Postmark Poetry Contest finalists named

Sep 13, 2018

Belfast — The 14th annual Belfast Poetry Festival has announced the finalists in its 2018 Postmark Poetry Contest. More than 150 entries from across Maine were reviewed and 10 finalists were chosen.

The finalists are Mike Bove, Portland; Laura Bonazzoli, Rockport; Laurence Anne Coe, Rockland; Erin Flynn, Auburn; Jay Franzel, Wayne; Leonore Hildebrandt, Harrington; Rebecca Jessup, Belfast; James McKenna, Hallowell; Lee Sharkey, Portland; and David Sloan, Brunswick.

Timothy Liu will be the final judge, and results will be decided later this month. Liu (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, Calif., to immigrant parents from mainland China. He is the author of 10 books of poems including “Of Thee I Sing,” selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year. His work has been translated into 10 languages. Liu currently is a professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

The Belfast Poetry Festival will begin Thursday, Oct. 11, with a reading at Waterfall Arts by poets in “3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian, and New England Writers”; and continues Friday, Oct. 12, with a reading at Left Bank Books by Belfast Poet Laureate Thomas Moore and John Rosenwald from Farmington. Activities will be offered all day Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Crosby Center, including workshops and a pop-up poetry reading. The Celebration of Poetry and Art will be that evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy Howard Middle School. For more information, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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