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Maine Writers Series to Host Southwest Harbor Poets April 10

Added on: March 23, 2012

MACHIAS, Maine – The Maine Writers Series at the University of Maine at Machias will host members of the group Poetry Downeast for a reading at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. The reading will take place in the UMM Art Galleries, located in Powers Hall.

Formed in 2009, Poetry Downeast is a group of poets from the Southwest Harbor area who meet monthly to share their passion. Reading at the Maine Writers Series event will be members Bettina Dudley, Arnold Greenberg, Weslea Sidon, and Bowen Swersey.

Dudley is a biologist, editor, and writer. In addition to scientific papers, she has written two science books for children, a history of The Children's School of Science on Cape Cod, and a book of poetry, Flat Rock Waters.  For the last twelve years she has offered writing workshops at The Whole Health Center in Bar Harbor and elsewhere.

Greenberg has published three books of poetry and a collection of essays on education, Adventures on Arnold’s Island. He owned the Left Bank Café and then co-founded and was director of Liberty School in Blue Hill. His trilogy, Children of the Dream, and his latest novel, Spam, are available on Amazon.

Sidon is a poet and musician. Her poems have appeared in the New York Times as well as Xanadu Magazine, Confrontations, Gulf Stream, Wolf Moon Journal, Bangor Metro, and Two With Water, among others. Her work is in the recently published Still On The Island, a compilation of poems and artwork inspired by Mount Desert Island.  

Swersey has written two books of poetry, both self-published handmade editions bound in leather, Bread Crumbs and Naked. He has written one novel of historical fiction based on his experiences in Brittany, The Statue of Poseidon and Other Cursed Treasures.

The poetry reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert Froese at 483-2858.


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