In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Rockport Public Library, 1 Limerock St., is hosting a number of poetry events throughout the month. The series kicks off with Jim Ostheimer and Carol W. Bachofner, who will read their own works Tuesday, April 13 at 4 p.m.

Ostheimer was born in Germantown, Pa. He graduated from Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., where he won the Thoreau Medal for creative writing as a freshman. He is a Yale graduate, flew jets in the Air Force and the Air National Guard and is a life-long sailor.

Before moving to Maine, Ostheimer resided in Arizona, where he won poetry awards in the Arizona State Poetry Contest in 2001 and 2003. “Blue Yonder” (2002) and “Harbor Lights” (2004) are available through Barnes and Noble; and “Witness” (2007) is his third book of poetry. All three are available at Rockport Public Library.

Bachofner is often described as a poet’s poet, striving to expose writers and readers to contemporary poetry by way of readings, workshops and classes. She is an experienced workshop and event planner and speaker, most recently being featured as a presenter at the Maine Literary Festival. Bachofner has three published books to her credit: a creative writing manual, “Drink From Your Own Well, a guide to richer writing” (2000); a chapbook, “Daughter of the Ardennes Forest” (2007); and her recent poetry collection, “Breakfast at the Brass Compass” (2009).

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