Four poets will give a reading about Maine’s seasons Tuesday, July 27 at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. at 6:30 p.m. Their readings will come from a new book titled “Maine in Four Seasons: 20 Poets Celebrate the Turning Year,” edited by Wesley McNair and Down East Books.

Each of the participating poets has poems from a different season in the anthology and will read poetry about that season. Elizabeth Tibbetts will represent spring; Martin Steingesser, summer; Patricia Smith Ranzoni, fall; and Kristen Lindquist, winter. “Maine in Four Seasons” includes not only contemporary poets from around the state but also a range of Maine’s earlier poets, from Longfellow to Robinson to Millay. The readers will sample some of the earlier work together with their own. The book’s illustrator, Jan Owen, will kick off the reading by showing some of her original work for the book and describing her creative process.

Owen’s work as an illustrator of Maine literature began with a commissioned piece featuring Maine writers for the Bangor Public Library. Her work with calligraphy has been widely exhibited and is represented at the Library of Congress and several museum and library collections. She resides in Belfast.

Tibbetts’ book “In the Well” won the 2002 Bluestem Poetry Prize. Her work appears in literary journals and anthologies. She has received a Maine Arts Commission Award and her work has been featured on “The Writer’s Almanac.” She grew up in Camden and lives in Hope.

Steingesser’s collection of poems, “Brothers of Morning,” has just been re-issued in a second edition. Individual poems have appeared in the national magazines The Sun, The Progressive and the Humanist. He is Portland, Maine’s first Poet Laureate (2007-09) and used to live locally.

Born upriver in Lincoln, mixed-blood Yankee Ranzoni writes from one of the subsistence farms of her youth in Bucksport. Her documentary poetry, published across the country and abroad and in five collections, is drawn from for classes and archives of Maine writing and history.

Lindquist is development director for Coastal Mountains Land Trust, based in Camden, her hometown. She has two published poetry chapbooks: “Invocation to the Birds” (2001); and “Bald and Ragged Mountains: The Poetry of Place” (2008)/ She writes a monthly natural history column for VillageSoup/The Herald Gazette.

Mr. Paperback will be at the evening’s program with copies of the book to purchase for signing. A group book signing and reception will follow the readings. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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