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Monday, May 26, 2008

Poetry Reading

Melissa Crowe (l) and Betsy Sholl (r)

The poetry reading on Friday night, May 23rd, by Maine's Poet Laureate, Betsy Sholl, and local poet, Melissa Crowe, was an amazing event. Books of poems by Betsy Sholl: Rooms Overhead, Don't Explain, Late Psalm.

Melissa Crowe opened the evening by reading from her new chapbook, Cirque du Creve-Coeur.

If you were unable to attend, you can still read the poetry of both poets. We have their books and they are just waiting to be read. I can promise you that you will enjoy it as much as those who attended the live reading.

About Melissa Crowe:

Melissa lives in Presque Isle, Maine with her husband, Mark, and their daughter, Annabelle. She currently teaches literature and creative writing and directs the Honors Program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Beginning in the summer of 2008, she plans to write and make visual art full time. Her poems have appeared in Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Lifeboat, Crab Orchard Review, The Atlanta Review, and The Seneca Review. She recently published a chapbook, Cirque du Creve-Coeur.

About Betsy Sholl:

Elizabeth "Betsy" Sholl is Maine's third Poet Laureate and she began her five-year term in 2006. Betsy lives in Portland, Maine and holds an MFA in poetry writing from Vermont College, an MA in English literature from the University of Rochester, where she was the Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and a BA in English Literature from Bucknell University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Betsy teaches at Stonecoast Writers Conference, the Frost Place, Vermont College and has been a visiting poet and poet in residence at numerous institutions. Betsy is the author of eight books of poetry, her latest being Late Psalm, published in 2004. She is a two-time recipient of the Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship Award, the 1999 and 2002 Crowley/Weingarten Award for Excellence in Teaching, Vermont College, the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and the 1994 National Endowment for the Arts Artists Fellowship.

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