ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library presents Stuart Kestenbaum Thursday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. in-person and via Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

The former Maine Poet Laureate will read selections of his work, including from his latest collection, “Things Seemed to Be Breaking,” featuring poetry drawn from black-out images. After the reading, Kestenbaum will answer questions and talk about his creative process. Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written, “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

Kestenbaum is the author of five collections of poems, most recently “Things Seemed to Be Breaking” (Deerbrook Editions 2021), and a collection of essays “The View from Here” (Brynmorgen Press). He was the host of the Maine Public Radio program Poems from Here and the host/curator of the podcasts Make/Time and Voices of the Future. He was the director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 until 2015. More recently, working with the Libra Foundation, he has designed and implemented a residency program for artists and writers called Monson Arts. Kestenbaum has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, The Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Times Magazine, and on the Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry. He served as Maine’s poet laureate from 2016 through 2021.

For a link to the Zoom event, please email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on July 22 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line. There will also be limited seating available to view the Zoom call live at the library, 80 Union St.