Camden Conference inspires poetry event

Dec 26, 2012
Ellen Goldsmith

Cushing — Local poet Ellen Goldsmith will present a poetry reading titled Voices of Israeli and Palestinian Poets: Identity, Location and Dislocation Sunday, Jan. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road. The event is free and open to all.

This year’s Camden Conference asks: The Middle East: What Next? On the topic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, what can be learned from the works of Israeli and Palestinian poets — what perspectives do they take? How do their poems talk to each other? Where is the silence? In this interactive session, different voices will read and respond to selected poems. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the poems as well.

Goldsmith is the author of “No Pine Tree in This Forest Is Perfect,” winner of the 1997 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Award, and “Such Distances.” “The Secret of Life” from “Such Distances” was read on “Writers Almanac.” Goldsmith has taught a course titled What’s in a Poem? for Coastal Senior College. A professor emerita of the City University of New York, she lives in Cushing.

The poetry presentation is hosted by the library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 26th annual Camden Conference, scheduled for Feb. 22 through 24. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement and an annual weekend conference. For more information visit; send email to; or call 236-1034.

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

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