The Bookey Readings: Maine Speaks!

Friday, September 23rd, 7pm 

On Friday, September 23rd, beginning at 7pm, the Harlow Gallery, opens their doors to poets Tom Lyford, Susann Pelletier, Kevin Sweeney, Marcia Wall Simmons and blue-grass musician, Stan Keach. These five performers will be reading poems and playing music uniquely ‘Maine’. This is the fifth event of the Bookey Readings at the Harlow. This event is open to the public with a $3 donation welcomed at the door.

Tom Lyford hails from Dover-Foxcroft, a 1964 graduate of Foxcroft Academy, and graduate of UMF. Tom has taught at the Academy for the last 23 years as a HS English teacher. Tom’s trademark writing leans toward the humorous and nostalgic. He is well published with 5 chap books of poetry and two full-length collections. His writer’s website is

Susann Pelletier is a native of Lewiston. Her work gives voice to her deep connections to her Franco- American heritage, and her vision of social justice and dignity at home and beyond our borders. She is widely published home and abroad in anthologies, literary journals, chapbooks and political and environmental magazines.

Kevin Sweeney spent his early childhood years on Peaks Island. He has published poems in a variety of journals, and is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He has taught at Southern Maine Community College since 1983 where he is department chair of English. He serves as an assistant poetry editor at the Café Review and has three books published from Moon Pie Press his latest, Imminent Tribulations.

Marcia Wall Simmons is a native Mainer born in Bar Harbor. She began writing poetry in 1971 when her family moved to Winthrop from Bucksport. She graduated from Winthrop High School, and attended UMA. She married her husband Ed in 1979 and has two children, Jacob and Casey, a daughter in law, Jessica and four fabulous grand-daughters, Acadia Loveday, Aurora Rose, Saffron Moxie and Guinevere Lupin. Marcia considers writing as balm for the soul, which becomes quite evident through her beautiful and unique Maine voice.

Stan Keach, poet and musician, has several musical endeavors. He leads The Maranacook String Band, a band started through the gifted and talented program at Maranacook High School. If you hear the name, Sandy River Ramblers, he’s there, too. He can be seen and heard state-wide in any number of festivals and venues and in many other forms with bluegrass performers young and old. He plays bluegrass, hillbilly rock, country, and even some classic rock. He often brings young, talented singers, and the seasoned and stalwart together to share his fantastic energy, humor and generosity to music lovers all over Maine.