Poetry readings at Gibbs Library
Washington — Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, will host an afternoon of poetry readings Sunday, Oct. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. Ruth and Ted Bookey, Robin Merrill, Ellen Richards and George Van Deventer offer diverse styles, promising to entertain and inspire. The event is free; for more information, call 845-2663.
Ruth Bookey fled Nazi Germany with her family for the United States in the late 1930s. She studied art at University of Maine, Orono and at the Rhode Island School of Design. She started writing poetry a few years ago, inspired by her husband and other poet friends. She paints and also teaches Hands On Art for Beginners at the Senior College, University of Maine, Augusta. She designs book covers for Moon Pie Press.
Ted Bookey moved to Maine from New York in 1980. He is the author of five books of poetry including “Mixty Motions” and a translation from the German of poems by Erich Kastner, in collaboration with Ruth. His collected poems volume, called “A W/Hole In One,” was published in 2010. He teaches in the Senior Education program at University of Maine, Augusta. His reviews and criticism appear in many journals and anthologies. The Bookeys live in Readfield.
Merrill is a freelance writer and editor from Madison. She has published two poetry chapbooks with Moon Pie Press and has written four children’s books for Scholastic. Three of her poems have been featured on public radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor.
Richards is a longtime writer of poetry and non-fiction. She has been a teacher, first of sociology at University of Massachusetts, Boston, and later of English as a Foreign Language after she and her husband moved to New Hampshire. She now lives in Bangor, where she teaches writing in adult education courses. She is a founding member of the Seven Sisters writing group.
Van Deventer lived in Washington for 29 years as a dairy farmer. He and his late wife Arlene also ran a bed and breakfast for 12 years, after selling the cows. Van Deventer has been writing poems for 49 years and counts 891 poems so far. He has been active as a publisher and editor, mainly of the poetry journal Off the Coast. He was the founder of The Live Poets Society, sponsoring poetry events in Maine over many years. He was a volunteer in schools throughout the Midcoast, encouraging children to make and recite poems. He lives in Bristol.
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