work in creative non-fiction and cultural criticism, Greenberg is the author of five collections of poetry, including the forthcoming “Come Along with Me to the Pasture Now” (Agape Editions, 2019); her work has been featured in many literary anthologies, including Best American Poetry. A former tenured professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, she now teaches part-time at College of the Atlantic and in the Maine community. She is currently serving as the Poet Laureate of Belfast.

For the purpose of this program, the Maine State Library has provided specially curated resources, anthologies and collections of Maine’s poetry — from the historical to the contemporary — for workshop participants to read and practice with and for the community to enjoy. “The Maine State Library is thrilled to participate and overjoyed that our Maine Authors Collection, which captures the poetical literature of the Pine Tree State, from Maine’s native poets of 1854 to present day, will serve as a source of inspiration,” said Alison Maxell, Director of Public Services and Outreach, Research & Innovation at the Maine State Library.

All are welcome to attend the free community reading. For more information, call 338-3884 ext. 10.

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