Wesley McNair, Maine’s Poet Laureate, will be giving a poetry reading at Southwest Harbor Public Library on Thursday evening, April 17, 5:30pm. Poets and poetry lovers of all ages are welcome to join the celebration. Mr. McNair’s poetry captures everyday lives of New Englanders and is often autobiographical. His writing combines the drama of life with humor and insight. Mr. McNair has won many awards including The Rockefeller, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Fellowships. His poems have appeared widely in many literary journals and magazines. After Mr. McNair’s reading, poets of all ages will be invited to share one or two of their own poems. Mr. McNair will have books for signing.
Through out the month, the Library will be sprinkling the town with poems. There will be “poetry baskets” in various locations. These baskets will be full of poems by many local poets including Michael Czarnecki, Bettina Dudley, Anne Funderburk, Katherine Higgins, Carl Little, Ellen Lehto, Weslea Sidon, Candice Stover, Crow Suncloud, Bowen Swersey, Paul Weiss, and of course, Wesley McNair. Please help yourself to a poem whenever you see a basket. Put one in your pocket. Take one home. Take one to share with a friend. Also, come to the Library and create your own poem using our new magnetic poetry set located in the Young Adult Room. Your poem can be saved with a photograph!
For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.