CAMDEN, Maine — Camden’s historic Whitehall Inn continues its summer Millay Series to celebrate Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay with “Vincent’s Table,” a special poetry, wine, and dine event at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25. Reservations are required.
Rockland-born, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay included many references to food and drink in her poems and letters. Among her most famous poems featuring food imagery include the sonnet “Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink.” In another poem titled “Feast,” she writes, “I feast at every vine.”
Well-known Maine poets, Kathleen Ellis, Dave Morrison, and Candice Stover will read from Millay’s writings related to food and drink before dinner. During dessert, the three poets will tantalize the audience with their own poems featuring food.
Poet Kathleen Ellis, who will also host the event, is the author of five poetry collections, most recently, “Narrow River to the North.” Widely published in literary journals and anthologies, she is a recipient of fellowships from the Maine Arts commission and National Endowment for the Arts and received the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize from “Nimrod.” In addition to teaching English at the University of Maine in Orono, Ellis leads a poetry writing workshop at the Farnsworth Art Museum every summer, and she has coordinated POETS/SPEAK! at the Bangor Public Library since 2002.
Midcoast poet Dave Morrison is the author of eight books of poetry and has been hailed as “a hearty weed in the garden of American poetry.” His poems have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and his work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Writers’ Almanac.” His eighth collection of poems, “fail,” was published by JukeBooks in fall 2012.
A former reporter for “The Boston Globe,” Candice Stover is the author of three poetry collections, “Poems from the Pond,” “Holding Patterns,” selected by Mary Oliver for a Maine Chapbook Award, and “Another Stopping Place.” Her work also appears in the anthology, “The Other Side of Sorrow: Poets Speak Out about Conflict, War, and Peace.” She lives on Mt. Desert Island, where she teaches at College of the Atlantic.
The cost for “Vincent’s Table” is $35.95. For more information or to make a reservation, call (207) 236-3391, or visit Whitehall-inn.com/.