Kick off your Friday night in downtown Waterville with and Open Mic hosted by Tyler French from 5 pm – 7 pm. Bring a poem or a song that is no longer than 5 minutes to share on the mic. Then stick around for some dancing until 9 pm!
Make Waterville Food Stories risograph prints in the Center for Book & Print with Fannie Ouyang. Bring favorite recipes, photos, and food memories. These prints will be make and collected every First Friday to be crafted into hand-bound books May 2023.
You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in Maggie Libby’s interactive paper-based installation titled Where We Are Now: Maps and Doorways.
Tyler French (he/him/his) is a writer and organizer living in Waterville, ME. His first full-length book of poetry, He Told Me was published by Capturing Fire Press May 2019. He has writing in Artivate, Assaracus, Beech Street Review, Bending Genres Journal, Stoked Words, and The Quarry, Split This Rock’s Social Justice Poetry Database. He is a co-creator and baker for Queer Cookies, a poetry series, bake sale, and cookbook supporting queer-identified poets.
The Center for Book & Print is a site for teaching, learning, and making located on the ground floor of Greene Block + Studios in downtown Waterville. It brings together learners, scholars, and makers to explore the multiple facets, history, design, manufacturing, and construction of books, artists’ books, broadsides, photo books, chapbooks, zines, prints, posters, and more. Managed by Fannie Ouyang, Colby Libraries Visual & Interdisciplinary Arts Librarian.
Maggie Libby (they/them) is an artist and worker, rooted in a Maine-based studio practice. They explore the relationships between external and internal geographies; women’s bodies, images, life stories; our relationship to local ground; spaces between artwork and viewer. They are passionate about creating inclusive women’s histories and learning how to listen deeply. Their primary practice is drawing, a legacy from the atelier training of the New York Studio School. They also need to slide color across a surface, create transgressive interactions, invite participation, try unfamiliar mediums, and grow things from seed.
Contact Colby Arts Office Program Manager Tyler French at [email protected] if you have any questions.