Three poets from Midcoast Maine and beyond will read from their newest work Sunday, June 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the downtown Left Bank Books, 21 East Main St./Route 1.

Featured in the afternoon of Poetry Times 3 will be Bob Brooks of Stockton Springs, Kathleen Ellis of Orono and Ellen Goldsmith of Cushing. A question-and-answer period and refreshments will follow the readings.

Brooks grew up in Asheville, N.C. and divides his time between Concord, Mass. and Stockton Springs. A graduate of Harvard College, he served as a translator in the United States Army before settling into a long career as an editor. His poetry has been published in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Puckerbrush Review, Poetry and many other magazines; and in three chapbooks including the newest, “Unguarded Crossing,” just published by Antrim House Books.

Ellis, whose most recent collection is “Narrow River to the North,” is the author of four previous collections and co-editor of “The Eloquent Edge: 15 Maine Women Writers.” She grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and moved to Maine in 1977. She is on the English faculty at the University of Maine in Orono and serves as coordinator for the annual POETS/SPEAK! program at the Bangor Public Library. Ellis has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission and the Yaddo Foundation, among others, and has won the Pablo Neruda poetry prize from Nimrod Magazine as well as awards from the Carolina Quarterly and Southwest Review.

Goldsmith is the author of two chapbooks, “Such Distances” and “No Pine Tree in This Forest is Perfect,” which won the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center 1997 chapbook contest. Her poetry has appeared in a number of journals and magazines including Bangor Metro, California Quarterly, Off the Coast and Wolf Moon Journal. “The Secret of Life,” a poem from the “Such Distances” collection, was read by Garrison Keillor on the Writer’s Almanac. Goldsmith is professor emerita of the City College of New York.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve signed copies of any of the poets’ books, call Left Bank Books at 548-6400. The shop is open daily.

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