ROCKLAND — Poets Ellen M. Taylor and Claire Millikin will read from new books on themes of home, liminality, vulnerability and beauty at a reading to benefit Connecting Across Cultures at hello hello books and Rock City Café, 316 Main St., Friday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m.

Connecting Across Cultures, previously known as the New Mainers Coastal Task Force, is a network of volunteers that celebrates diversity and helps new Mainers as they navigate life in the Midcoast and beyond.

Taylor and Millikin will read both individually and in conversation.

Taylor will read from “Homelands,” recently published by Moon Pie Press. Author and reviewer BJ Ward wrote that the collection “shows again how home might not be something one has to deserve… Drawing from many sources, ranging from the Bible to Adrienne Rich to a roadside moose that is ‘[m]angy as an ancestor,’ ‘Homelands’ wide arc seems to cinch closed in poem after poem, bringing so much history, empathy and yearning together in each poem’s purchase. [It’s] a gorgeously-wrought testament about how we arrive at our various homes.”

Millikin writes, “the poems of ‘Homelands’ remind us that even in the desolate times of 21st century climate and human rights catastrophes, the human capacity to witness and create beauty persists.” Taylor is the author of two previous collections of poetry, “Floating” and “Compass Rose,” as well as a chapbook, “Humming to Snails.” Taylor has also published scholarship on Maine poets Celia Thaxter, Elizabeth Coatsworth and Kate Barnes. She teaches writing, literature and gender studies at the University of Maine at Augusta and lives with her family in Appleton.

Millikin will read from “Elegiaca Americana,” newly published by Littoral Books, and from “Transitional Objects,” published this spring by Unicorn Press. Author and reviewer Meghan Sterling writes of “Elegiaca Americana,” “there is a sinister beauty [in this] elegant and haunting collection… These poems create a cartography of loss and redemption… where human meets animal, woods meet town, road meets fence line.” Poet and activist Mihku Paul writes “Claire Millikin’s ‘Elegiaca Americana’ draws from the deep well of experience and keen observation of human vulnerability.” Of Millikin’s poetry, poet and scholar Wayne Koestenbaum said “Claire Millikin’s lines condense paradoxical and painful experience into glittering musical constellations — an expressionist torrent, informed by a neoclassical taste for symmetry and keen closure. Defying all jurisdiction, her lyrics evade their own meticulous borders, and reach with astonishing poignancy into a zone of pure, lancing attestation: the Cassandra-clarity of soulful witness.”

Millikin is the author of nine books of poetry, including “Dolls,” a semifinalist for the 2022 PSV Poetry Book Award for North American Writers & Publishers. As editor of “Enough! Poetry of Resistance and Protest” she received a 2021 Maine Literary Award. Millikin teaches art history at the University of Maine and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.

The reading is free to the public, and sliding scale donations and a portion of all sales will be donated to Connecting Across Cultures. Drinks and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact hello hello books at or 207-593-7780.