The annual Belfast Poetry Festival marks its thirteenth year with a full plate of poetry, community, and artistic possibility on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 in the theater of the Troy A. Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast. An all-arts festival in which poetry is the driving force, the event is one part variety show, one part short film festival, one part art exhibit, and one part literary showcase. All events are free and open to the public.
The annual celebration features choral and instrumental music, live readings, projected artwork, multimedia presentations, and more. The lineup includes poet Cate Marvin & abstract artist Ragna Bruno, poet Sharif S. Elmusa & multimedia artist Susan Smith, poet Jacques J. Rancourt & animator and printmaker Scott Minzy, poet Kifah Abdulla with musical accompaniment, the work of poet Wendy Burk & choral artist Erica Quin-Easter presented by Pretty Girls Sing Soprano, poet Michelle Menting & poet and visual artist Jodi Paloni, and poet Mark Melnicove & abstract artist Terry Winters.
In addition to the presentation of poetry, visual art, and performing arts collaborations, the 2017 festival will include readings of the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest winning poems:
First place: Carol Willette Bachofner (Rockland), “Passagassawaukeag”
Second place: Jefferson Navicky (Freeport), “Proof”
Third place: Marita O’Neill (Portland), “Arsonist’s Blues”
Katherine Hagopian Berry (Bridgton), “Sestina for Trump’s America”
Karie Friedman (Montville), “Place for Spearing Sturgeon by Torchlight,” whose work will be read by Judy Kaber.
The reception will begin in the theatre of the Troy A. Howard Middle School at 6 p.m. with the main presentation from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
In addition to the festival’s main programming, former Belfast Poet Laureate Linda Buckmaster and other poets will present a Pop-Up Poetry Reading open mic. The reading will take place from 2 pm – 3:30 pm at The Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street in Belfast. Reading spots will be saved for poets from outside Waldo County. Please bring one or two poems; sign-up is at 1:45 PM.
The Belfast Poetry Festival, one of the few community-based, non-academic poetry festivals in the country, is now in its 13th year. It is generously supported by The Maine Review, the City of Belfast, the Belfast Free Library, and the office of the Belfast Poet Laureate. For more information on this year’s events, the contest, or other programming, contact Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org or find The Belfast Poetry Festival on Facebook.