Rockland Poet Laureate Joanna Hynd will host a Summer Poetry Reading featuring Dave Morrison, Kathleen Ellis and Claire Milliken Monday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Everyone is invited to get out of the heat and enjoy a lively evening with this trio of poets.

Morrison's poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies; and featured on “Writer’s Almanac” and in “Take Heart.” He has published 11 books of poetry including “Clubland,” poems about rock ‘n’ roll bars in verse and meter, and last year’s “Cancer Poems,” plus a CD (“Poetry Rocks” from Mishara Music).

Millikin is the author of two chapbooks and four full-length books of poetry including “Motels Where We Lived,” a 2015 finalist for the Maine Literary Award in Poetry. “Tartessos and Other Cities” and “Television,” both published this year, explore themes of exile and religion. A recipient of the 2015 Lois prize from CALYX and an Excellence in Diversity Fellowship from the University of Virginia, Millikin teaches art history at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Ellis is the author of five poetry collections, most recently “Narrow River to the North” (2011). Recipient of fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts, she teaches poetry and creative writing at the University of Maine, Orono. Poems from her manuscript “Dear Darwin” were set to music and released as a Parma Recordings CD that was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award. Ellis coordinates the annual POETS/SPEAK! event at the Bangor Public Library and has led poetry writing workshops at the Farnsworth Art Museum for 20 years.

Light refreshments and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

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