The 23rd annual Tenants Harbor poetry reading lands on the full moon, August 15, at the Odd Fellows Hall in Tenants Harbor village.
The popular event will feature six area poets with ties to the local community. They are, Teresa Piccari of Rockport, David Riley of Tenants Harbor, Alan Clark of Cushing, Joanna Hynd of Portland, David Paffhausen of Rockland, and Nan Carey of Tenants Harbor.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for socializing, with readings beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Piccari is a lover of the written word across all genres. She had been a career journalist and columnist who also writes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Poetry is her first love and she is at work on a manuscript entitled Laying Down Armor. She has been helping people tell their fiction and nonfiction stories for 22 years through a diverse palette of workshops. She also works independently with artists and writers as a coach. She has hosted a show on Rockland radio WRFR called The 21st Century Bohemian. A native Philadelphian, she has called Maine home for 14 years.
Riley, a Middlebury College graduate, has been writing poetry for at least a quarter-century and has for years been a mainstay of the Tenants Harbor Poetry Reading. He is one of the original Tenants Harbor poets, reading at the old Jackson Memorial Library in the 1990s. He has published many articles, had three plays produced and has published poetry in Yankee Magazine, Puckerbrush Review, Southern Poetry Review and elsewhere.
Clark, who lives in Cushing, is the author of three poetry books: Guerrero and Heart's Blood, Where They Know, and A Lover of Hearts, and three plays: The Beast, The End of It, and The Couch, The Table, The Bed. An exhibition of his paintings called Blood and Stone was exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. Clark spent a transformative summer living on the remote island Criehaven. His book, “Guerrero and Heart's Blood,” set in pre-Conquest Mexico, has had a long history of theater performances both in that country and here in Maine. “Where They Know,” a book of poems, was published in 2010. His poems have appeared in The Caribbean Writer, Numbat (Australia), Adirondack Review, Wolf Moon Journal, Zocalo Poets, Little Star 5, and others.
Joanna Hynd grew up in a musical family in Thomaston. She is a graduate of the University of Maine where she majored in English literature and was active in band, orchestra and chorus. She has worked as a librarian in Thomaston and Rockland public libraries, and currently works at Portland Public Library, where she organized a teen poetry group. She was poet laureate of Rockland 2016-2018. Her work has appeared in the The Maine Review and was featured in the inaugural issue of Frost Meadow Review. Her parents and brothers are a family band called Playin' Possum, and they frequently perform at The Quarry Tavern in Tenants Harbor.
Paffhausen is a Rockland resident who spent many years living in a small cabin in St. George. He is a poet and visual artist and maintains a studio in Martinsville. He has read his poetry at several Edna St.Vincent Millay events in Rockland, and at the Tenants Harbor Poetry Reading. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He also studied hand book-binding at the Harcourt Bindery of Boston. His hand-bound and illustrated books have been on exhibit in several places including the Addison Gallery of American Art. He is also an accordion player, a skilled carpenter, and a general all-around handyman.
Elizabeth Gordon McKim, a poet and performance artist who summers in Tenants Harbor, will emcee this year's poetry reading. Her roots are in the oral tradition of song, story, improvisation and poem. She has read and performed her poetry in countless venues, locally and abroad. She loves to work improvisationally with musicians, dancers, visual artists, and teaches from a multi-arts trans-cultural perspective. McKim also has learned with and from children of all ages as she guides them into writing original poems and reading poetry out loud.McKim has worked all over the US helping teachers to weave poetry into the daily life and curriculum of their classrooms.
Nan Carey and her extended family have been summering on Harts Neck in Tenants Harbor for decades. She started writing poetry about six years ago, and is a past participant in the Tenants Harbor Poetry Reading, as well as a member of the poetry group that meets monthly at Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor. A retired teacher and counselor, she winters in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she has been part of a writing group. She is married to Stuart Bicknell.
Stuart Bicknell, Tenants Harbor seasonal resident, will perform guitar interludes as he has done in the past. His gentle music provides a transition, a musical pause, between readers. Bicknell first picked up a guitar in junior high school and, before long, was committed to moving beyond Elvis and the Everly Brothers. The folk years took him in a finger-picking direction. These days, he’s drawn to simple, melodic tunes that are easy to hum, pick, and strum.
Admission and refreshments are free, and donations are welcome. Books by the poets will be available.