Four poets will give their 15th annual reading Friday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall on Watts Avenue, just off Route 131/Main Street in the village (look for the sandwich board sign). Admission is free.

The event will begin with refreshments, book signings and live guitar music by Stuart Bicknell, followed by the reading starting at 5:30 p.m. Reading their own poems and one by a well-known poet of their choosing will be published poets Mary Burchenal, Chris Fahy, Elizabeth Gordon McKim and David Riley. The reading usually attracts an audience of more than 100 people, so it is advisable to come early to get a good seat.

To celebrate their 15th year, the poets will be selling “Branching Out, 15 Years of Tenants Harbor Poetry Readings,” an 80-page new collection of poems by Burchenal, Fahy, McKim, Riley and Jonathan Aldrich, who has read at all previous readings and will read with the group again next year. Paintings by Mimo Gordon Riley from her recent show at the Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland are on the cover of “Branching Out,” which will be for sale after the reading at book stores in St. George, Thomaston and Rockland.

Aldrich lives in Cape Elizabeth, is the author of five books of poetry and currently is writing a verse memoir of his childhood in Tenants Harbor, where he has spent part of every summer of his life.

Burchenal teaches English at Brookline High School, has read her poetry on Boston public radio and has been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. She writes about being a teacher and a mother and said her work is “increasingly affected by being in Maine, as I spend more time here.”

Fahy lives in Thomaston and has published 15 books, including a collection of poems and a book of Maine short stories.

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 over the last 18 summers in Tenants Harbor.

The poets’ earlier collection, “Summer Lines, published in 2006 to celebrate their 10th reading, was critically acclaimed. For more information, call 372-8107 or send email to

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