Camden Public Library will host an evening titled Three Poets Welcome Summer on the first day of summer, Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. The downtown library will offer poetry readings by Gayle Portnow, Carol Bachofner and Wendy Satin Rapaport. All are welcome.

Bachofner is a poet of place; her poems glory in landscape and connect nature to human nature. Bachofner’s poems have been widely published and she is the author of three books of poetry including “Daughter of the Ardennes Forest” and “Breakfast at the Brass Compass.” In 2010, Bachofner designed and led the now annual Poetry Month Rockland. She will conduct a weekend writing workshop as Poet-INN-Residence at Ripples Inn in Rockland later this summer. Launching her new collection, “I Write in the Greenhouse,” she will read a selection of poems from the book and others.

Portnow is a poet of many interests, from weather to cooking to relationships. With a background in design and photography, it is no surprise her poems are well crafted and clear-visioned. Portnow, who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., enjoys life in Camden, where she thrives in the life of fog and sunlight and water. She will read from her inaugural work, “fog and other atmospheric conditions,” as well as other poems written in or about Maine.

Rapaport’s poems take a look at the humorous world of the human psyche. A resident of both Florida and Rockland, Rapaport is a psychologist and professor at the University of Maine Graduate School of Social Work who specializes in diabetes psychology in her private practice. She has studied poetry with Kathleen Ellis at the Farnsworth Art Museum for the past 14 years. She will read from her inaugural collection, “On the Couch With the ‘Good Enough’ Poet.”

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