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Poets to mark National Poetry Month with POETS/SPEAK! at Bangor library

BANGOR — In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Bangor Public Library will host the eleventh annual POETS/SPEAK! 4:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10.

POETS/SPEAK! is one of the largest free poetry events in Maine, organizers said. It will

feature more than 25 well-known and emerging poets, four current and past Belfast

poets laureate, this year’s Poetry Out Loud winner from Bangor High School, and

book sales and signings.

Live jazz will be provided by the Lidral Jazz Duo.

The event also will include the debut of the online literary journal “The Catch,” which features poetry and fiction about Downeast Maine and is produced by the Maine Sea Grant Program.

According to the event coordinator, Orono poet and University of Maine lecturer in English Kathleen Ellis, the event will honor writing friendships and poet collaborations, including conversations and readings by Linda Buckmaster and Elizabeth Garber, Carolyn Locke and Ellen Goldsmith, and Megan Lonodon and Lisa Panepinto.

Newly inaugurated Belfast poet laureate Ellen Sander will read with the outgoing Belfast laureate, Jacob Fricke. Sander has been active in the poetry scenes in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. “Poetry must be intriguing, electrifying, and inclusive,” she said.

Other highlights of POETS/SPEAK! will include Latin love poems read in both Latin and English by James Brophy and Tina Passman, and University of Maine students will present an homage to Syrian poet Adonis.

Light refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to all. For information, call 581-3845 or 947-8336.

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