Celebrating Poets on April 24

The Harlow Gallery is a gala poetry event on Friday, April 24th featuring Alice Gifford and celebrating the poetic legacy of Ted Bookey. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m.  A $3 donation for the Harlow Gallery is welcomed at the door. Refreshments will be provided.  

Poet Alice Gifford

With her daughters by her side, featured poet Alice Gifford reads from her newly released collection of poems, Sailing for Home, an exquisite collection of poems that speak of Maine, the weather, family, sailing, loss, nature, and the news with wry, appreciative observation.  Alice is a long time member of the Senior College Poets at UMA, first joining in 2001.  She and husband Hal, were owners of Kennebec Books on Western Avenue from 1976 to 1996, and has been a long time presence in the Augusta area.  She was a member of Pond Town Poets of Winthrop, Maine, for a number of years, and also of the Maine Poet’s Society, where she won awards for her poetry.  Originally from Montreal, a graduate of McGill University, she did graduate work in French and English at Brown University.  Summers were spent with her family sailing the Maine coast from their homeport of South Bristol.  Sailing for Home was published by Maine Author’s Publishing in Rockland. Copies will be available at the reading, as well as at bookstores and online from Amazon.


The evening will also be one of celebration and thanks for poet Ted Bookey, the mainstay of the Harlow Poetry Readings for the last 20 years as he passes the baton on to new leadership. With Maine having more poets per-capita than any other state in the union, Bookey, with typical tongue-in-cheek wit, feels good that he might have actually upped that number through several years of teaching UMA poetry classes, from which several off-shoot writing groups were born.  This will be the last evening Bookey hosts the Harlow poetry venue.  Because of his support for the expansion of the art of poetry, the quality of established poets he’s brought to this beautiful space, and his heart-felt support for new and emerging poets, in the coming years, this poetry event will be named The Bookey Readings at the Harlow.

Also during the evening, Senior College poets will read from two of their anthologies, How Many Cars Have We Been Married and Sunshine On Snow.  All either part of UMA classes or UMA poetry workshops led by Bookey, they have delighted the Harlow before, and are warmly welcomed back this year to do the same.

The Harlow Gallery is 501(c) membership based non-profit arts center dedicated to expanding arts and culture s in Central Maine. For more information about this event or upcoming poetry dates for the Bookey Readings at the Harlow, call 557-0619.