Students to celebrate poetry day

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — National Poetry Month kicks off at the Southwest Harbor Public Library with a poetry reading by students on Monday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Fifth and sixth graders at Pemetic Elementary School will prepare by taking part in Poetry Day with Paul Janeczko. The theme “Hats” comes from Janeczko’s latest anthology, “The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects,” which explores poetry through the ages. The students each will receive a copy of the book, illustrated by Chris Raschka, and participate in poetry writing workshops with Janeczko throughout the day.

Hats will add to the fun as the students create their own poetry under Janeczko’s guidance and then create a film about the experience. Andrew Simon and Brittany Parker of the Barn Arts Collective will work with students to develop and film vignettes from their day as hat-wearing poets.

At the public celebration that evening, the hat-wearing students will read their poetry and show the film they created about the day. Attendees are encouraged to wear their own favorite hats.

Poetry Day is funded by a Catherine Johnson grant and the Southwest Harbor Public Library. Janeczko is author of many books, a teacher of poetry and a Patriots fan who lives in Maine. Parker and Simon run the Barn Arts Collective in Bass Harbor, an organization dedicated to bringing theater and live arts to all ages on Mount Desert Island. Parker and Simon currently are collaborating with the library as literacy coordinators, working to improve literacy in our community through the arts.

The Southwest Harbor Library also will place baskets of poetry around town to be enjoyed throughout the month of April. Visit

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