ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A new excursion train is set to begin carrying passengers in eastern Maine’s Hancock County. The Downeast Scenic Railroad made its inaugural run on Saturday from Ellsworth for some of the 75 volunteers who…
Brooke Rich of Westbrook and her 2-year-old son Gavin watch honeybees at work in their hive on Sunday during Open Farm Day at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester. Scores of visitors walked the grounds of the village looking over exhibits and crafts produced at the farm.
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By: Bob Keyes; A trade group’s decision to sell promotional material from the 1800s puts ‘cultural artifacts’ at risk, critics say.
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I’m on the top deck of a ferry heading back to the Portland mainland, and the sun is setting behind the skyline. Beside me, 5-year-old Meredith Tierney-Fife is watching the boats come and go in Casco Bay. She is returning from a day on Peaks Island with her mother, Josie, and her sisters, 9…
A crew from Krete Hogs in Turner remove the forms for the new farmer’s cottage at Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore on Thursday. The foundation for the cottage and barn is finished and construction of the cottage is scheduled to be completed by February. The cottage and barn …
From the MHS…
A Poetry Reading by Estha Weiner and Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of MaineEstha Weiner brings her newest book, Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press 2009) back home to Portland, to read with Betsy Sholl. Hear the poets, who first met at The Stonecoast Writers Conference, weave their friendship and their poems as they consider how “home” shapes and shifts over time. Maine, of course, plays a key role in that: Estha, a Portland native, moved away to go to college while Betsy moved here 27 years ago. Book signing to follow.
Wednesday, August 4, 9:30am-12:30pm
MAINE REVISED AND REVISITED:
A Poetry and Writing Workshop with Estha WeinerThis multi-genre 3-hour writing workshop welcomes your poems, short fiction, plays, and non-fiction. Its only requirement is a fresh vision of Maine, past or present, an attentive ear and eye, and supportive feedback for fellow writers. (If you have work that has nothing to do with Maine, that’s OK too.) We will read and discuss each other’s work, discuss the writing process, and participants will receive careful, helpful feedback, towards revision. Please bring 11 copies of your work. We may add a short in-class exercise or two, and discuss how you go through your day as a writer, even if you think you can’t! Registration required by Friday, July 30. Fee: $100/person. MHS members/students: $firstname.lastname@example.org
Estha Weiner is co-editor and contributor to Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, 2005), and author of The Mistress Manuscript (Book Works, 2009) and newly published Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press, 2009). In the Weather of the World is forthcoming from Ireland’s Salmon Press in 2011. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. including The New Republic and Barrow Street. She won a 2005 Paterson Poetry Prize, a 2008/9 nomination for a Pushcart Prize, and a 2008 Visiting Scholar at Stratford’s Shakespeare Institute. Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at City College of NY, Estha serves on the Board of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center and is founding director of Sarah Lawrence College NY Writers Nights.
Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of Maine, has published seven collections of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James Books, 2009). Don’t Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and her book The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Her chapbooks include Pick A Card, winner of the Maine Chapbook Competition in 1991, and Betsy Sholl: Greatest Hits, 1974-2004 (Pudding House Publications). She was a founding member of Alice James Books and published three collections with them: Changing Faces, Appalachian Winter, and Rooms Overhead. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writer’s Fellowships. Her work has been included in many anthologies and magazines. Betsy has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College.
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