The Bookey Readings: Matt Hopkins, Mark Swiedom, Patrick Shepard

Friday, June 2, 7pm

The Bookey Readings at the Harlow continues their 2017 poetry series on Friday, June 2 beginning at 7pm. The public is invited to attend the event which features poets Matt Hopkins and Mark Swiedom along with special guest musician Patrick Shepard. Refreshments are served, and a $3 donation is appreciated at the door to support operating costs at the Gallery.

Matt Hopkins and Mark Swiedom both participated in 2016 at the Bookey Readings at the Harlow in a larger group of presenters. They were so dynamic and well-suited to each other’s energy that they have been invited back for their own featured reading. Both unique in their delivery and voice, they promise an excellent evening of poetry. Patrick Shepard, specializing in blues guitar, will also be performing.

Matt Hopkins is a Research Associate for the AIRNET, a non-profit based out of Massachusetts developing in-depth industry studies and presentations about clean technology, sustainable development, inequality and the finance of innovation. His research work appears in some recent posts and articles can be found on Market Watch, The Huffington Post, The Institute for New Economic Thinking, and The Harvard Business Review. Currently a resident of Manchester, Matt is also a habitual writer of poetry, building a collection of poems that seek to deal with more intimate themes of life, love, and family. As a poet, he was recently nominated for an Emerging Artist Grant in Literature from the St. Botolph Foundation of Boston.

Mark Swiedom, a former papermill worker now a full-time student at CMCC, has lived in Maine for the last 28 years. Laid off in November 2015, from the Jay Papermill, what first appeared to be disaster for him and his family instead turned to opportunity.  Mark now spends his time studying for a degree in Medical Coding at CMCC. Mark began writing poetry in 2010 after he and his daughter attended the Augusta Civic Center’s event for Maya Angelou. Mark says he was so impressed and inspired by what poetry could do, he began writing the very next day. Mark lives with his lovely wife Dawna, as well as their dogs and llamas in Hebron, 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. For more information about the Harlow Gallery or this event contact

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