FINALIST FOR MAINE LITERARY AWARD

I’m a finalist for the 2015 Maine Literary Awards in short works for both nonfiction and poetry. The winners will be announced live Thursday 5/28 at Space Gallery in Portland. If you’re in the area, come celebrate—with all of us. The slate is strong across the board...

POETS/SPEAK!

Saturday, April 4, 2015     POETS/SPEAK!   I’m reading shortly after noon at the University of Maine Museum of Art, downtown Bangor.  This always proves to be an intense and eclectic dynamic of poems and their creators. Followed by a gathering, this year, at...

CHALKING

Not too many places left in which you actually have blackboards and chalk, but Saturday I found myself giving a workshop amidst the scent of chalk, the residue of chalk, and all the memories it brings even though it’s now usually calcium sulfate or magnesium silicate....

FABULOUS RUN READING WITH PORT CITY POETS

Some poets laureate take their jobs pretty seriously—see themselves as providing for the bigger good of connecting the works with the public. Marcia Brown, Portland, Maine’s most recent, is one of those. As a result of her vision, the sweet 80-plus page collection...

POETRY AND POTATOES: INSTRUCTIONS FOR A LIFE

My ideal elementary-school curriculum would… require all children to learn: (1) the times tables up to, say, 25; (2) a foreign language, preferably obscure; (3) the geography of a foreign land, like New Jersey; (4) how to use basic hand tools and cook a cassoulet; (5)...

ANN PATCHETT IN THE SANCTUARY

Ann Patchett: in the church sanctuary in Belfast: with my dear dear friend Harold: rain lashing the luminous windows: strip mall in Nashville: stalker Barb from the bookstore: Parnassus, the mountain where the gods of music, poetry, art live: dogs (Rose!) and retail:...