ROCKLAND — On Friday, Aug. 12, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s [collective] group, in collaboration with The Poets Corner, presents a special evening of poetry featuring poet Carl Little and Portland Poet Laureate Maya Williams, in honor of the Farnsworth Maine in America 2022 Award winner, Ashley Bryan. The event takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the museum, and is free and open to community members interested in joining the [collective] membership program. Seating is limited, and registration is required.

Farnsworth current and prospective [collective] members and their guests are invited to attend a poetry reading as part of this event. In addition to being a talented painter and illustrator, Ashley was also a poet. He was known to recite Shakespearean sonnets from memory at parties, and liked to open his events with a call and response reading of Langston Hughes’s poem, “My People.”

Bryan’s friend and fellow poet Carl Little will be joined by Portland Poet Laureate Maya Williams to read their own works in response to the “Ashley Bryan: Beauty in Return” exhibition, and share Bryan’s poetry. Following the reading, guests will be invited to a small reception in the museum library featuring sushi provided by Portland’s Mr. Tuna.

Williams (ey/they/she) is a Black multiracial nonbinary suicide survivor who is currently the seventh poet laureate of Portland, Maine. Williams’s first full length collection, “Judas & Suicide,” will be released in May 2023. Follow Williams’s work at mayawilliamspoet.com.

Born in New York City, Little is the author of more than 30 art books, including “The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent,” “Edward Hopper’s New England” and “Paintings of Maine.” He and his brother David will publish their fourth book together, “The Art of Penobscot Bay,” in the fall. Little has written about Ashley Bryan for a range of publications, including Down East, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Yankee and The Working Waterfront. His review of the current Farnsworth Art Museum show appears in the July-August issue of Art New England. He contributed to the catalogue for an exhibition of Bryan’s artwork at the University of Pennsylvania, scheduled for 2023. In 2021 the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation honored Little with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his art writing. He lives on Mount Desert Island.

Mr. Tuna was founded in 2017 in Portland, Maine by Chef Jordan Rubin and Marisa Lewiecki as the first sushi food cart on the East Coast.

The [collective] is a contemporary Farnsworth Art Museum special interest group that has access to additional local events. This is an opportunity for community members to participate in exciting and interactive programming influenced and inspired by Farnsworth exhibitions, as well as current cultural phenomena and movements.

This program is free to the public. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.