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Word was started in 2017 to celebrate the rich literary culture of the Blue Hill Peninsula. Not only is Blue Hill home to many fine writers in all genres, it is a community of passionate readers who support the creative work of authors, poets, artists, musicians and craftspeople. It is the perfect setting to share one’s work and one’s love of literature. In addition to author readings, events include a poetry crawl, writing workshops, panel discussions, and spoken word programs. The festival takes place during the third weekend in October when the Maine coast is wearing its autumn colors.

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To extend the scope of the festival, Word occasionally hosts Early Word events throughout the year when an exciting literary opportunity presents itself.

Word events take place throughout Blue Hill, partnering with the Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill Books, the Congregational Church, the Blue Hill Inn, the Legion Hall, area schools and local businesses that provide venues, services, and sponsorship. As a media sponsor, local radio station, WERU, recorded and broadcast Word events, expanding the reach of the festival.


Contact Us:

Interested in being a part of Word?  There are many ways to get involved. Are you a writer who wants to share your work or teach a workshop? Are you a local business that would like to partner with the festival through sponsorship, in-kind donations, or event tie-ins? Would you like to volunteer?  We want to hear from you!  word.bluehill@gmail.com

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2018 Word Planning Committee:

Sarah Pebworth, Ellen Booream, Lee Lehto, Marie Epply, Samantha Haskell, Matt Shaw, Claire Malina, Shelley Latham

2017 Inaugural Planning Committee:

Sarah Pebworth, Ellen Booraem, Lee Lehto, Marie Epply, Hannah Cyrus, and Samantha Haskell