The Bookey Readings: Maine Veterans Speak



On Friday, October 12th at 7pm, the Harlow will “Maine Veterans Speak”, an evening of poetry readings by Maine veterans including Terry Grasse and Ken Graham. This event is also open to all veterans who want to participate.

The evening will open with poetry by Viet Nam Vet, Terry Grasse who often visits high schools in the Brunswick area where students are studying the Viet Nam war. Drafted right out of high school to Viet Nam, he was a radio operator with a military intelligence unit. He writes from his own perspective about the realities of war, and says he wants people to understand what war really is; that it’s ‘real people killing real people’. Grasse will open the evening with some of his work, and an open mic for all veterans will continue on throughout the evening.

Musician Ken Graham will provide music for the evening. Ken is also a veteran, and well-known as a musician who can be found several nights of any week playing solo or in duos at events and pubs in central and coastal 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


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. 

The Harlow is supported by Camden National Bank, 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, Great Gatherings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at LawScrummy 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.