Island poets to hold reading



MOUNT DESERT — Local poets Christian Barter of Bar Harbor, Weslea Sidon of Seal Cove, Ralph Stevens of Islesford and Elizabeth Tibbets of Camden will read from their work Wednesday, July 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Northeast Harbor Library.

Barter’s first book, “The Singers I Prefer,” was a Lenore Marshall Prize finalist and his second, “In Someone Else’s House” was the winner of the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Poetry. His 2017 book-length poem “Bye-bye Land” was the winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Georgia Review, The American Scholar, Epoch and other magazines. Barter has held the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University and been a fellow at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. His primary occupation is overseeing construction and rehabilitation of hiking trails in Acadia National Park. Recently he served as Poet Laureate of Acadia National Park.

Sidon is a poet and musician who lives in Seal Cove with her husband, the photographer Curtis Wells. Her first full-length book, “The Fool Sings,” was published in 2014. In 2002 she was awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship in Poetry. In 2016 she performed with dancer Kea Tesseyman at the Belfast Poetry Festival and was runner-up in the “100 Words for Acadia” contest, published in Down East Magazine. Her poems have appeared in several anthologies and literary magazines.

Stevens, known locally as Skip, has lived on Little Cranberry Island with his wife for many years. He is retired from college teaching English. He often writes about granite, spruce forests and the ocean of the Atlantic coast. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the author of the collection “At Bunker Cove.” His poems have appeared in The Seattle Times, Crab Creek Review, The Christian Century, Verse-Virtual, The Island Reader and The Writer’s Almanac. Stevens will be reading from recent poems inspired by his daily walks around the island, and from a new, as yet unpublished collection, “Things Haven’t Been the Same.”

Tibbets was born and raised in Maine. Her mother gave her a love for woods and water and the stories of their ancestors, mostly from Downeast. Her family didn’t have a television, but they had books. Many of her poems have elements of story and are rich with sensory detail, which she attributes in part, to her family’s storytelling.

She writes about the ‘sweetness and grief’ of our lives and our planet, and her experiences as a nurse. But she also loves to laugh. She writes about sex, clothing, appliances, turkeys mating and anything that snags her interest.

The poetry reading will last a little more than an hour, and is free. Contact the library at 276-3333.

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