Friday, April 14, 7pm
The Bookey Readings at the Harlow kicks off their 2017 poetry reading lineup with two of Maine’s most distinguished performance poets, Martin Steingesser and David Moreau. All are invited to enjoy a dynamic evening of poetry on Friday, April 14 beginning at 7pm.. Refreshments are served, and a $3 donation is appreciated at the door to support operating costs at the Gallery.
Steingesser and Moreau have delighted many an audience with their wit, honesty, and moving performance. Combine their different poetry and performance styles and one might easily describe an evening with a flare of slam poetry and a touch of Shakespearian theater.
Steingesser is author of three books of poems, Yellow Horses, Brothers of Morning and The Thinking Heart: the Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum, the latter based on Hillesum’s journal and letters. He was Portland, Maine’s first Poet Laureate, 2007-09. As a performance poet, he has given presentations for diverse audiences, from the Poetry and Jazz Festival, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to the State House at the Maine Capitol. He has been teaching poetry workshops in Maine Artist-in-Residence programs for 35 years. He was awarded a Stonecoast Pierre Menard Poetry Scholarship in 2000; given the Maine Alliance for Arts Education’s 2006 Bill Bonyun Award “for exemplified talent and professionalism as an artist and for contributions to arts education.”
Despite fierce competition, David Moreau’s 2007 chapbook, You Can Still Go to Hell and Other Truths about Being a Helping Professional, remains Moon Pie Press’s all-time best seller. David’s other books of poetry include Sex, Death and Baseball and Children Are Ugly Little Monsters (But You Have to Love Them Anyway). His poems have been read three times by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. In 2013 his poem, Salt to the Brain (In Praise of Poets) was included by Maine’s Poet Laureate Wes McNair in the Take Heart anthology. David is a proud member of the Beet Poets of Wayne, Maine.
The Harlow Gallery located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.