The Maine Poetry Express Steams into Old Town

Posted Nov. 19, 2012, at 10:11 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 21, 2012, at 11:37 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 7:06 p.m. to 7:06 p.m.

Location: Old Town Elementary School, 576 Stillwater Ave., Old Town, Maine

For more information: Jeanna Tuell; 207-827-1544 ext. 303



DATE: November 16, 2012


Contact: Joshua Bodwell, 207-228-8264, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance

Contact: Jeanna Tuell, 207-827-1544, Old Town Elementary School

Contact: Cheryl Daigle, 207-232-9969, Penobscot River Restoration Trust

On November 30 at 7:00 p.m., the Old Town Elementary School will host an evening of poetry as a stop on the journey of the Maine Poetry Express, an initiative of Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and the statewide literary arts organization, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

The Maine Poetry Express, a metaphoric train, is traveling to a series of 14 stops throughout the state over the next few months, bringing together Maine poets and townspeople for shared readings that combine poetry with testimonies about the literary form’s relevance to the lives and concerns of all people.

The theme of the November 30 event will be the Penobscot River, and the wild nature and community values that the river supports. The poems read by community members, drawn from a diversity of poets, will celebrate the blessings of Maine nature in general and the restoration of the Penobscot in particular.

The site organizers, or “conductors,” of the event are Jeanna Tuell, principal of Old Town Elementary School, and Cheryl Daigle of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust. On hand will be Maine poets Patricia Ranzoni and Kathleen Ellis, and Penobscot poet Sherri Mitchell. They will be joined by special guests Roger Milliken, President and CEO of the Baskahegan Company, Bill Lovejoy, Old Town City Councilor, Bucky Owen, former commissioner for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine, Old Town Elementary School teacher Mary Bagley, and two OTES students.

The primary goal of the Maine Poetry Express, McNair explains, is to show that poetry belongs not only to literary specialists but to all of us. He adds: “This promises to be an evening of poetry as you’ve never heard it before!”

The Maine Poetry Express is a project of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Maine Humanities Council. This event is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and Penobscot River Restoration Trust.