Maine Poetry Express approaching the station in Liberty

Sep 04, 2019

LIBERTY — Everyone is invited to hop aboard the Maine Poetry Express workshop and community reading in Liberty. 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. On Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., members of the community will select Maine poems and learn to perform those poems in a workshop with poet Ellen Taylor. A week later, the library will host a community poetry-reading event, where all are invited to come together to celebrate Maine poetry.

The reading event will take place on Monday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Library. It will explore the themes of small town life and the natural world.

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. Liberty Library was one of five libraries throughout the state chosen by the Maine Humanities Council to host a Poetry Express program this year.

Taylor, who is leading participants in reading and performance, is a professor of English at the University of Maine at Augusta, where she teaches literature, gender studies and creative writing. She is the author of two collections of poetry, "Floating" and "Compass Rose," as well as one chapbook, "Humming to Snails." Her work has appeared in regional and national journals.

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 main event on Sept. 23. No registration necessary.

Liberty Library has provided the residents of Liberty and Montville with social and cultural programs and a variety of ever-changing materials for nearly 25 years.

The Maine Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit organization, uses the humanities — literature, history, philosophy and culture — as a tool for positive change in Maine communities. Its programs and grants encourage critical thinking and conversations across social, economic and cultural boundaries.

The Maine State Library helps people, makes Maine libraries stronger and transforms information into knowledge.


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