April is National Poetry Month, and we will be celebrating with a special Author Talk program featuring four local poets: Jeri Theriault, Jodi Paloni, Marcia F. Brown, and Pam Burr Smith. Each poet will read selections of their work, and copies of their books will be available to purchase at a reception and signing following the event.The poetry readings will kick off at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library on Saturday, April 14.
About the Poets:
Marcia F. Brown is the author of four collections of poetry and the essay collection Well Read, Well Fed ~ A Year of Great Reads and Simple Dishes for Book Groups. Her poems have been widely published and three have been read on NPR’s Writers Almanac. As Poet Laureate for the city of Portland from 2013-2015, she compiled and edited the anthology, Port City Poems ~ Contemporary Poets Celebrate Portland, Maine and launched the Words Matter Visiting Poets Series featuring acclaimed poet Tony Hoagland reading at USM’s Hannaford Hall. She has co-hosted the community reading series “Local Writers at The Local Buzz” in Cape Elizabeth since 2011.
Jeri Theriault’s collections include Radost, my red (Moon Pie Press, 2016), In the Museum of Surrender (winner of the Encircle Publications 2013 chapbook contest), Catholic (Pudding House, 2002) and Corn Dance (Nightshade Press, 1994). Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The American Journal of Poetry,The Beloit Poetry Journal, Patersom Literary Review, The Atlanta Review, and French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets. A Fulbright recipient (1998-99) and Pushcart Prize nominee (2006, 2013, and 2016), Jeri’s teaching career included six years as English department chair at the International School of Prague.
Pam Burr Smith has been writing all of her life. She enjoys the feel, push and roll of words and forming them into phrases and lines. She really enjoys it when the words she is working with reveal new meaning. She has published poems in many journals, and one book of poetry, Heaven Jumping Woman. Her poetry has been anthologized in Take Heart (DownEast Books, 2013). She is working on her second poetry book, Near Stars. She lives and works in Brunswick, Maine.
Jodi Paloni is the author of the short story collection, They Could Live With Themselves, a 2017 IPPY Silver Medalist, finalist for the 2017 Maine Book Award, and runner-up in the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. She began writing poetry in 2001 at The Poetry Studio in a free workshop offered after the 9/11 attacks. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s a free-lance writer, editor, teacher, and writing coach, and serves on the planning committee for the Brattleboro Literary Festival in Vermont. She lives in Pemaquid, Maine.
For more information, call 767-7660 x 2. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the South Portland Public Library.