The Camden Public Library and Stewardship Education Alliance (S.E.A.) welcome Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum on Thursday, May 27, at 6 p.m., for a special evening of poetry.
The poetry event will kick off a two-week “Poetry on Windows” (POW!) is a celebration of poetry and the environment in which talented scribes draw poetry (written by students in local schools) on the windows of Camden storefronts.
Kestenbaum will read selections of his work, discuss the creative process, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience.
The presentation will take place on Zoom. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a link to attend.
Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Things Seemed to Be Breaking (Deerbrook Editions 2021), and a collection of essays The View from Here (Brynmorgen Press). He was the host of the Maine Public Radio program Poems from Here and the host/curator of the podcasts Make/Time and Voices of the Future.
He was the director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 until 2015. More recently, working with the Libra Foundation, he has designed and implemented a residency program for artists and writers called Monson Arts.
Kestenbaum has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, the New York Times Magazine, and on the Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry. He served as Maine’s poet laureate from 2016-2021.
S.E.A. will be announcing more details soon about their second annual POW! event. This year Maine poet Brian Evans-Jones is working with students in the 5th and 7th grades at Camden-Rockport Middle School in preparation for POW! For the latest information, visit: stewardshipeducationalliance.org.
For more about the library’s event with Stuart Kestenbaum, and for information about other upcoming programs from the Camden Public Library, visit: librarycamden.org.