The Bookey Readings: James Breslin, Jim Mello

Friday, August 18, 7pm

The Harlow Gallery present James Breslin and Jim Mello who will read a selection of their poetry on Friday, August 18 beginning at 7pm. The event is part of The Bookey Readings at the Harlow, a series hosted by the Harlow Gallery. The public is invited to attend and experience an evening of spoken word in the setting of an art gallery. A $3 donation is appreciated at the door to benefit programming at the Harlow Gallery.

James P. Breslin was born in New York City 1943. He has published in the Lyric, the Aurorean as both contributor and featured poet, Off the Coast, and in the Irish literary magazine the Moth. He has won 1st, 2nd 3rd Prizes in contests sponsored by the Maine Poets Society as well as a number of honorable mentions. He has recently written a book of poems, The Crow and Other Poems published by North Country Press from Unity Maine. Jim has a Masters in Social Work and has worked for the most part with children and adults with mental illness. He lives in Winslow.

Life moved fast since Jim Mello’s previous Moon Pie Press publication, Early Late Bloom (2007). Jim has completed a master’s degree in theology, become a grandfather, and written his poetry mostly on the run. Trips to Portugal (the Azores) and Israel expanded his horizons and informed some of his work. He continues to contribute his expertise to the field of addiction while keeping one eye on retirement. He has had poems published in small presses and (the now closed) Bangor Theological Seminary’s “The Open Door.” His pursuit of the muse is not only through writing, but also in playing music. He has a volunteer gig as a DJ for Colby College radio and identifies with Bob Dylan’s words where “… beauty walks a razor’s edge, some day I’ll make it mine.”

During the readings visitors can also enjoy a solo exhibition of ceramic artworks by Malley Weber which is on view July 28-September 2, 2017.

The Harlow Gallery 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.


35 Comments on “The Bookey Readings: James Breslin, Jim Mello”

  1. This is quite informative. Is it ok to pose a follow-up question? Because..I can think of additional lessons that negate this.

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