Posted Oct. 22, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: University of Maine at Fort Kent Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room, 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, Maine

For more information: Dr. Jenny Radsma; 207-834-7586;

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30 in Nadeau Hall teleconference room, Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair will launch his new initiative called, “The Maine Poetry Express” in northern Maine. 

The Poetry Express (a metaphoric rather than an actual train) will chug to a series of 14 “stops” throughout our state over the next six months, bringing together Maine poets and townspeople for shared readings that combine poetry with testimonies about its relevance to the struggles and triumphs of everyday life.

The evening event will begin with presentations by Wesley McNair and acclaimed Allagash writer Cathie Pelletier, and it will conclude as area poets, who will read two poems they admire, explaining why they chose them and what the poems mean to them personally. The readers will include Don Levesque, former editor of the St. John Valley Times; Dave Hobbins, UMFK professor of Forest Technology; Joanne Zafonte, music director at St. Louis Church; Katie Levesque, a UMFK student, and Monica Pettengill Jerkins, editor for the Fiddlehead Focus. 


The primary goal of the Maine Poetry Express, McNair says, is to show that poetry belongs not only to literary specialists, but to all of us. Don’t miss this chance to experience poetry as you’ve never heard it before.

The Express is sponsored by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and the Maine Humanities Council.

For more information on the presentation, please contact Dr. Jenny Radsma at: