Camden Meets Belfast: A Celebration of Poetry

Nov 07, 2012
Local poets in the Camden Meets Belfast reading at Camden Public Library are, clockwise from top left, Elizabeth W. Garber, Dave Morrison, Kristen Lindquist and Lauren Murray.

Camden — On Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., four of the Midcoast’s most accomplished poets will share their work in the Picker Room of the downtown Camden Public Library. Poets Lauren Murray and Elizabeth W. Garber of Belfast; and Kristen Lindquist and Dave Morrison of Camden continue a tradition of enjoyable gatherings of writers and readers at the library.

Murray is a performance poet who lives and works in Belfast. She was a featured poet in the 2009 Belfast Poetry Festival with her “The Mystery of Love,” performed with pianist Leslie Stein and modern dancer Joan Proudman. Her latest book, “hear if you dare,” offers 18 poems, each one accompanied by Proudman’s photo-illustrations. The writing and artwork explore the theme of listening within to discover one’s creativity and to experience the divine.

Garber has served as the Poet Laureate of Belfast and has published three books of poetry — “Listening Inside the Dance,” “Pierced by the Seasons” and her newest, “True Affections” — and a chapbook, “The Mayor and Other Stories of Small Town Life.” Three of her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac.” She is completing two memoirs, “The Architect’s Daughter” and “A Last Great Love.” In “True Affections: Poems from a Small Town,” Garber’s long-awaited third collection of poems continues her exploration of a life well lived in Maine. Garber’s poems are grounded in distinctive Maine moments in town and on islands, and capture a variety of voices.

Lindquist works for Coastal Mountains Land Trust in her hometown of Camden. She received her master of fine arts degree from the University of Oregon and worked many summers at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her poetry and other writings have appeared in Down East Magazine, the Maine Times and the Bangor Daily News, as well as various literary journals and anthologies. Her publications include the chapbook “Invocation to the Birds” (Oyster River Press, 2001) and the book “Transportation” (Megunticook Press, 2011), which was a Maine Literary Award finalist.

Morrison of Camden has been hailed as “a hearty weed in the garden of American poetry.”  His poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies and read on “The Writer’s Almanac.” His seventh book, “Clubland,” is a collection of poems about rock bars written in classic form. He will be introducing his eighth collection of poems, “fail.”

There is no cost to attend the reading, and books by each of the poets will be for sale.

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