TRESCOTT, Maine — The Cobscook Community Learning Center will host Three Class Acts, An Evening of Poetry and Performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Portland campus of the University of New England. The event will feature nationally known slam poet and performance artist Taylor Mali, and Elizabeth Peavey and Gary Lawless. Offered in collaboration with the University of New England, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the event will serve as a benefit for the center.
Tickets are $15 per person, $12 students with ID. Tickets are available for a pre-performance reception with the poets at a cost of $35, which includes preferred seating at the show. Tickets to this event are available at http://www.thecclc.org or by calling 207- 733-2233.
Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. He is a veteran of the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam,” and has won the National Poetry Slam championship four times. A vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, Mali himself spent nine years as a classroom teacher, making him a perfect advocate for the CCLC, which offers innovative, experiential learning opportunities for people in Downeast Maine. Mali’s latest book, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World, was released in March 2012, and is an impassioned defense of teachers and why our society needs them now more than ever. For a sample of one of Mali’s most well-loved pieces, and the one which spawned the book, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU
Elizabeth Peavey is a Maine-based writer and teacher. Her one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, premiered in Portland last fall to sold-out houses and is currently touring the state. Her latest book, Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship collaboration with renowned landscape painter Marguerite Robichaux – was released in late 2011. Her most recent humor column, “Outta My Yard,” can be found at thebollard.com. She lives in Portland with her husband and bossy cat.
Gary Lawless is the co-owner of Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick, and is one of Maine’s most beloved poets. Lawless has published twenty-one collections of poetry, and has given readings and workshops in the US, Italy, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuana, Germany, and Cuba. A gifted and dedicated teacher as well, Lawless regularly participates in poetry programs in area schools. He is the recipient of many grants and awards across his career, including from the Cabot Trust, the Quebec Labrador Foundation, and the NEA. He currently lives with his partner in Nobleboro, Maine as caretaker of Chimney Farm, a property with a long history of being home to Maine’s poets.