This year, Word.’s poetry crawl will feature readings by six unique poets: Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Sarah Dickenson Snyder, Kristen Lindquist, Candice Stover, Elizabeth Tibbetts, and Baron Wormser.
Readings will take place sequentially at different venues throughout downtown. Each reading is 30 minutes with 20 minutes between. Start at the beginning or jump in at any point to hear some of Maine's finest poets read their own work.
1. Gibson Fay-LeBlanc 1:00PM at the Wine Shop
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc is a writer and teacher. His first book of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, won the Vassar Miller Prize and was published in 2012. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls the book “a debut that rings out long after Fay-LeBlanc’s lips stop moving.” Poets & Writers included the book as one of twelve in its annual debut poetry feature. PBS NewsHour featured Gibson reading his poem “How to Make Fatherhood Lyrical”. Gibson has recent poems in Field, jubilat, The Literary Review, and Slice and was named Portland’s fifth Poet Laureate, serving a three-year term from 2015-2018.
2. Sarah Dickenson Snyder 1:50PM at Blue Hill Books
Sarah Dickenson Snyder has written poetry since she knew there was a form with conscious line breaks. She has two poetry collections, The Human Contract and Notes from a Nomad. Recently, poems have appeared in Whale Road Review, Front Porch, The Sewanee Review, and RHINO. She was selected to be part of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference both times she applied. In May of 2016, she was a 30/30 Poet for Tupelo Press. One poem was selected by Mass Poetry Festival Migration Contest to be stenciled on the sidewalk in Salem, MA, for the annual festival, April 2017. Another poem was nominated for Best of Net 2017. Recent work appears in Chautauqua Literary Magazine, RHINO, and The Sewanee Review.
3. Kristen Lindquist 2:40PM at Fairwinds Florist
Kristen Lindquist attended Middlebury College in Vermont and received her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. She worked many summers at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her poetry and other writings have appeared in such venues as Down East, Maine Times, Bangor Metro, Northern Sky News, and Bangor Daily News, as well as various literary journals and anthologies. Her publications include the chapbook Invocation to the Birds (Oyster River Press, 2001), Transportation (Megunticook Press, 2011), which was a finalist for a Maine Literary Award, and Tourists in the Known World: New & Selected Poems (Megunticook Press, 2017). She participated in the Belfast Poetry Festival in 2010, paired with artist Beth Henderson, and in 2014, when she won the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest (chosen by Gary Lawless). Her work has received other awards, as well, including the Bread Loaf Poetry Prize (chosen by Robert Pack and Carol Oles), the Red Fox Poetry Prize (chosen by Henry Braun), and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance's Penobscot Watershed Poetry Prize (2nd prize, chosen by Baron Wormser). Garrison Keillor read three of her poems on National Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac. She lives in her hometown of Camden, Maine, with her husband, novelist, Paul Doirin and their (indoor) cat Rooney.
4. Candice Stover 3:30PM at Cynthia Winings Gallery
Candice Stover is a native of Maine who has traveled and taught widely, including two years in Shanghai, China and workshops in New Zealand. A former reporter for The Boston Globe, she is the author of three poetry collections, Holding Patterns (Muse Press), selected by Mary Oliver for a Maine Chapbook Award, Another Stopping Place (Oyster River Press), and Poems from the Pond (Deerbrook Editions), as well as appearing in a variety of anthologies, journals, and magazines. She lives on Mount Desert Island, where she is a lecturer emerita at College of the Atlantic, designing courses on the short story, women’s poetry, great letters, and a team-taught class on the mountain poets of China and Japan. Candice also designs and facilitates independent writing workshops, including a women’s writing group that has met on the island for over 20 years.
The intersection of words and place is central to her work.
5. Elizabeth Tibbetts 4:20PM at Blue Hill Congregational Church
Elizabeth Tibbetts’ book, In the Well, won the Bluestem Poetry Award. She received two Maine Arts Commission awards. Her work has appeared in journals such as: The American Scholar, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Prairie Schooner. She has a new book, Say What You Can, forthcoming from Deerbrook Editions. Elizabeth is a nurse and lives in Hope with her husband and dogs. Her deep attachment to Maine and her family's history here inspire much of her work.
6. Baron Wormser 5:00PM at Blue Hill Congregational Church
Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of sixteen books and a poetry chapbook. His recent books include Tom o’ Vietnam, a novel set in 1982 about a Vietnam War veteran who is obsessed with King Lear, and Legends of the Slow Explosion: Eleven Modern Lives, biographical pieces about eleven crucial figures from the second half of the twentieth century. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2005 he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. He has taught many dozens of workshops across the United States and continues to offer generative workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction along with workshops focusing on the works of a particular poet. He teaches in the Fairfield University MFA Program and lives with his wife Janet in Montpelier, Vermont.
(Baron will be teaching a workshop: The Ways of Biography: A Reading and Conversation on Saturday 9:00AM. Registration is required.)