Attention! The Youth Poetry Reading scheduled for today, January 17, has been moved to Wednesday, January 18, due to the storm. Please try to arrange to attend! I am so sorry for the delay, and grateful for 3S and their flexibility. Our kids were in rehearsal today and they are wonderfully ready. Hopefully, our keynote speakers will be able to make this adjustment. We live in New England and know the importance of staying safe when the weather gets challenging. –Kate Leigh
Megan Grumbling writes poetry, criticism and essays, and dramatic works, and serves as an editor, teacher, and writing mentor. Her collection Booker’s Point, awarded the Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry, is forthcoming from the University of North Texas Press in 2016. Her work has been awarded the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Robert Frost Award from the Robert Frost Foundation, a Hawthornden Fellowship at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, and a St. Boltoph Emerging Artist Award, and has been included in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Verse Daily.
Megan serves as Reviews Editor for The Café Review, a poetry and arts journal, and has since 2004 written weekly theater criticism forthe Portland Phoenix. She teaches at the University of New England and Southern Maine Community College, frequently leads writing workshops and tutorials, and provides manuscript consultations and editing work.
She earned a Master’s Degree in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from New York University’s School of Journalism, and studied oral history, ethnography, and American Studies as an undergraduate at The Evergreen State College.
Megan’s work is strongly influenced by stories, history, and the natural world. She has written a portrait-in-verse of an old Maine woodsman; explored the significance of gold in America through the voices of three historical figures; and contemplated how we inhabit the vessels of a neighborhood, a body, and the deep and precarious blue. [http://www.megangrumbling.
Jim is also one of the co-hosts of WSCA’s Writers in the Round, founded by former PPLP Board Member, Deidre Randall.
Rice Pudding Poetry Series to Feature Richard Foerster in a Program of Maine Poets
Richard Foerster will be featured in the upcoming Rice Pudding Poetry Series on Thursday evening, January 26, in a reading that will celebrate the work of Maine poets. Foerster will share the mike with several “community readers,” including Terry Karnan, Marlane Bottino, Martha Petersen, and Jody Hetherington, who will read published poems they’ve selected for the event. Guitarist Jonathan Booth will also perform. The Rice Pudding Poetry Series is modelled after the statewide Poetry Express conducted by former Maine Poet Laureate Wes McNair, who visited Rice Library for a standing-room-only whistle stop in March, 2015.
“This is not an open mic-type event, rather it’s designed to increase awareness of and pleasure in the poetry world, for poets and non-poets” said former Portsmouth Poet Laureate Kimberly Green, who helps organize the Rice Pudding events. “We’re also interested in the experience that can be created by weaving poetry with instrumental music. This event’s performer, guitarist Jonathan Booth, is an exquisitely sensitive musician!”
Featured reader Richard Foerster is the recipient of numerous honors, including the “Discovery”/ The Nation Award, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, and two Maine Literary Awards for Poetry. Since the 1970s, his work has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, The Gettysburg Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, and Poetry. He is the author of seven collections of poems, most recently River Road (2015), published by Texas Review Press. He has worked as a lexicographer, educational writer, typesetter, teacher, and editor of the literary magazines Chelsea and Chautauqua Literary Journal. For the last 30 years, he has lived on the coast of southern Maine.
The evening begins with refreshments and conversation at 6pm, with the performance beginning at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public, and seating in the upstairs library is limited. A book signing will follow the show. The Rice Public Library is located at 8 Wentworth Street in Kittery. Call (207) 439-1553 for more information.
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