Five to read poetry at NEH library

MOUNT DESERT — A poetry reading is planned for the Mellon Room at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m.

Christian Barter, Bill Carpenter, Dennis Damon, Kate Macko and Martin Steingesser are the five poets who will read.

Barter, the master of ceremonies, is the poet laureate of Acadia National Park. He has two books of poetry: “The Singers I Prefer” and “In Someone Else’s House.” A third book, a book-length poem, will be published by BOA Editions in early 2017 as the winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize.

Carpenter is a founding member of the faculty of the College of the Atlantic, where he continues to teach writing and literature. He is the author of three books of poetry, “The Hours of Morning, Poems 1976-79,” “Rain” and “Speaking Fire at Stones,” and two novels, “A Keeper of Sheep” and “The Wooden Nickel.”

Damon grew up in Northeast Harbor. He is a lover of language and gives inspired readings of Ruth Moore’s ballads.

Macko grew up on the island and is interested in poems as fragments – small, concentrated glimpses of a life. She studied ancient Greek translation in college and has enjoyed poetry as a portal into something more expansive ever since.

Steingesser is joining us from from Portland. He has been teaching poetry workshops in Maine and New England for 34 years. He has three books of poems: “Brother of Morning,” “The Thinking Heart: Life and Loves of Etty Hillesum” and “Yellow Horses.”

The poetry reading is free of charge. Everyone is welcome to come listen.


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