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POETS/SPEAK! set for Wednesday in Bangor

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BANGOR — More than 30 well-known and emerging poets, University of Maine faculty and student poets, and jazz musicians will congregate 3:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library, for the 14th annual POETS/SPEAK! event to celebrate National Poetry Month.

The event will kick off with live jazz by saxophonist Jay Bregman and his quintet Swingmatism.

The theme is “Speaking Up for the Earth!” and the program will feature environmentally concerned poets and writers, including Arielle Greenberg, Lee Sharkey and Jeffrey Thomson.

After a tribute to the late Gunnar Hansen of Northeast Harbor, poet, author, filmmaker and actor, best known for his role as Leatherface in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” Rockland poet laureate Carol Bachofner will read work based on her Abenaki heritage.

Emerging poets Cameron Grover, Randy Nichols and Danielle Walczak will read from their recent poetry chapbooks, and University of Maine student poets will be well represented on the program, as well.

According to the event coordinator, Orono poet and University of Maine lecturer in English Kathleen Ellis, the festivities also will feature Christian Barter, inaugural poet laureate of Acadia National Park, Rockland poet laureate Carol Bachofner, former Belfast poets laureate Linda Buckmaster and Ellen Sander, Annaliese Jakimides, Ellen Goldsmith, Cheryl Daigle, Francois Amar, Bruce Pratt and many others.

UMaine poets published in this year’s undergraduate literary magazine, Open Field, will read their work with introductions by the magazine’s poetry editor, Morghen Tidd.

POETS/SPEAK! is free to the public, who are urged to arrive early to tour the newly renovated library, enjoy the live jazz, browse and buy books and literary magazines, and meet the poets.

For information, call 581-3845 or 947-8336.