Paul Weiss is one of five poets set to read at the Northeast Harbor Library on June 27. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Local poets to read work



MOUNT DESERT — Five local poets will read from their own work at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, June 27, at 5:30 p.m.

Christian Barter of Bar Harbor will be the moderator and a reader for the event. His most recent work, “Bye-Bye Land,” a book-length poem, was published in 2017 by BOA Editions. When he is not working as a poet, he oversees construction and repair of the hiking trails for Acadia National Park. He recently served as poet laureate for Acadia National Park.

Starr Cummin Bright will read from her book, “Inhabiting an Island,” (2017, Apple Grove Press). She married into the Bright family of Islesford, and many of her poems are about the island and the surrounding sea.

Lenore Hildebrandt, originally from Germany, has lived with her husband, Robert Froese, in their solar home in Franklin since the 1980s. She teaches writing and literature at the University of Maine and has a new collection of poetry, “Where You Happen To Be” (2018, Deerbrook Editions).

Bob Quinn will share his Uncle Bonney Quinn’s poems. Originally written as songs, many of them touch on laments about fishing and dealing with the summer folk. Bob Quinn and his wife, Helene, live year-round on Eagle Island, the only year-round residents left on this island that once housed many working people. He tells stories in a Downeast accent.

Paul Weiss lives on the Gilbert Farm Road in Bar Harbor. For the past 30 years, he has led the Whole Health Center, teaching meditation, tai chi, qi gong and other forms of healing, as well as writing poems daily.

Each of the poets will read for about 15 minutes. The program is free of charge. Everyone is welcome.

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