The Bookey Readings: Alice Persons & John-Michael Albert



On Friday, September 21 at 7pm The Harlow will present poets Alice Persons of Moon Pie Press, Westbrook, and John-Michael Albert past Portsmouth Poet Laureate plus music by Brian Kavanah. Refreshments are served; a $3 donation is appreciated at the door to benefit programming at The Harlow. Join us for an Autumn evening of spoken word in an art gallery setting.

Alice enjoys being editor and publisher of Moon Pie Press, established in 2003.  The catalog is up to 102 books as of 2018 and includes poetry by poets from all over the country.  Her first full length poetry collection was Thank Your Lucky Stars, published in 2011; her second collection was Fancy Meeting You Here, published in 2015.  Eight of her poems were read on MPR’s The Writer’s Almanac.  Alice moved to Maine in 1983. She lives in Westbrook, Maine with two cats and a dog, all rescues. Alice volunteers for the nonprofit Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, New England’s largest horse rescue, based in Windham, Maine, and serves on the Westbrook library board.  She also teaches part time at the University of Southern Maine. Alice loves walking her dog, holidays, travel, baking, and Maine in all seasons.

John-Michael Albert has served in the New Hampshire and Maine poetry communities since he moved to New Hampshire in 1999. Mike is the author and editor of ten books of poetry, including the two-volume anthology, The Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire, and two volumes of selected poetry, The Bird Catcher and Cardamom Cravings, published in celebration of his two-year appointment as the 8th Portsmouth Poet Laureate, 2011-2013. His most recent collection, Questions You Were Too Polite to Ask, was published by Moon Pie Press in spring of 2018. 

Brian Kavanah, a wonderful vocalist and acoustic guitarist, performer and writer, will present his original work to begin the program, and will play a few tunes again to end the evening.  Brian is a talented, well known and respected singer and songwriter in Central Maine.

The Harlow hosts the Bookey Readings at the Harlow, a poetry series monthly April through November, that has offered spoken word at its best for 25 years. For more information, contact Claire at

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The Harlow, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

The Harlow is supported by the City of HallowellKennebec Savings BankThe Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members.  

Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard PressCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Great Gatherings, Scrummy Afters Candy ShoppeSlates Restaurant and Target Electric Corporation.

Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.