Five poets with strong ties to Tenants Harbor will present the 17th annual reading Friday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, Watts Avenue, just off Route 131 (look for the sandwich board sign). Admission is free; donations are welcome to defray expenses.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with refreshments, book signings and live guitar music by Stuart Bicknell, followed by the reading at 5:30 p.m. Reading this year will be published poets Jonathan Aldrich, Chris Fahy, Elizabeth Gordon McKim, David Riley and guest poet Margot Anne Kelley. The reading typically attracts an audience of 100 people or more, so it is advisable to come early to get a good seat.

Aldrich, from Cape Elizabeth, is the author of six books of poetry including “Foam,” about his summer childhood in Tenants Harbor. Fahy lives in Thomaston and has published 16 books, including a collection of poems; a book of Maine short stories; and a novella, “The Christmas Star.” McKim, an international performance artist from Lynn, Mass., has published five books of poetry including “The Red Thread,” a collection of new and selected poems.

Riley, a writer and mediator from 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. Kelley lives in Port Clyde and has written poems, essays and book-length projects including “Local Treasures,” an exploration of America’s public lands in words and photographs.

The poets’ most recent collection, “Branching Out, 15 Years of Tenants Harbor Poetry Readings,” published in 2011, is an 80-page book of poems by Aldrich, Fahy, McKim, Riley and Mary Burchenal, who has read at many of the annual events. “Branching Out” will be sold at the reading and is available for purchase on Amazon and at book stores and other shops in St. George, Rockland and Portland. For more information, call 372-8958 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or