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    October 6, 2017

    Waldoboro poet, Camden Hills student big winners in VillageSoup poetry contest

    The people and the judges have spoken and the winners have been selected out of a pool of 22 local poets who submitted pieces to The VillageSoup Community Poetry Contest. Karyn Lie-Nielsen of Waldoboro won in the adult category for her poem, "I come from gardens." (The winning poems are published below. Pearl Benjamin, a 15-year-old Camden Hills Regional High School student from Camden is the winner in the youth ...

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    October 5, 2017

    VillageSoup Community Poetry Contest Entries

    We received the following 22 poems in response to our local poetry contest, which we ran as media sponsor of the Millay Arts & Poetry Festival (Sept. 7, 8 and 9 in Rockland). Readers voted on their favorite poems and our committee has met to choose the winners of the competition. The poems were published originally without the authors' names attached so that the judging would be based on the poetry alone. We now ...

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    September 9, 2017

    Millay Fest burns candle at both ends

    There was a standing ovation Friday night at the Strand Theatre for the play "Vincent," which imagines the last hour and a lifetime of memories for famous Rockland-born poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. The play, starring Sarah MacDonnell as "Vincent" herself and John Williams as the poet's devoted husband, Eugen, was the big event capping the second day of the Millay Arts & Poetry Festival. Alva Hascall of Rockland, ...

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    September 7, 2017

    Millay fest begins on rebellious note

    Edna St. Vincent Millay, the poet born in a duplex on Broadway here in Rockland in 1892, was celebrated for her courage, beauty and rebellious politics as the festival in her honor kicked off Thursday morning in Rockland. The Millay Arts & Poetry Festival is being held Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 7-9, and has drawn national "heavy hitters" in poetry and writing circles to the city. Those include 2013 ...

  • Published
    September 6, 2017

    A capital undertaking

    The Millay Arts & Poetry Festival runs Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 7 to 9, at venues around downtown Rockland, the city in which the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet was born 125 years ago. The first-ever fest is presented by Millay House Rockland, the literary nonprofit sparked by the rescue and restoration of the house on Broadway where Edna St. Vincent Millay was born. The family also lived in Union and, ...

  • Published
    August 30, 2017

    Staging a festival for Millay

    Edna St. Vincent Millay was born 125 years ago in a “double house” on Broadway; when she died in 1950, she left a multi-faceted legacy, not only as a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, but also as a playwright, librettist, actor, activist and writer in many forms. The recently incorporated nonprofit Millay House Rockland is dedicated to restoring her birthplace and making it a literary resource. Thursday through ...

  • Published
    June 15, 2017

    A letter from Edna St. Vincent Millay

    On July 25, 1935, a letter from poet Edna St. Vincent Millay appeared at the top of the front page of The Courier-Gazette stating that she was touched by the efforts of the city's Woman's Educational Club to attach a bronze tablet to the house of her birth here in Rockland. You have likely seen one of the many articles written in the past year or so concerning the present effort to restore the duplex house at ...

  • Published
    April 28, 2017

    Literary group takes ownership of Millay house in Rockland

    The Rockland Historical Society transferred ownership of the birthplace of renowned American poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, to Millay House Rockland, a new literary organization created to carry on the work started by the society when it purchased the house in March 2016. The April 26 transfer of the house at 198-200 Broadway will further the commitment of the society to celebrate the legacy of Edna St. Vincent ...

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