Four poets will give their 14th annual reading Saturday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, Watts Avenue just off Route 131 in the village. Admission is free.

The event will begin with refreshments, book signings and live guitar music by Stuart Bicknell, followed by the reading from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Reading their own poems and one by a well-known poet of their choosing will be published poets Jonathan Aldrich, Chris Fahy, Elizabeth Gordon McKim and David Riley.

The reading attracts an audience of more than 100 people, so coming early to get a good seat is advised. For sale will be books by the individual poets and a limited supply of “Summer Lines, A Decade of Tenants Harbor Poetry Readings,” an 80-page collection of poems by Aldrich, Fahy, McKim, Riley and Mary Burchenal.

Aldrich is the author of five books of poetry and several limited edition chapbooks. His latest book is “The Storks of Edam.” Fahy lives in Thomaston and has published 15 books, including “The End Beginning,” a book of poems; “Limerock,” a book of Maine short stories; “Red Tape,” a satirical novel; and “Chasing the Sun,” a novel inspired by the life of the late Rockland-bred poet Leo Connellan.

McKim, an international performance artist from Lynn, Mass., has published five books of poetry, most recently “The Red Thread,” a collection of new and selected poems. McKim attributes the element of water woven through her poems to having come to Tenants Harbor every summer of her life.

Riley, a writer and mediator based in Providence, R.I., has published articles in major newspapers and magazines; had three plays produced; and published poetry in Yankee, Puckerbrush Review, Southern Poetry Review and elsewhere. Many of his poems draw on his experience of having spent 17 summers in Tenants Harbor.

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