CUSHING — Writer, archivist and historian Jefferson Navicky offers a full assessment of Ruth Moore, one of Maine’s most beloved 20th-century writers, Thursday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom from the Cushing Public Library in a talk entitled “The Offshore Islands Belong to Themselves: Ruth Moore and her Poetry.” Moore’s best-known legacy includes honest portrayals of Maine people and evocative descriptions in a series of novels from 1943 into the 1970s. Moore was born on Gotts Island, off the Southwestern tip of Mount Desert Island and, after a career on the East and West Coasts, she and her partner moved to Maine permanently in the late 1940s.

Navicky is the archivist for the Maine Women Writers Collection, and his presentation will include highlights from that collection, as well as touching on some of her popular books, such as “Spoonhandle.” He will especially focus on her often-neglected poetry, sharing a variety of her poems and inviting audience participation.

The talk is free and open to the public. To register, call Wendy Roberts at 207-691-0833 or email

Navicky also teaches at Southern Maine Community College. He received a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, two Maine Literary Awards for Drama & Poetry and was the winner of the 2019 Maine Postmark Poetry Contest. His plays have been produced throughout New England, and he is a long-time Poetry Out Loud judge in Maine. He lives in Freeport with his wife.