Thu, May 27 | Please email jpierce@librarycamden.org

An Evening with Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum

Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum for an evening of poetry to kick off the two-week “Poetry on Windows” (POW!) celebration in downtown Camden
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An Evening with Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum

Time & Location

May 27, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Please email jpierce@librarycamden.org

About the Event

The Camden Public Library and the Stewardship Education Alliance (S.E.A.) are delighted to welcome Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum for an evening of poetry to kick off the two-week “Poetry on Windows”  (POW!) celebration in downtown Camden. Kestenbaum will read selections  of his work, discuss the creative process, and participate in a question  and answer session with the audience. The presentation will take place  on Zoom. Please email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a link to attend.

Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Things Seemed to Be Breaking (Deerbrook Editions 2021), and a collection of essays The View from Here (Brynmorgen Press). He was the host of the Maine Public Radio program Poems from Here and the host/curator of the podcasts Make/Time and Voices of the Future. He  was the director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 until  2015. More recently, working with the Libra Foundation, he has designed  and implemented a residency program for artists and writers called  Monson Arts. Kestenbaum has written and spoken widely on craft making  and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous  small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the  Beloit Poetry Journal, the New York Times Magazine, and on the Writer’s  Almanac and American Life in Poetry. He served as Maine’s poet laureate from 2016-2021.

This will be S.E.A.’s second annual POW! event. It is a celebration  of poetry and the environment. Students in participating schools write  poems that talented scribes draw on shop windows.  A scavenger hunt will  help bring people to the stores to enjoy the poems. This year Maine  poet Brian Evans-Jones will work with students in the 5th and 7th grades  at Camden-Rockport Middle School in preparation for POW! To stay on top  of all of the related events, visit: stewardshipeducationalliance.org

S.E.A. works to increase community awareness of ways to be better  stewards of our local watersheds. The organization furthers its mission  by awarding grants to teachers in public and private schools and  after-school programs in Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville and  Rockport, and by hosting community events.

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