The Everyday Magic of Our Lives, a reading of essays and poetry by two Maine authors, will be presented Wednesday, July 28 at 5 p.m. at the Ocean View Grange, 435 Port Clyde Road/Route 131 in Martinsville. Poet Kimberly Cloutier Green and writer Susan Hand Shetterly both explore the value and mystery of wildness in their nature writing.

In her recently published “Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town,” Shetterly tells tales at turns humorous, poignant and sobering, but always inspiring. She offers an education in nature and moves readers to preserve it. Shetterly, a former wild bird rehabilitator, has written about wildlife and wildlands for more than 20 years. She is the author of the essay collection “The New Year’s Owl” and several children’s books. She was a contributing writer to the Maine Times, and her pieces have appeared in Birder’s World, Audubon Magazine, Yankee and Down East.

Green is a poet, collaborating artist and workshop/retreat leader. Her chapbook “What Becomes of Words” was published by the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Connecticut. Green was selected in 2005 for the Maine Community Foundation’s Martin Dibner Fellowship in Poetry. A recent MacDowell Fellow, she recently completed a second manuscript of poems, “Possum.”

The event is the first in the 2010 St George Summer Literary Series, a program of the Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor. This reading is co-sponsored by the St George Conservation Commission. For more information, call 372-8961 or visit

Upcoming programs in the series, all at 5 p.m., will feature: Aug. 4 at Ocean View Grange, Chuck Paine and “My Yacht Designs and What they Taught Me”; Aug. 16 at Blueberry Cove Camp in Tenants Harbor, Lee Smith and “Mrs. Darcy and the Blue Eyed Stranger; Aug. 21 at the Odd Fellows Hall, Tenants Harbor, the 14th annual Tenants Harbor Poetry Reading by Jonathan Aldrich, Christopher Fahy, Elizabeth Gordon McKim and David Riley; and Aug. 26 at Ocean View Grange, A Reading and Conversation with Alice Gorman and Wendy Chapin Ford, author of the recently published memoir “To Get Back Home: A Mysterious Disease: A Fight for Life.”

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to