THOMASTON — Thomaston Public Library's Annual Poetry Reading, sponsored by Martha Rhodes of Four Way Books, will be Tuesday. August 27 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend, and light refreshments will be served.
Aldrich currently serves as Portland’s sixth Poet Laureate and has published two collections of poetry, Foothold (2008) and March and Mad Women (2012). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including most recently, Balancing Act II: An Anthology of 50 Maine Women, published by Littoral Books. Aldrich was awarded a Hewnoaks writing residency in 2017, and her poem Woman-without-Arms won the Emily Dickinson Award from Universities West Press. She also co-hosts with Marcia Brown the monthly reading series “Local Writers” in Cape Elizabeth, now in its ninth year.
Aldrich is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (English and French), Florida State University (MA Theatre Arts), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA/ Poetry). She has taught theatre and writing from California to Maine. Currently, Aldrich lives in Portland with her husband, David Miller, and their exceptional dog, Simba. For more information about Aldrich's poetry, visit her website at www.lindaaldrichpoetry.com.
Brox has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has been awarded grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Maine Arts Commission.
Brox's fifth book, Silence, was published in January 2019, and was selected as an Editors’ Choice by The New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of Five Thousand Days Like This One, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award.
She has taught at Harvard University and Bowdoin College, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program. She lives in Brunswick.
Fahy is the author of 15 novels, his most recent Farnswell, about an unusual school for people with disabilities. His Limerock: Maine Stories is used in English classes in Maine colleges and his poetry has been included in a number of anthologies, among them Despite This Flesh (University of Texas), Articulations (University of Iowa), and Beyond Lament (Northwestern University).
Fahy has won the Maine Arts Commission Fiction Competition, and a grand prize in Atlanta Review's International Poetry Competition. He is a founding member of the University of Maine at Augusta’s annual Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, which began in 2002.
His new book is The Toast of Paris, which may or may not be poetry, and he lives in Thomaston with his wife, children's book author Davene Fahy.
Willard is an American poet. His poems have appeared in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cortland Review, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Salamander and 5 A.M. as well as on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac. He has published 2 collections of poems, Holding Ground (2013) and Violent Blues (2016), and his third collection is due out in 2021, all from Four Way Books.
Willard is a graduate of Middlebury College with a BA in American Literature and holds a MFA from Bennington College’s Writing Seminars program. An ex-disc jockey and forklift operator, he oversees several retail clothing catalog businesses including 32 Bar Blues, which features artisan-style clothing and accessories for men and honors the work of pioneering American musicians, writers and photographers.
More information about Willard and his poetry is available at brucewillard.com.
For more information, contact the library at (207) 354-2453.