The Bookey Readings: Betsy Scholl & Jane Brox


The Harlow is thrilled to present poets Jane Brox and Betsy Scholl on Friday, May 17 at 7pm as part of their ongoing poetry series, The Bookey Readings at The Harlow. The public is invited to attend and experience an evening of excellent spoken word in an art gallery setting.

Betsy Sholl has published 8 collections of poetry, most recently Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Maine Literary Award for Poetry. Other books include: Rough Cradle (Alice James Books, 2009) and Late Psalm (University of Wisconsin, 2004). Don’t Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Her chapbooks include Pick A Card, winner of the Maine Chapbook Competition in 1991, and Betsy Sholl: Greatest Hits, 1974-2004, (Pudding House Publications) and Coastal Bop (Oyster River Press). She was a founding member of Alice James Books and published three earlier collections with them: Changing Faces (1974), Appalachian Winter (1978) and Rooms Overhead (1986). Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writers’ Fellowships. Her work has been included in several anthologies, including Letters to America, Contemporary American Poetry on Race, Best American Poetry and Best Spiritual Writing, and in a range of journals, including Field, Triquarterly, Brilliant Corners, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Beloit Poetry Journal. She has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts. From 2006 to 2011, Betsy Sholl served as Poet Laureate of Maine. For more information please visit: or

Jane Brox‘s most recent book, Silence, was published in January 2019.  Her fourth book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artifici al Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine.  She is also the author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm; Five Thousand Days Like This One, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award.  She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has been awarded grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Maine Arts Commission. She has taught at Harvard University and Bowdoin College, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program. She lives in Brunswick, Maine. For more information please visit:

All are welcome. Refreshments are served, and a $3 donation to benefit The Harlow is appreciated at the door. For more information about the this event, contact Claire Hersom at The Bookey Readings at The Harlow is a monthly poetry series running from April through November and has been running for over 25 years.     

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm. 

The Harlow is supported by the City of HallowellDirigo Capital AdvisorsKennebec Savings Bank, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members.


2019 Season Sponsors are Camden National BankCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Great Gatherings, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law and Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe.

Programming is funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation, the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and by  a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.