Bob MacLaughlin of Warren will share a poetry reading Friday, Sept. 9 at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St., with poets Alice Persons and Ruth Bookey. The 7 p.m. reading is free and open to the public.

MacLaughlin will read from his “Faulty Wiring: the Alzheimer’s poems and other memories,” published this year by Moon Pie Press, and also try out a piece or two about his adventures (and misadventures) in Africa earlier this summer.

MacLaughlin has been a newspaper sportswriter, magazine editor and advertising copywriter. “Faulty Wiring” chronicles the dementia of MacLaughlin’s father as well as variety of other subjects including teaching a bird to fly (and hit a curveball), learning the realities of breast cancer, watching kids skip class to protest war, running in the shadows of wrongful conviction and discovering cures for depressed poets.

Persons often humorous poems have been featured seven times on public radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” hosted by Garrison Keillor, including “To My Cat with an Eating Disorder” and “Why I Have a Crush on You, UPS Man.” She is editor and publisher of Moon Pie Press in Westbrook.

Much of Bookey’ work is also laced with wry humor, as demonstrated in her book “Life Class.” MacLaughlin said her poems about escaping Nazi Germany as a young child in the 1930s are unforgettable. She was a painter long before she became a poet, and her work grace many Moon Pie book covers.

The Harlow Gallery is located downtown on the riverside, across the street from Slates and the Liberal Cup. McLaughlin’s book is available at Midcoast book stores and at

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