The annual Belfast Poetry Festival marks its 13th year with a full plate of poetry, community and artistic possibility Saturday, Oct. 14, in the theater of the Troy A. Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave./Route 52.

An all-arts festival in which poetry is the driving force, the event is one part variety show, one part short film festival, one part art exhibit and one part literary showcase. All events are free and open to the public.

The annual celebration features choral and instrumental music, live readings, projected artwork, multimedia presentations and more. The showcase lineup includes poet Cate Marvin and abstract artist Ragna Bruno; poet Sharif S. Elmusa and multimedia artist Susan Smith; poet Jacques J. Rancourt and animator and printmaker Scott Minzy; poet Kifah Abdulla with oud player Thomas Kovacevic; the work of poet Wendy Burk and choral artist Erica Quin-Easter, presented by Pretty Girls Sing Soprano; poet Michelle Menting and poet and visual artist Jodi Paloni; and poet Mark Melnicove and abstract artist Terry Winters.

In addition to the presentation of poetry, visual art and performing arts collaborations, the 2017 festival will include readings of the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest winning poems (see story linked below).

The fest opens with a reception at 6 p.m., with the presentations beginning 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Belfast Poetry Festival is one of the few community-based, non-academic literary festivals in the country. For more information on all participants and more, visit

In addition to the festival’s main programming, former Belfast Poet Laureate Linda Buckmaster and other poets will present a Pop-Up Poetry Open Mic Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Reading spots will be saved for poets from outside Waldo County. Signup is at 1:45 p.m.; bring one or two poems.

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