legacy of honest portrayals of Maine people and evocative descriptions

Jefferson Navicky revisits Maine writer Ruth Moore in library talk

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Writer, archivist and historian Jefferson Navicky will offer a full assessment of Ruth Moore, one of Maine’s most beloved 20th-century writers in a talk on Thursday, October 28, at 6:30 p.m., via Zoom, from the Cushing Public Library.

The program is called: The Offshore Islands Belong to Themselves: Ruth Moore and her Poetry. 

Moore’s best-known legacy includes honest portrayals of Maine people and evocative descriptions in a series of novels from 1943 into the 1970s. Moore was born on Gotts Island, off the Southwestern tip of Mount Desert Island and, after a career on the East and West Coasts, she and her partner moved to Maine permanently in the late 1940s.

Navicky is the archivist for the Maine Women Writers Collection, and his presentation will include highlights from that collection, as well as touching on some of her popular books, such as Spoonhandle. He will especially focus on her often-neglected poetry, sharing a variety of her poems and inviting audience participation.

The talk is free and open to the public. To register, phone Wendy Roberts at 207-691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.

In addition to his position at the Writers Collection, Navicky teaches at Southern Maine Community College. He received a Good Idea Grant from the Mane Arts Commisson, two Maine literary awards for drama and poetry and was the winner of the 2019 Maine Postmark Poetry Contest. His plays have been produced throughout New England, and he is a long-time Poetry Out Loud judge in Maine. He lives in Freeport with his wife.

Event Date: 

Thu, 10/28/2021 - 6:30pm

Event Location: 

Zoom