CAMDEN — This summer’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the “discovery” of Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay at Camden’s historic Whitehall Inn in 1912 continues with five events in July. All events are free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, July 11, a second “Occupy Poetry” reading will be held, featuring Maine coast poets Ellen Goldsmith, Leonore Hildebrandt, former Belfast Poets Laureate LInda Buckmaster and Elizabeth Garber, and 2012 Maine Poetry Out Loud finalist Brianna Housman. The readings begins at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be served.
The 1992 film documentary, “Renascence: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Poet,” will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 18 at the Whitehall Inn.
Written and produced for Millay’s centennial by Maine filmmakers Vanessa Barth and Doreen Conway with poet Kathleen Ellis, the film was funded by the Maine Humanities Council and sponsored by the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, the birthplace of Millay on February 22, 1892.
On Wednesday, July 25, Mt. Desert Island poet Candice Stover will read and discuss Millay’s letters from her years at Vassar College and in Greenwich Village, Europe, and upstate New York. “Love Vincent: Writing Home” will begin at 7 p.m., and refreshments will be served.
The final two events for July will take place on Thursday, July 26, including a guided walk to local Millay sites, all within five blocks of the Whitehall Inn. The walk begins at 11 a.m. in the Millay Room at the Inn.
At 5 p.m., July 26, the 2009 film documentary, “Burning Candles: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay,” which includes commentary by recent biographers Nancy Milford and Daniel Epstein, will be shown. Seating is limited.
Millay was one of the most popular American poets during the 1920s and 1930s, writing plays and operas in addition to her poetry. She symbolized the liberated woman of the Jazz Age. During the Depression, new volumes of her poems sold 20,000 copies or more in the first months of publication.
The Millay Anniversary Celebration at the Whitehall Inn runs through mid-September, highlighted by a fall reading on August 29, the date of her “discovery” by Caroline Dow of New York City after hearing Millay recite her long poem “Renascence” at a staff party at the Inn.
For more information about the series, telephone 236-3391 or visit whitehall-inn.com/.
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