To celebrate National Poetry Month and the 19th year of Poets/Speak, the Bangor Public Library and the University of Maine’s Honors College will host an evening of poetry readings via Zoom from 4-5:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.
Kathleen Ellis, lecturer in the University of Maine Orono’s English Department, will introduce students and Maine poets who will read their own work.
This year’s event begins with a tribute to Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” by UMaine Honors students and a nod to poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Poets’ readings will address why poetry matters in a time of pandemic, racial injustice, climate change and civil unrest in America.
Featured poets include Ellis, Leonore Hildebrandt, Rich Hoch, Annaliese Jakimides, Gary Lawless and Lisa Panepinto.