Maine Media Women will spotlight Japan and haiku poetry Saturday, Sept. 7. The public is invited to attend what promises to be a fascinating and colorful journey in the footsteps of Matsuo Basho, Japan’s greatest haiku poet, when author Carolyn Locke is the guest speaker at the MMW meeting.

Locke will present an illustrated talk on her new book “Not One Thing: Following Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior” (Maine Authors Publishing, 2013) at the meeting, which will be held at the American Legion Hall behind the downtown business block. Through prose, haiku and photography, Locke chronicles her travels around the Japanese island of Honshu with 15 other United States teachers as part of a Fulbright-Hays Special Project.

A longtime teacher at Mount View High School, Locke is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College; and the author of a collection of poems titled “Always This Falling.” Her work has been recognized by the MWPA poetry competition and was featured in Maine Poet Laureate Wes McNair’s “Take Heart” project. Copies of Locke’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting.

The Sept. 7 meeting, like all MMW meetings, is open to the public, and guests are always welcome. Meetings begin at 9:15 a.m. with coffee and networking. The program follows, beginning at 10 a.m. Suggested donation is $5, $3 for members. For more information, visit or the organization’s Facebook page; or contact MMW President Genie Dailey at or 549-5518.

Maine Media Women is a 60-year-old nonprofit organization whose members include writers, artists, photographers, graphic designers, editors and publishers, web site designers and specialists in both print and electronic media.

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