City honors Poetry Festival

Aug 29, 2014
Photo by: Ben Holbrook Belfast Poet Laureate Ellen Sander, left, and Karin Spitfire, one of her predecessors in the post, display the resolution presented by City Manager Joseph Slocum to commemorate 10 years of the Belfast Poetry Festival.

Belfast — Members of the Belfast City Council and of the 10th annual Belfast Poetry Festival Steering Committee gathered Friday afternoon, Aug. 29, at Belfast City Hall for a presentation of a city resolution "In honor of the efforts of Belfast's Poets and Poets Laureate on the eve of the City's 10th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival."

While not quite the eve of this year’s event, which is scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18, the resolution recognized the important place poetry has in the life of the city and its citizens. The resolution was signed by Mayor Walter Ash Jr.; and Councilors Roger Lee, Mary Mortier, Eric Sanders, Nancy Hamilton and Michael Hurley. Hurley created the position of Belfast Poet Laureate in 2001 with the appointment of Bern Porter. The text of the Resolution follows:

“Whereas, Belfast has been blessed with enormous creative talent which proudly includes may fine writers and Poets, and

Whereas, the officially designated Poets Laureate of Belfast have over time distinguished their Art, their colleagues, themselves and this community, and

Whereas, our community of poets have worked with our Poets Laureate over time to expand their individual and collective talents by blending them with other poets, writers, musicians, dancers, mimes, fine artists and storytellers, and

Whereas, our community of poets, led by our respective Poets Laureate have convened and celebrated the Art of Poetry by organizing and presenting nine wondrous Poetry Festivals which have enriched this City and distinguished this community throughout the State of Maine and this nation,

Now therefore be it Resolved :

That the City Council of the City of Belfast does hereby recognize, salute and praise the efforts of all Belfast Poets and our beloved Poets Laureate for their outstanding contribution to the social cultural, historical, artistic and economic life of Belfast and the greater Belfast region.

Your presence and your efforts are sincerely appreciated. By motion of this body, please accept our heartfelt thanks.”

For more information on this year’s festival, visit

Taking a stand for poetry Aug. 29 are, from left, City Councilor Mike Hurley, Ellen Sander, Karin Spitfire, City Manager Joseph Slocum, Brenda Harrington, Tom Maycock and City Councilor Mary Mortier. (Photo by: Ben Holbrook)
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