The Bookey Readings

The Harlow Gallery is the perfect setting to experience the spoken word at its very best!

The Bookey Readings at the Harlow 2020

Due to COVID-19, the schedule below is on hold. New dates TBD. Check this page for updates.

NEW: Please note, readings are now held Sundays at 2pm.


April 19: Jason Grundstrum-Whitney with Bob Colwell

May 17: Joao Victor, area HS students and Claire Hersom

June 14: Megan Grumbling and Michelle Menting

July 12: Michelle Lewis and Dennis Camire

August 16: Lisa Panipinto and Jefferson Navicky

September 13: Terry Grasse and Doug Rawlins

October 4: Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis Anthology poets and
remembering poet Russ Libby

November 15: Open Mic

In 2015, after 20 dedicated years of leading great poetry readings at The Harlow, Ted Bookey, with his wife Ruth at his side, stepped down from organizing what is now called The Bookey Readings at the Harlow.  They passed the ‘baton’ on to fellow poets and friends Bob MacLaughlin, Claire Hersom, and Jay Franzel.  These three now work together to bring the best of Maine and beyond to read at the Harlow.

The diversity of spoken word and the commitment to blend new and emerging voices with established poets is still the core mission of the series. What the present organizers bring new to the table are theme based events, open mic opportunities, performance based poets, and musicians to occasionally perform with readers. The poetry series runs eight consecutive months beginning in April with the season’s last reading in November. These events are typically held on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month at 2pm. The Bookey Readings at the Harlow routinely draw 30 to as many as 50 poetry fans per performance, both poet and guest surrounded by the Harlow’s beautiful exhibits, enhancing the experience for all. 

As successors and custodians of this on-going venue of spoken word, we hope to continue producing a well-rounded, dynamic poetry series for many years to come.

With gratitude – Bob, Claire and Jay

 Click here to learn more about the the Bookeys and their dedication to Maine poetry.

A $3 donation at the door is requested in support all exhibitions and events at The Harlow which has been owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c)3 membership-based nonprofit, since 1963. Poetry readings are just one of the many ways we connect and celebrate art, artists and community and The Harlow is the perfect setting to experience the spoken word at its very best!

For more information about The Bookey Readings at the Harlow Gallery, contact Jay Franzel at

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