Buckmaster poetry, prose in Cushing

Mar 14, 2019

Cushing — Linda Buckmaster, writer and former Belfast Poet Laureate, left Space Coast Florida in 1969 and, after a few years of wandering, found herself in Maine. She will share her journey in a program of her poems and discussion of her book “Space Heart: A Memoir in Stages” Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at the Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road.

The program is free and open to the public. The daughter of a rocket engineer on the Space Coast in Florida, in 1962 Buckmaster underwent surgery to correct a congenital heart defect using materials developed for space flight. “Space Heart” is alternately lyrical and narrative, a hybrid treatment of the early days of the space industry and a personal story.

Her poetry, essays and fiction have appeared in more than 30 journals. She had a Notable Essay in “Best American Essays 2013”; and her monograph “Northern Run” with book artist Jan Owen is in the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Book Arts. In addition to a position as adjunct faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta, she has enjoyed writing residencies at Vermont Studios Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts and Obras Foundation, among others.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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