The Bookey Readings: Honoring Russell Libby

Russell Libby. Photo credit: Robert Shetterly of Americans Who Tell The Truth

Friday, October 13, beginning at 7pm

On October 13th at 7pm, the Harlow Gallery’s Bookey Readings at the Harlow will host an evening of song and poetry celebrating the late Russell Libby. This is a public reading in which people are invited to either read a poem by Russell Libby, or read a poem that honors the rich culture of Maine’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farming community which he so loved and supported through this work and art. Refreshments are served. A $3 donation is appreciated at the door to benefit the Harlow Gallery.

Russell was past Executive Director of Maine Organic Farmers & Growers (MOFGA) for seventeen years. He was a Bowdoin graduate, and among many other accomplishments, was a recipient of artist/activist, Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell The Truth (AWTT). AWTT is an organization that “highlights citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental and economic fairness.”  

Russell was a poet of local and national renown, published in many journals and anthologies, and his full-length collections by Blackberry Press as well as other selected ‘chap books’, will be available for sale to benefit the Russell Libby Scholarship Awards program established to ‘honor his work in organic agriculture”. The scholarship presents three awards each year: “…one to a MOFGA journeyperson, one to a Maine high school senior who plans to study sustainable or organic agriculture at a Maine college, and one to “a KVCC student studying sustainable agriculture.”  Visit MOFGA’s website at for more information.

Music by musician Stan Keach, friend to the Libby family, will also be part of the evening.  Stan is a musician/song writer whose songs, known for their Maine humor and wonderful harmony, have been recorded by top bluegrass acts. Come join us as we celebrate the life, passion, and legacy of Russell Libby.  

This event honoring Russell Libby is happening alongside the Harlow Gallery’s CSA project (Community Supporting Arts) in which 13 artists are paired with 13 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms. The result is a series of exhibitions: CSA is on view at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast September 22-November 10, at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell October 27-December 2, and at Engine in Biddeford November 10-December 16. For more information about the CSA project please click here.

Come to town early for the grand opening reception of Harlow 2.0, happening down the street from 5-7pm at our new 100 Water Street location.

The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) a 501(c)3 membership based non-profit founded in Augusta in 1958. The mission of the KVAA and the Harlow Gallery is to promote and celebrate art, artists and community. For more information about the Harlow Gallery or this event contact

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