SCARBOROUGH — Maine Poet Laureate Julia Bouwsma will read a selection from her wok at the Scarborough Public Library on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. She will read excerpts from her published collections, “Midden” and “Work by Bloodlight.”
The poetry reading, rescheduled for late April, will be the inaugural event in the library’s new Ann P. Hammond Poetry Series. Ann Hammond was a passionate and generous donor, supporter and champion of the Scarborough Public Library. Several popular Armchair Traveler presentations at the library over the years have paired Hammond’s stunning poetry with striking travel photographs by his dear friend, Dr. Kris Hoyt. Hammond thought it was never too late to find his passion. With the support of her mentor, author and poet Molly Peacock, Hammond found her calling in writing poetry in the years following her retirement as an educator. Early published works were inspired by his vivid memories of childhood during World War II, but recent works, including “On Higgins Beach”, have been inspired by the beauty of Maine where Hammond made his home until his death. in the fall of 2021.
Poetry reading is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged. Visit the library’s website for more details and to register at scarboroughlibrary.org/events.
Asked about her next reading at the library, Bouwsma said: “Poetry always gives me new ways to listen – to the stories, experiences and knowledge of my friends, neighbours, community members, fellow Mainers and those who came before me. I fervently believe that poetry has the ability to decompartmentalize our thinking and weave us into a fabric larger than ourselves.
Bouwsma lives off the grid in the mountains of western Maine, where she is a poet, farmer, editor, teacher, small-town librarian, and Maine’s sixth Poet Laureate. Bouwsma is the author of two collections of poetry, “Midden” (Fordham University Press, 2018) and “Work by Bloodlight” (Cider Press Review, 2017), both of which received the Maine Literary Award for Poetry Book (in 2019 and 2018 respectively). ). Other honors include the Poet’s Out Loud Prize (2016-17), the Cider Press Review Book Award (2015), and residency grants from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Monson Arts (Monson, Maine ) and Annex Arts. (Castine, Hand). Bouwsma’s poems and book reviews can be found in Cutthroat, Green Mountains Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry Northwest, RHINO, River Styx, and other journals. She is currently Library Director at Webster Library in Kingfield and teaches in the creative writing department at the University of Maine at Farmington.
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