ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., presents Betsy Headley Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all.

In this presentation, the local poet and photographer will share work from her most recent book, “The Clarity of Birds.” The book features Headley’s images interwoven with her thoughts on beauty and brutality, compassion and aging, and wisdom and wildlife. Of the book, poet Barbaría María has written, “The reverence of years engaged in following birds with her camera, getting to know them, continues to infuse Betsy’s poetry with a finely tuned focus. She is patient with the moment, capturing the fine details of beauty, pain, compassion and insight.” Headley will read from the book and answer audience questions.

Headley is from Swanville. “Something Is Always Left” (2017) was her first poetry book and “The Clarity of Birds” is her second. Headley has a BA in anthropology and art and has taught English in China and Japan. Her photography has been shown in numerous exhibits throughout Maine. Headley’s passion for wildlife, particularly birds, is reflected in her writing and photography.

This event will take place in the library’s Community Room with limited seating. For more information, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. Aug. 11 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line.