Five poets with strong ties to Tenants Harbor will give their 20th annual reading Thursday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall on Watts Avenue, just off Route 131 in the village (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 guest poet Janet Shea. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with refreshments, book signings and live music by guitarist Stuart Bicknell, followed by the reading at 5:30 p.m. The annual event typically is attended by about 100 people, so early arrival assures good seating.

For sale at the reading will be a new collection of poems, “Routes, 20 Years of Tenants Harbor Poetry Readings,” with poems by Aldrich, Fahy, McKim, Riley, Mary Burchenal, who has read at many of the annual events, and five guest poets who have participated in the reading in recent years — Nan Carey, Jean Diemert, Alice Gorman, Margot Kelley and Toni Small.

Aldrich, from Cape Elizabeth, is the author of many poetry books, most recently “Out of St. Orange.” 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 most recently, “Wild Women of Lynn,” with four other writers; Aldrich and McKim have spent part of every summer of their lives in Tenants Harbor. Riley, from Providence, R.I., has spent more than 20 summers in Tenants Harbor, published many articles, had three plays produced and published poetry in Yankee, Puckerbrush Review, Southern Poetry Review and elsewhere. Guest reader Shea lives in Tenants Harbor year-round and published her first book of poetry, “Prayers of a Roadside Contemplative,” earlier this year.

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