Tenants Harbor poetry reading Aug. 17

Aug 07, 2017

Tenants Harbor — Seven poets with strong ties to Tenants Harbor will give their 21st annual reading Thursday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Odd Fellows Hall on Watts Avenue, just off Route 131 (look for the sandwich board sign). Admission is free; donations are welcome to raise funds for the purchase of poetry books by the Jackson Memorial Library.

Reading this year will be Nan Carey, Jean Diemert, Chris Fahy, Margot Kelley, Elizabeth Gordon McKim, David Riley and Tony Speranza. The event begins with refreshments, book signings and live music by guitarist Stuart Bicknell, followed by the reading at 5:30 p.m. This is typically attended by about 100 people, so early arrival is important to assure good seating.

Carey began writing poetry a few years ago with a writing group. Diemert, winner of a Belfast Poetry Festival prize, is the author of the unpublished collection “Twenty-four Moons, a Widow’s Journey”; and a novel for young adults. Fahy lives in Thomaston and has published 17 books including a collection of poems, a book of Maine short stories and his latest book, “Gone From the Game.”

Kelley is editor-in-chief of The Maine Review and author of several books including the collaborative poetry project, “The Thing About the Wind.” McKim, an international performance artist, has published five poetry books including, most recently, “Wild Women of Lynn” with four others.

Riley has published poetry in Yankee, Puckerbrush Review, Southern Poetry Review and elsewhere. Speranza was a newspaper reporter and lawyer and has had more time for his poetry since retiring in 2003.

For sale at the reading will be three collections of poems by past readers: “Routes,” published last year on the 20th year of the reading; “Branching Out,” published on the 15th year in 2011; and “Summer Lines,” published on the 10th year in 2006. For more information, call (401) 486-6993 or email davidpriley@aol.com.

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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