Poet Dave Morrison will launch “Refuge,” his 14th poetry collection, with a Blue Café  reading/performance Friday night, Feb. 15, in the intimate third-floor performance space of the downtown Camden Opera House.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the annual poetry party will start at approximately 7:30 p.m. Admission is always free (donations welcome), and a cash bar is provided by 40 Paper Bistro and Bar. The Owl and Turtle Bookshop will have Morrison poetry books for sale.

A high school graduate and above-average guitar player, Morrison grew up outside of Boston and played in rock bands in New England and New York. Tired of carrying amplifiers up stairs, he enrolled in the Creative Writing program at the New School and studied under Joann Beard and Sharon Mesmer.

Morrison is the author of 14 collections of poetry, including “Clubland,” a collection of poems about rock bars written in verse and meter; “Cancer Poems,” detailing his treatment and recovery; and “Psalms,” a collection of 100 micro-poems.

Morrison will read from his new collection; and perform the poetry-electric guitar mash-up Poetry Rocks.  All are welcome … especially those who mistrust poetry.

Upcoming in the series are: March 15, local bluegrass band Miners Creek; April 19, honky-tonk singer Travis James Humphrey; and May 3, Story Time: Moms Tell All! For more information, visit camdenoperahouse.com.

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