Maine’s Largest Poetry Event, UMA’s Terry Plunkett Poetry Festival, Celebrates 11th Anniversary on April 19th and 20th.

Plunkett web graphic 2013 5 inchesThe University of Maine at Augusta’s 11th annual Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, the state’s largest annual poetry event, will take place on Friday evening, April 19th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Jewett Auditorium, and on Saturday, April 20th from 10:00 AM to 4:15 PM in the Richard Randall Student Center.

This year’s theme, A Tribute to Anthology, features Maine poet, Wes McNair reading from his recently published memoir, Words I Choose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry.   Other highlights include featured poets Lee Sharkey and David Adams.

Paying homage to UMA’s 2012/2013 academic theme, Food, there will be a panel discussion on Poetry and Food, with panelists: Claire Hersom, a UMA English alumnus and local poet; Stu Kestenbaum, poet and Director of Haystack in Deer Isle; Linda Tatelbaum, writer and retired professor from Colby; and Jeffrey Thomson, UMF Associate Professor of English and poet, with facilitator, Duff Plunkett.

 

2013 Schedule

Friday April 19th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

  • A welcome from UMA President Allyson Hughes Handley
  • Music by UMA’s En Route Standards Ensemble
  • Featured Poet, Wes McNair reading from his memoir, Words I Choose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry.


Saturday, April 20th from 10:00 AM to 4:15 PM:             

  • A selection of poets reading from Sun Shining on Snow, by Senior College Poets
  • A selection of poets reading from Take Heart, edited by Wes McNair
  • Panel discussion on Poetry and Food 
  • Featured Poet, Lee Sharkey
  • A selection of poets reading from Passion and Pride:  Poets in Support of Equality, edited by Bruce P. Spang
  • Featured Poet, David Adams
  • Open Microphone

 

The Terry Plunkett Poetry Festival is free and open to the public. For more information, go to: http://www.uma.edu/plunkett.html or contact Ellen Taylor at or 621-3114.