ROCKLAND – Rockland Public Library presents Stuart Kestenbaum on Thursday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. in person and via Zoom. This event is free and open to everyone.
The former Maine poet laureate will read selections from his work, including his latest collection, “Things Seemed to Be Breaking,” featuring poetry drawn from blackout images. After the reading, Kestenbaum will answer questions and talk about his creative process. Former American Poet Laureate Ted Kooser wrote: “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having had a life. No agendas hidden here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, established with art and love.
Kestenbaum is the author of five collections of poems, the most recent “Things Seemed to Be Breaking” (Deerbrook Editions 2021), and a collection of essays “The View from Here” (Brynmorgen Press). He was the host of Maine Public Radio’s Poems from Here and host / curator of Make / Time and Voices of the Future podcasts. He was Principal of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 to 2015. Most recently, in collaboration with the Libra Foundation, he designed and implemented an artist and writers residency program called Monson Arts. Kestenbaum has written and spoken extensively on crafts and creativity, and his poems and writings have appeared in numerous small publications and news magazines, including Tikkun, The Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, the New York Times Magazine, and on Writer’s Almanac and American La vie en poésie. He was the Maine Poet Laureate from 2016 to 2021.
To get a link to the Zoom event, please email [email protected] by 4:00 p.m. on July 22 and identify the event you would like to attend in the subject line. There will also be a limited number of places available to view the Zoom call live at the library, 80 Union St.