Local artist Maureen Egan and poet Dave Morrison will present a talk about how the creative process, through their respective art forms, has helped them cope with adversity Thursday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

Rockport resident Egan, author of “The Light From Here: A Breast Cancer Story,” will share how making art — both writing and painting — supported her through a series of challenges, culminating in a breast cancer diagnosis in 2012. With the backdrop of her colorful art, her presentation unfolds as a journey of the heart, a portrayal of marriage, self-reflection and adversity.

Egan painted still lifes and illustrated a column for Down East magazine in the 1980s, when she first moved to Maine. After 12 years in the administration at Ashwood Waldorf School, in 2006 she returned to painting and has since has shown her work annually at various venues in the Midcoast. Her art was displayed this winter at the new Ann Hooper Women’s Imaging Center at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, where Egan is a patient.

When Morrison was diagnosed with tonsil cancer, he reacted the only way he knew how: by writing poems, which were published in the 2015 collection, “Cancer Poems.” Born near Boston, Morrison is a writer of novels, short stories, poetry and more. After years of playing guitar in rock ‘n’ roll bars in Boston (the Trademarks and True Blue) and New York City (the Juke Savages), he settled in Midcoast Maine.

The evening will conclude with book signings and card sale. This event, rescheduled from March, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 594-0310.

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