October 1, 2022

A famous Friedman memorial poetry reading

BELFAST – The Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., and Belfast Poet Laureate Office present a memorial poetry reading featuring poems by Montville poet Karie Friedman (1940-2017) on Sunday 11 September at 2 h in the Abbott room of the library . The event celebrates the life and influence of this poet who died suddenly five years ago.

Friedman was a remarkable writer and friend who influenced many local poets. She received an MFA from New England College and was for many years associate editor of Reviews of Modern Physics. A native of Los Angeles and a longtime summer resident of Maine, she moved to Montville in 2005. In 2008, she formed the poetry review group The Poets Table, which met at members’ homes and in the basement of the Belfast Historical Museum.

Friedman’s poems have appeared in “Atlanta Review”, “Barrow Street”, “Best Indie Lit New England”, “Fifth Wednesday Journal”, “The Naugatuck River Review”, “Off the Coast”, “River Styx”, “Tar River Poetry” and elsewhere. In The Poets Table, Friedman set the tone for thoughtful and earnest commentary. She was known for her lengthy reviews, often referencing other poems or poets.

Friedman’s last public appearance was at a poetry reading at The Playhouse titled “Departures, Gazpacho, and Queen Anne’s Lace” on September 3, 2017. To the shock of many in the local poetry community, she died two weeks later. After his death, a group of friends helped publish his manuscript, “Add Water, Add Fire”.

The public is invited to this celebration of the poetry and life of Karie Friedman. The following former members of The Poets Table will share memories and read some of Friedman’s poems as well as their own: Belfast Poet Laureate Judy Kaber, Jackie Ascrizzi, Sharon Bray, Shirley Glubka, Betsy Headly, Leslie Moore and Rhoda Neshama Waller. Some recent books by these poets will be on sale. There will also be a chance to donate to a fund to support local poetry in Friedman’s name.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 207-338-3884 ext. ten.

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