Millay Arts and Poetry Festival 2018
September 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Millay Arts & Poetry Festival announces plans for a one-day celebration of Maine poets, featuring more than a dozen established and emerging Maine poets in the Farnsworth Art Museum library on Saturday, September 8, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A reception with the poets follows at Harbor Square Gallery at 5:30 p.m. Both readings and reception are free and open to all.
Winners of the Rockland Library Poetry Contest will open the program. Poets 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. Other participating poets include Kristen Lindquist, Julia Bouwsma, David Paffhausen, Karin Spitfire, Elizabeth Garber, Mikhu Paul, Carol Dana, Joanna Hynd, Steve Luttrell, Dave Morrison, and Maine Poetry Out Loud winner Allan Monga. A musical interlude will be performed by composer and musician Malcolm Brooks.
An open house at the Millay birthplace at 198-200 Broadway in Rockland takes 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.
Millay House Rockland is a non-profit organization that champions poets and the literary arts. It celebrates the legacy of American Poet Edna St. Vincent born in Rockland, Maine on February 22, 1892. She grew up in Camden Maine 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.