Millay Arts & Poetry Fest set for Sept. 8

Aug 20, 2018
Source: Library of Congress/public domain Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland — The Millay Arts & Poetry Festival has announced plans for a one-day celebration of Maine poets, featuring more than a dozen established and emerging Maine poets at the Farnsworth Art Museum library, Saturday, Sept. 8.

The program will take place in the downtown museum’s library starting at 11 a.m. and concluding at 4:30 p.m. A reception with the poets follows at the next-door Harbor Square Gallery. Both readings and reception are free and open to all.

Winners of the Rockland Library Poetry Contest will open the program. Poets following, reading from their work, include Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum, former Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl, Rockland Poet Laureate Mary Jane Martin and Belfast Poet Laureate Tom Moore. Also reading will be Kristen Lindquist, Julia Bouwsma, David Morrison, David Paffhausen, former Belfast Poet Laureates Karin Spitfire and Elizabeth Garber, Mikhu Paul, Carol Dana, former Rockland Poet Laureate Joanna Hynd, Steve Luttrell and Maine Poetry Out Loud winner Allan Monga. A musical interlude will be performed by composer and musician Malcolm Brooks of Rockport.

An Open House at the Millay birthplace, 198-200 Broadway in Rockland, will take place the same day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to see progress-to-date of the restoration of the literary landmark. The final and third stage of the building fundraising campaign is under way.

The Millay Arts & Poetry Festival is produced by Millay House Rockland, a nonprofit organization that champions poets and the literary arts; and celebrates the legacy of American poet Edna St. Vincent, born in Rockland on Feb. 22, 1892. She grew up in Camden and went on to win the Pulitzer Poetry Prize in 1923. Central to the mission is rejuvenating her birthplace, a duplex in the heart of Rockland’s historical district.

The community is invited to join in the project of preserving history and promoting poetry in Maine: visit; email; or check out the Friends of Millay House Rockland’s Facebook page.

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

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