Millay at the library, on Mt. Battie
Camden — Camden Public Library and the Whitehall Inn will co-host a special event featuring the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11 am. at the downtown library. The event is free and open to all. There also will be readings atop Mt. Battie during the afternoon.
“The Maine Coast in Millay’s Poems” will feature readings, a slide presentation and group discussion on “Renascence,” “Ragged Island” and other poems of place in Millay’s work with poets and scholars Linda Buckmaster, Kathleen Ellis, Judith Hakola and Gary Lawless.
Ellis will begin the presentation with a slide talk about prominent Maine coastal locations in Millay’s life and work, followed by Hakola discussing nature in Millay’s work; Lawless discussing Ragged Island and its place in Millay’s life and poetry; and Buckmaster discussing Millay’s early life along the Maine coast, including the near-drowning incident around age 10 that she refers to in several of her poems.
Buckmaster is a former Belfast Poet Laureate and a faculty member at the University of Maine at Augusta. Ellis, coordinator of this summer’s Millay Anniversary Celebration at the Whitehall Inn, is a faculty member of the department of English and Honors College at the University of Maine, Orono. Hakola, currently teaching Senior College course on Millay, is a faculty member of the department of English at the University of Maine, Orono, where she teaches an annual course on Maine writers. Lawless is co-owner of Gulf of Maine Bookstore, Brunswick, and leader of writing workshops on ecopoetry and human justice.
Poets, Whitehall guests and community members are invited to drive (or hike, as Millay did regularly) to the top of Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park and meet at the Millay plaque for a 2 p.m. mountaintop Millay marathon reading of “Renascence” and other poems. The Millay readings will feature poets Annaliese Jakimides, Lawless, Carolyn Locke, Barbara-Maria, Jim Mello, Bruce Pratt, Karin Spitfire and many others. Members of the public is invited to bring their own favorite Millay poems. Those interested in carpooling should meet at the parking lot by the gate at 1:30 p.m.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.