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Words of Preservation: A Poets Laureate National Parks Tour

Event organizer: Kayla Chagnon
Event Date & Time: October 18, 2017 7:00 pm until October 18, 2017 8:00 pm
Contact email: kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org

Texas Poets Laureate Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach are visiting more than 50 of country’s National Parks as part of their “Words of Preservation: A Poets Laureate National Parks Tour,” which is a celebration of the Park Service’s centennial. Join them at the Jesup Memorial Library on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. as they visit Acadia National Park. They will be reading selections of poetry and talking about their tour.

Morton and Birkelbach kicked off their trip in Yellowstone and have visited National Parks in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Alaska and more. Along the way they have been documenting their trip in both photography and poetry. It is their hope to contribute to the exploration, preservation and protection of our country’s National Parks for the next 100 years.

Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, is poet, award-winning author, speaker and photographer. Described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” she has been featured on NPR, ABC News, CBS News, Good Morning Texas and in newspapers, blogs and magazines.  Birkelbach, the 2005 Texas Poet Laureate and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, is an award-winning poet and a frequent guest speaker at book festivals, poetry readings and more.

Morton and Birkelbach are blogging about their tour at poetsparktour.blogspot.com. For more information about the talk contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.