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July Events Set for Millay Series at Whitehall Inn

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June 18, 2013




CAMDEN — This summer, Camden’s historic Whitehall Inn will continue to celebrate the discovery of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay at the inn with two events in July and another in August.

After Caroline Dow, a guest at the Whitehall inn in 1912, heard Millay read on August 29, she arranged for a scholarship for the poet to enter Vassar College and introduced her to the world of New York literati and publishers. Following her graduation, Millay lived in Greenwich Village and went on to become one of the most popular, award-winning poets of the 20th century.

This summer’s events in celebration of the “It Girl of the 1920s” will be held on Thursday evenings in the dining room at the Whitehall Inn.

Following on last year’s 100th anniversary of Millay’s “discovery” at the Whitehall, this summer’s series will kick off with a July 11 reading at 7 p.m., titled “Millay’s Legacy: Poetry on the Coast.” Four featured Maine poets, Jacob Fricke, Brianna Housman, Annaliese Jakimides, and Ellen Sander, will present works by Millay as well as their own.

Brianna Housman of Searsport was one of the ten state finalists in the Poetry Out Loud competition in both 2012 and 2013. A recent graduate of Searsport District High School, the multi-talented Housman will attend the University of Southern Maine this fall, where she will major in musical theater.

Annaliese Jakimides’ poetry and prose have been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Utne, Off the Coast, Café Review, Maine Home+Design, Bangor Metro, Handsome, and Consequence, among others, and broadcast on public radio. She served as poetry editor of Bangor Metro and currently edits the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts monograph series. She also facilitates discussions for the Maine Humanities Council.

Current Belfast Poet Laureate Ellen Sander is a pioneering rock journalist and bearer of witness to the full force of creative ferment in the 1960s. As a poet, she has been active in New York’s St. Mark’s Poetry Project, the San Francisco Scene poetry community in Bolinas, and the Beyond Baroque Center in Los Angeles. She hosts the monthly poetry readings at Bell the Cat in Belfast.

Jacob Fricke, Belfast’s former Poet Laureate, has been performing poetry for over 10 years on radio & television, at fairs & festivals, on the stage, & in the streets. He currently performs with Tom Luther’s improvisational electronic jazz ensemble Algorithm. He is the author of This Book of Poems You Found from the Illuminated Sea Press, which won the 2011 Village Soup “Best Local Author” Award for authors in Waldo County.

Other events in the Millay Summer Series include “Vincent’s Table,” a special Poetry, Wine, & Dine evening on July 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. Poets Dave Morrison, Candice Stover, and host Kathleen Ellis will read poems of Millay which reference food and drink, followed by dinner and wine inspired by Millay’s writings. The poets will read from their own food-related poems during dessert. Reservations are required.

The final event of the series, “Millay in Love,” will be held at 7 p.m., August 29, the date of Millay’s discovery at the inn. Poets will read from Millay’s poems and letters about love in all its guises, followed by the poets reading their own work about love.

For more information about the series or to make a reservation for “Vincent’s Table” on July 25, call (207) 236-3391, or visit Whitehall-inn.com/.