ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library will present an Evening of Poetry by Dave Morrison and Dawn Potter as part of the second annual Poetry Month Rockland festivities at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Rockland Public Library.
After years of playing guitar in bars in Boston and New York City, Dave Morrison now lives in coastal Maine. “Clubland,” a collection of poems about rock bars written in verse, is his seventh book. His work recently was read on Garrison Keillor’s radio program, “The Writer’s Almanac.”
Dawn Potter is the author of “How the Crimes Happened” and the memoir “Tracing Paradise: Two Years in Harmony with John Milton,” which won the 2010 Maine Literary Award in Nonfiction and a 2010 Emerging Writer’s Fellowship from the Writers’ Center in Bethesda, Md . She is associate director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, held each summer at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, N.H. She lives in Harmony with photographer Thomas Birtwistle and their two sons.
This year’s Poetry Month Rockland will see the return of Poems in the Windows, magnetic poetry in the library, the Poetry Swarm, along with a number of new events such as Fireside Poetry at lunchtime, with Rockland Poet Laureate Kendall Merriam moderating.
For more information, call the library at 594-0310.
Maine Literary Awards open for nominations
The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance announced that nominations are open for the Maine Literary Awards, a statewide competition organized to honor writers, publishers and students from across the state for exemplary literary accomplishment.
The Maine Literary Awards is the only statewide literary competition recognizing excellence in writing and publishing. It is an opportunity for any Maine resident, including seasonal residents, to nominate a writer or submit their writing regardless of publishing history or status. The annual awards also include opportunities for unpublished writers and middle school or high school students (and to home-schooled students at a comparable age and grade level) to earn recognition and publicity for their work, dedication and talent.
Book Awards will be given for books published during 2010. Book categories include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, young adult and anthology.
New to the competition this year is the Excellence in Publishing Award, which honors Maine publishers for general excellence in content or design. Submissions to this category may include a wide range of literary production, from books written by out-of-state authors to Maine-themed photography books.
While the Books Awards and Short Works Competition carry modest entry fees, the youth competitions in fiction, poetry and nonfiction are free. Nominations are open until May 2.
The Maine Literary Awards will culminate in an awards ceremony on June 9.
Guidelines and nomination forms may be downloaded at http://www.mainewriters.org/. Entrants also may call 228-8263 and request a nomination form be mailed. For more information, call or email the MWPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Poetry Month events
ROCKLAND — In celebration of National Poetry Month, The Strand Theatre will host special poetry-themed films and events. The new award-winning documentary film “ Louder Than a Bomb” and the new Korean drama “Poetry” will have two special screenings each. In addition, the Strand will present “The Edna Project,” a music and mixed media performance inspired by the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, featuring musicians Liz Queler and Seth Farber.
The schedule is:
- “Louder Than a Bomb, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from more than 60 Chicago area schools gather for the world’ s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as “ Louder Than a Bomb.”
- “The Edna Project, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, a song cycle set to the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay will feature Liz Queler on vocals, guitar and mandolin, Seth Farber on vocals and piano, and their son Joey Farber on vocals, percussion and accordion.
- “Poetry,” 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and 3 p.m. Sunday April 24. “Poetry” is a new Korean drama from director Lee Chang-Dong, and won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.
For more information about the events celebrating National Poetry Month, visit www.rocklandstrand.com or call the box office at 594-0070.
MOFGA’s El Salvador Sistering Committee seeks donations of bowls handmade by Maine potters for the annual Empty Bowl Supper on Saturday, April 23. Bowls do not have to of first quality. Those who would like to donate bowls may email Jean English at email@example.com.
Dibner Fellowship recipients
The Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship in poetry has been awarded to Sherry Abaldo of Rockland and Leonore Hildebrandt of Harrington. The Maine Community Foundation awards the fellowships annually to Maine writers seeking to improve their writing skills.
Abaldo is a substitute teacher in RSU 13 and a program instructor for the Rockland After School Alliance. She is a former reporter for the Camden Herald and was a screen- and scriptwriter. A graduate of Wellesley College and USC, Abaldo will use her fellowship to attend a workshop and have her manuscript, “Lucre,” reviewed.
Hildebrandt is part-time faculty at the University of Maine, where she received a master’s degree in English in 2004. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine Machias. Her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Salzburg Poetry Review, and other journals. Flat Bay Press recently published a chapbook of her poems, “The Work at Hand.” Her first book of poetry is forthcoming with Pecan Grove Press. She will attend the Juniper Writing Institute this summer.
This year’s judges were poets Tony Brinkley and Dawn Potter.
Brinkley is the author of “Stalin’s Eyes: Poems and Translations” and has contributed essays to numerous scholarly journals.
Potter’s most recent collection is “How the Crimes Happened.” She is associate director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching.
The Dibner fellowship alternates between fiction and poetry. Next year’s deadline for fiction writers, is Jan.15, 2012. Guidelines may be found at www.mainecf.org/ or by calling 877-700-6800.
Benefit comedy show
Union Ambulance Service will present a benefit performance by Maine comedian Karmo Sanders at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the auditorium of Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, to support the ambulance service’s community outreach and Christmas giving programs.
The show, “Birdie Googins: Accidentally Maine’s Only Supermodel and Possible Future Queen,” is an audience-interactive and appropriate for families.
While Sanders’ Birdie Googins character has achieved local TV celebrity, the actress’s background is in stage theater where she has worked as an actor, writer and comedian. She holds a master’s degree as a playwright from Boston University and has performed in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “What the Butler Saw.” Humor is her stock-in-trade and her quirky Birdie Googins persona finds it everywhere in the lives of ordinary Mainers.
Advance tickets are $10, $8 students, available at the Union Town Office, from a Union Ambulance Service member, or by calling 785-3803. At the door on April 16, tickets will be $12, $10 students.