Six poets with strong ties to Tenants Harbor will give the 18th annual reading Friday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, located on Watts Avenue, just off Route 131 (look for the sandwich board sign). Admission is free; donations are welcome to defray expenses.

Reading this year will be Jonathan Aldrich, Chris Fahy, Elizabeth Gordon McKim, David Riley and two guest poets, Jean Diemert and Alice Gorman. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with refreshments, book signings and live music by guitarist Stuart Bicknell. The reading, which typically attracts an audience of 100 or more, will follow at 5:30 p.m.; come early to get a good seat.

The collection “Branching Out, 15 Years of Tenants Harbor Poetry Readings” (2011), with poems by Aldrich, Fahy, McKim, Riley and Mary Burchenal, who has read at many of the annual events, will be available for purchase at the reading, and is for sale in stores in Tenants Harbor, Port Clyde, Rockland, and Portland.

Aldrich from Cape Elizabeth is the author of seven poetry books including “Foam,” about his summer childhood in Tenants Harbor. Fahy lives in Thomaston and has published 17 books including a collection of poems, a book of Maine short stories and his latest book, “Gone From the Game.” McKim, an international performance artist from Lynn, Mass., has published five poetry books, including this year, with four others, “Wild Women of Lynn.” 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. Diemert is a lifelong summer resident of Tenants Harbor, a retired teacher, author of an unpublished collection “Twenty Four Moons: A Widow’s Journey” and winner of a Belfast Poetry Festival award. Gorman, author of “Summer in Tenants Harbor” a long time ago, lives in Boca Grande, Fla., and has published stories and essays in Maine Times, Vogue, The Delta Review and O, the Oprah Magazine.

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