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Finalists chosen for Maine Postmark Poetry Contest

Sep 19, 2019

BELFAST — Ten finalists have been selected for the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, a statewide competition held in conjunction with the 15th annual Belfast Poetry Festival. The final three winners will be chosen by poet Anna M. Warrock of Somerville, Mass., and they will read their winning poems at the festival on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Screened by the Belfast Poetry Festival committee, the top ten finalists will be forwarded to Warrock, who will choose first, second and third place winners. The first-place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and publication in "The Maine Review." Winners will also be invited to read their winning poems and be honored at the Belfast Poetry Festival in October.

This year’s finalists include Matthew Bernier, Pittsfield; Katherine Hagopian Berry, Bridgton; Charles Brown, Owls Head; Kate Chadbourne, Lunenburg, Mass.; Laurence Anne Coe, Rockland; Alicia Fisher, Saco; Alice Haines, Auburn; Jefferson Navicky, Freeport; Mark Raymond, Owls Head; and E. Whitman, Portland.

Warrock’s poems and prose have been widely published. Her publications include "From the Other Room," winner of the first annual Slate Roof Press chapbook contest, and the chapbooks "Horizon" (Great Owl Press) and "Smoke and Stone" (Stone Soup Poetry). Her work appears in the anthology "Kiss Me Goodnight: Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died," and she has held seminars on understanding grief and loss through poetry. Besides appearing in a wide array of literary journals, her poems have been set to music, performed at Boston’s Hayden Planetarium, and permanently installed in a Boston-area subway station.

This year’s Belfast Poetry Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, in various venues around the city. The festival will kick off Friday night at 7 p.m. with a reading at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., with Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum. Saturday events at festival headquarters at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Miller Street will include a Ploughman’s lunch, Belfast Bay Fiddlers, a Lit Fair, and Open Mic. The evening gala at the Troy Howard Middle School will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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