Island artists and writers whose work is included in this summer's 10th annual edition of “The Island Reader” were honored at a brief afternoon ceremony on July 2 at the Islesboro Historical Society. The setting was Islesboro's Student Art Show, an annual event that showcases the work of student artists who attend Islesboro Central School; and kicks off the historical society’s summer series of eight art shows held during July and August.

Featuring the artistic expression of year-round and summer residents of the unbridged islands between Portland and Bar Harbor, The Island Reader has been funded and published annually through the generosity of Bar Harbor's Seacoast Mission since 2006.

Islesboro resident, poet and playwright Toby Martin, a member of the anthology’s seven-member editorial board, drawn from Great Cranberry, Isle au Haut, Islesboro, Islesford, Mount Desert Island and Swan's Island, addressed the gathering, saying it was an honor to present copies of the 2016 “Island Reader” to the island's contributing artists and writers.

“It is also appropriate to recognize the Student Art Show as a special annual collaboration that connects the Islesboro Historical Society with the students and staff of Islesboro Central School, and makes it clear how important the arts are to our Islesboro community and throughout the world," he said.

To honor their participation in the anthology, all contributing artists and writers receive a presentation copy; and a limited number of copies of the anthology are being sold at selected island locations.

Deadline for resident artists' and writers' submissions to the next annual summer edition of “The Island Reader, Volume 11, The Saltwater Issue,” has been scheduled for Dec. 1.

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