Free Poetry Reading Thursday Evening at Whitehall Inn

By Whitehall Inn | Jul 08, 2013

Following on last year’s 100th anniversary of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “discovery” at the Whitehall Inn, this summer’s series will kick off this Thursday evening, July 11, with a reading at 7 p.m., titled “Millay’s Legacy: Poetry on the Coast.” Four featured Maine poets, Jacob Fricke, Brianna Housman, Annaliese Jakimides, and Ellen Sander, will present works by Millay as well as their own.

Brianna Housman of Searsport was one of the ten state finalists in the Poetry Out Loud competition in both 2012 and 2013. A recent graduate of Searsport District High School, the multi-talented Housman will attend the University of Southern Maine this fall, where she will major in musical theater.

Annaliese Jakimides’ poetry and prose have been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Utne, Off the Coast, Café Review, Maine Home+Design, Bangor Metro, Handsome, and Consequence, among others, and broadcast on public radio. She served as poetry editor of Bangor Metro and currently edits the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts monograph series. She also facilitates discussions for the Maine Humanities Council.

Current Belfast Poet Laureate Ellen Sander is a pioneering rock journalist and bearer of witness to the full force of creative ferment in the 1960s. As a poet, she has been active in New York’s St. Mark’s Poetry Project, the San Francisco Scene poetry community in Bolinas, and the Beyond Baroque Center in Los Angeles. She hosts the monthly poetry readings at Bell the Cat in Belfast.

Jacob Fricke, Belfast’s former Poet Laureate, has been performing poetry for over 10 years on radio & television, at fairs & festivals, on the stage, & in the streets. He currently performs with Tom Luther’s improvisational electronic jazz ensemble Algorithm. He is the author of This Book of Poems You Found from the Illuminated Sea Press, which won the 2011 Village Soup “Best Local Author” Award for authors in Waldo County.

The dining room will open at 5 p.m. for those who would enjoy something to eat or drink before the performance at 7 p.m.
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