SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum will do a poetry reading at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m.
Kestenbaum is the author of four collections of poems: “Pilgrimage,” “House of Thanksgiving,” “Prayers and Run-on Sentences” and “Only Now.” He has also published a collection of essays, “The View From Here.”
Kestenbaum has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun and the Beloit Poetry Journal.
He was appointed poet laureate of Maine in 2016. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has said, “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”
Kestenbaum was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle for 27 years, where he established programs combining craft and writing and craft and new technologies. He is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance.