The Bookey Readings: Maine Vets Speak

The Bookey Readings: Maine Vets Speak


The Bookey Readings at the Harlow will host readers Doug Rawlings, Terry Grasse, and Olin Moody. This will be a powerful ‘conversation’ about war, its affects, and our ability to choose peace. Come and experience an evening of excellent spoken word in an art gallery setting. 

Olin Moody is a 37 yo. Marine Corps vet from Windsor, ME. Served 5yrs as an Aviation Electronics Tech on CH53-E cargo/personnel helicopters. Currently a senior at The University of Maine @ Augusta in the Contemporary and Popular Music program.

Terry Grasse was drafted into the U.S. Army right out of high school at age 19. He served one Year in Viet Nam as a radio operator with a military intelligence unit. He writes about war from his perspective and wants people to know that war is real people killing real people. Terry lives in mid-coast Maine and as an artist works with found objects.
Doug Rawlings has lived in Maine since the mid-70’s, teaching high school English in Brunswick and Oakland and teaching composition and Peace Studies at the University of Maine at Farmington. He and his wife Judy live in Chesterville. He has two children and three grandchildren. In 1985, he joined with four other veterans to form Veterans For Peace(VFP), an organization that now boasts close to 5,000 members with chapters in every state of the union, as well as international chapters in London, England and Hanoi, Vietnam. In 1992, VFP was granted NGO status at the United Nations. Its mission is to abolish war, with members taking a pledge of nonviolence. A former national board member, Rawlings now serves as the president of the Maine chapter and as a representative to the Vietnam War Full Disclosure committee. He served as Veterans For Peace’s poet laureate for three years as well. In 2014, Doug published his collection of poetry, ORION RISING, a series of poems that explores his life as a Vietnam War veteran, as a family man in Central Maine, and as a whimsical father of two children fascinated by the poetry of A.A. Milne. He continues to write poems that touch on political issues and rural life. His collection can be purchased at under its title ORION RISING.

All are welcome. Refreshments are served, and a $3 donation to benefit The Harlow is appreciated at the door. For more information about this event, contact Claire Hersom at The Bookey Readings at The Harlowis a monthly poetry series running from April through November and has been running for over 25 years. 

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. 

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