The Bookey Readings: Christian Barter & Jeff Thomson



On Friday, August 31st at 7pm, the Harlow will host two nationally known, award winning poets, Jeffrey Thomson and Christian Barter.

Thomson is a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor, and is the author of multiple books including the memoir fragile, The Belfast Notebooks, The Complete Poems of Catullus, and the edited collection From the Fishouse. Half/Life: New and Selected Poems comes out from Alice James Books in 2019. He has been an NEA Fellow, the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University. He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.

Barter is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Bye-bye Land, winner of the 2017 Isabella Gardner Award, published by BOA Editions. His poetry has appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Georgia Review and The American Scholar and featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Poetry Daily, and The PBS Newshour. He has received a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Poetry, and was the Centennial Poet Laureate of Acadia National Park in 2016. For over twenty-five years he has worked for the trail crew there as a stone worker, rigger, arborist and supervisor.

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 Claire at


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.