CAMDEN — The Literary Salon will debut on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m., in the Camden Opera House’s Tucker Room on the second floor.
This event was rescheduled from January 12 due to inclement weather in most of the state.
Admission is free, donations appreciated, and seating is limited. Offered as a Community Arts Fund companion to the Blue Café series, The Literary Salon will feature readings by Maine writers, along with beverages from sponsor Zoot Coffee and sweet treats.
The premiere Literary Salon event is titled “Poetry with Strings Attached.” This hour-long program will feature two Maine poets, Kristen Lindquist and Paul Corrigan, reading original poems that celebrate the people and landscape of Maine, interspersed with related musical pieces performed by violinist/guitarist Susan Ramsey and cellist Ruth Fogg.
Local student Katharine Kemper will open with a brief poetry recitation.
Lindquist, of Camden, is a poet, writer and naturalist. Her poetry and other writings have appeared in Down East and the Bangor Daily News, as well as many literary journals and anthologies. She writes a monthly Maine natural history column for PenBayPilot.com and has published three poetry collections; her book “Transportation” was a finalist for the 2012 Maine Literary Award.
Corrigan, of Millinocket, is a poet and essayist who has worked as a Baxter State Park ranger, a high school English teacher, and a whitewater rafting guide. His poems, essays, and stories are inspired by his lifelong love of the Maine woods. His poems have appeared in such publications as the Maine Times, Yankee, and the anthology “Maine Speaks,” which is used statewide in the public schools.
Ramsey performs around New England with David Mallett and as the violinist for the touring chamber ensemble Highlands Classical. She also composes and arranges sacred and secular music for the North Country Strings. Ramsey directs the Foxcroft Academy String Program, operates a private music studio, and serves as music director for the Methodist Church in Dover-Foxcroft.
Fogg also is a member of the Highlands Classical ensemble and performs regularly with Ramsey as the North Country Strings. She is a cello teacher, in addition to being a performer, having started playing the cello at age 9. As a member of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, she studied with BSO cellist Mischa Nieland.