April is National Poetry Month, and we will be celebrating with a special Author Talk program featuring three local poets: Jeri Theriault, 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 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library on Tuesday, April 2.
About the Poets:
Marcia F. Brown served as Poet Laureate for the City of Portland, ME from 2013-2015. She is the author of four books of poetry, editor of the anthology, Port City Poems, Contemporary Poets Celebrate Portland, Maine, and an essay collection for book groups. Her poems are widely published in journals and anthologies, and three have been read on The Writers Almanac. Since 2011 Marcia has hosted a monthly reading series featuring local authors and poets in her home town of Cape Elizabeth, ME.
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.
For more information, call 767-7660 x 2. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the South Portland Public Library.