Poetry reading in Farmington, inspired by four seasons

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Robert Kimber

FARMINGTON – Four poets will give a reading about Maine seasons at the Farmington Public Library at 7 p.m. on September 22. Their reading will come from a new book edited by Wesley McNair, titled Maine in Four Seasons: 20 Poets Celebrate the Turning Year (Illustrations by Jan Owen, Down East Books). The event is co-sponsored by DDG Booksellers of Farmington.

Each of the participating poets has poems from a different season in the anthology and will read poetry about that season. Robert Seigel will represent spring; Carl Little, summer; Robert Kimber, reading poems by Ted Enslin, fall; and Wesley McNair, winter.

Robert Siegel

Maine in Four Seasons includes not only contemporary poets from around the state but a range of Maine’s earlier poets, from Longfellow to Robinson to Millay. The readers will sample some of the earlier work together with their own.

Robert Siegel is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, most recently A Pentecost of Finches: New and Selected Poems and The Waters Under the Earth. His fiction includes the Whalesong trilogy. He directed the graduate creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Carl Little

Carl Little is the author of Ocean Drinker: New and Selected Poems. His poems have appeared in Off the Coast, Maine Times and Puckerbrush Review. “Ten Tourists Visit Baker’s Island, ca. 1900” won the 2002 Friends of Acadia poetry competition. His latest book is The Art of Dahlov Ipcar. He lives on Mount Desert Island.

Theodore Enslin, who is unable to attend the reading, is Maine’s most senior poet and the author of a number of poetry books and chapbooks, most recently Then and Now: Selected Poems, In Tandem, and Nine. Robert Kimber, who became acquainted with the poet during the 1970s, when Enslin resided in Temple, is a well-known author of books and articles about rural life and the natural world.

Wesley McNair

Wesley McNair has won several awards for his poetry, including Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, two NEA grants, and a United States Artist Fellowship. He has published several books of poetry, most recently Lovers of the Lost, New & Selected Poems. Maine in Four Seasons is his fifth anthology of Maine writing.

The reading from Maine in Four Seasons will be followed by a group book-signing and reception.

For more information regarding this event contact DDG Booksellers, 193 Broadway, Farmington, Me 04938 at 778-3454, or by email at info@ddgbooks.com.

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