Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 7

9:00AM - 5:00PM
Festival Check-In Desk Open
The Strand Theatre lobby | Pick up your Festival Pass and Program. You will need a printed verification of your Pass purchase and, for Student Passes, a form of identification.

10:30 - 11:30AM
Biographer’s Talkback
The Farnsworth Library| Jerri Dell, author of “Blood Too Bright - Floyd Dell Remembers Edna St. Vincent Millay,” will read from her grandfather letters about his love affair with Edna St. Vincent Millay in Greenwich Village and share some of her discoveries.

11:30 - 1:00PM
Saying What If: Imaging Our Words
The Farnsworth Library | Join Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum for an enlightening workshop. Attendees will read poems, talk about the creative process, and use writing prompts to discover what's simmering inside. Sponsored by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

1:00 - 1:30PM
Figures of Speech #1 | Linda Buckmaster
Scheduled Poetry Reading
The Farnsworth Library | This is the first of nine, 30 minute readings, scheduled at various times during the festival. “Figures of Speech” is our grouping of distinguished poets, each presenting a reading of their works in the lovely Farnsworth Library.

2:00 - 2:30PM
Telling Room Teaching
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rtist Info Session
The Farnsworth Auditorium | Do you have a passion for writing and a passion for working with young people? If so, The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center, is interested in meeting you! We are expanding to the Rockland area and are looking for talented teaching artists to help lead our programs. Teaching artists make up to $50/hour and work in collaboration with other like-minded educators to provide high quality writing programming for area youth 6-18. Come to this session to find out how you can become involved!

2:30PM - 4:30PM
The Telling Room Workshop and Readings - Digging for Poetry

The Farnsworth Auditorium | At The Telling Room, we’re all about celebrating youth voice and centering youth experience. This poetry workshop will be geared toward youth and young adults, but everyone is welcome. We’ll read poems by young Maine writers and do our own creative writing prompts inspired by their work, focusing on themes of memory and identity - trying our hand at a few different poetry techniques along the way. The workshop will be followed by a poetry reading in which participants will be encouraged to share their work!

2:30 - 3:00PM
Figures of Speech #2 | Stuart Kestenbaum
Scheduled Poetry Reading
The Farnsworth Library

3:00 - 6:00PM 
Poets Corner Open Mic Session
Rock City Cafe | Bring your poems, your journal, your notes, your scribblings, and step up to the mic in one of our favorite venues in town for poetry. We call it our “Poets’ Corner.”

6:00 - 7:30PM
Festival Mixer
Rock Harbor Pub, Main Street, Rockland | Stop in for drinks and a nosh and enjoy the ambiance created by poets, poetry lovers, and others who bask in the glow of Vincent before we head to the Strand for an evening of Millay set to the music of . . .

8:00 - 9:45PM
The Edna Project
The Strand Theatre | The Edna Project, the trio of Liz Queler, Seth Farber, and Joey Farber, will return to Rockland with their marvelous compositions setting Millay’s poems to music. The second half of the concert will be a performance of Millay’s seminal work, “Renascence,” in Liz’s truly remarkable voice and with a new (to Rockland) arrangement incorporating violin.

9:45PM immediately following The Edna Project performance
Appearing as Words
The Strand Theatre | Nate Davis of the Steel House will host a on-site created digital poetry event following the Edna Project concert. Nate describes it in this way: Appearing as Words is a social, spatial polyphony that dissolves distinctions between audience and performer. Prompted by their smartphones, participants recite words and take actions to create a distributed experience of language.”

 

Friday, September 8

9:00AM - 5:00PM
Festival Check In Desk Open
The Strand Theatre lobby | Pick up your Festival Pass and Program. You will need a printed verification of your Pass purchase and, for Student Passes, a form of identification.

10:00AM - 10:00PM
Millay House Rockland Bookstore Open
in the Lobby of The Strand Theatre | Millay books on sale, along with the works of our biographers and distinguished speakers. A collaborative venture with Kelly’s Books to Go.

11:30 - 12:30PM
Biographer’s Talkback
The Farnsworth Library | Krystyna Poray Goddu, author of “A Girl Called Vincent,” reads from her work and shares insights into her process.

12:30 - 1:00PM
Figures of Speech #3 | Mihku Paul
Scheduled Poetry Reading
The Farnsworth Library

1:00 - 2:30PM
Words to Music and Music to Words Roundtable
The Farnsworth Auditorium | Liz Queler and Seth Farber will lead the discussion for musicians, poetss, authors, and playwrights about how to effectively set works to music and music to spoken words. Other participants to be announced.

1:00 - 5:00PM
Poets Corner Open Mic Session
Rock City Cafe

2:30 - 3:00PM
Figures of Speech #4 | Kristen Lindquist
Scheduled Poetry Reading
at The Farnsworth Library

3:00 - 4:00PM
Mainly Maine Poets
Scheduled Poetry Readings
The Farnsworth Auditorium | “Mainly Maine Poets”, a remarkable group of Mid Coast poets, including three of Rockland’s Poets Laureate, past and present. They will read from their works, Vincent’s works, and Millay inspired poems.

4:00 - 4:30PM
Figures of Speech #5 | David Paffhausen
Scheduled Poetry Readings
The Farnsworth Library

5:00 - 6:00PM
The Fearless Ones,
Stories of the Up and Coming

Rock City Cafe | If indeed the future belongs to the young, come check out some futures of American poetry as these young-in-years poets take center stage for a knock out presentation of the newest and the best. Be ready to be rocked, for they are good.

6:00 - 7:30PM
Festival Reception
The Center for Maine Contemporary Arts | The museum will host a gala reception, opening their doors for Millay attendees to experience the main gallery. A gorgeous spread catered by Trillium caterers, featuring an open bar and food not even in the same realm as standard festival reception fare. A big, beautiful, posh event in CMCA to honor you, our Festival attendees before we move to The Strand for . . .

8:00 - 9:30PM
Vincent,
Premier Performance
The Strand Theatre | “Vincent,” by Rockland playwright Alva Hascall, will have its premier during the festival. New York actress Sarah MacDonnell will play Vincent, and the DaPonte String Quartet is collaborating on music and will perform as both musicians and actors. The piece is an imagining of what the last hour of Vincent’s life might have been. What were her thoughts, her reminiscences, her dreams? Who did she see, who did she hear? What was her journey? Her destination?

9:30 - 10:30PM
The Return of The Fearless Ones
Rock City Cafe | A reprise of the “Fearless Ones” Jam, likely with new works written in response to the earlier concert!

Saturday, September 9

9:00AM - 5:00PM
Festival Check In Desk Open
The Strand Theatre lobby | Pick up your Festival Pass and Program. You will need a printed verification of your Pass purchase and, for Student Passes, a form of identification.

10:00AM - 10:00PM
Millay House Rockland Bookstore Open
in the Lobby of The Strand Theatre | Millay books on sale, along with the works of our biographers and distinguished speakers. A collaborative venture with Kelly’s Books to Go.

10:00 - 11:00AM
Featured Speaker: Richard Blanco
The Strand Theatre | Richard Blanco, 2013 presidential inaugural poet, and a remarkably talented speaker as well as a fabulous poet, will discuss Millay's place in the pantheon of American and world poets, and read from his works. A book signing will follow.

11:00AM - 1:00PM
Poets Corner Open Mic Session
Rock City Cafe

11:00 - 11:30AM
Figures of Speech #6 | Elizabeth Garber
Scheduled Poetry Readings
The Farnsworth Library

11:30AM - 12:00PM
Figures of Speech #7 | Steve Luttrell
Scheduled Poetry Readings
The Farnsworth Library

12:00 - 12:30PM
Figures of Speech #8 | Karin Spitfire
Scheduled Poetry Readings
at The Farnsworth Library

12:30 - 1:30PM
Keynote Address: Nancy Milford
The Strand Theatre | Nancy Milford, author of a seminal biography of Millay, “Savage Beauty,” will be the first of our distinguished speakers, delivering the festival’s keynote address, followed by a book signing.

1:30- 3:00PM
Biographers Roundtable
The Strand | For those of us fascinated by Millay’s life, there will be a prestigious gathering of Millay scholars and biographers in a roundtable forum to discuss the life of the poetic enchantress known as Vincent. Carl Little will moderate and propel the discussion. Participants include:

Nancy Milford, author of “Savage Beauty”

Daniel Mark Epstein, author of “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed”

Jerri Dell, author of “Blood Too Bright - Floyd Dell Remembers Edna St. Vincent Millay ”

Krystyna Poray Goddu, author of “A Girl Called Vincent”

Holly Peppe, scholar, editor, and literary executor for Edna St. Vincent Millay.

This is the first time this group of distinguished biographers have sat together to discuss Millay. We think this is a once in a lifetime event for lovers of Millay and her works, for everyone who loves Vincent has their own, personal vision of the lovely redhead. Might these biographers find some points of disagreement among their points of agreement?

3:00- 4:00PM
Workshop Session
The Purpose of Poetry

The Farnsworth Auditorium | Workshop led by Steve Luttrell, founder and publishing editor of “The Café Review.”

3:30- 4:00PM
Figures of Speech #9 | Carol Dana, Penobscot tribal elder
Scheduled Poetry Readings
The Farnsworth Library

4:00- 4:30PM
Figures of Speech #10 | Dave Morrison
Scheduled Poetry Readings
The Farnsworth Library

4:30- 6:00PM
Poetry Concert*
Harbor Square Gallery | For the visual arts enthusiasts, a poetry concert with Sarah MacDonnell reading Millay poems, and the DaPonte String Quartet providing antiphonal response to Millay’s words. HSG is a beautiful repurposing of an historic building, a truly lovely environment to experience music, art, and poetry. An exhibit of Millay inspired works in multiple mediums will be on display and we will host a reception in the Muir Garden for Contemporary Sculpture following the concert. *This Poetry Concert requires a separate ticket from the general festival pass, as it is a benefit concert for Millay House Rockland.

6:00- 7:30PM
Festival Mixer
Location TBA | A reprise event. Party with new festival acquaintances and friends. Eat a bit, drink a bit before we head across the street for...

8:00- 9:30PM
Featured Speaker: Tracy K. Smith
The Strand Theatre | We are honored to have Tracy K. Smith, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and our newly appointed national poet laureate, to speak of the remarkable and often unimagined power of poetry to express our essence, explain our world, and heal our wounds. She will read from her works and host a book signing.

9:30 - 11:00PM
“Onward, Through the Fog— a late night poetry bash!”
Harbor Square Gallery | All Poets Call! Come, read, listen, eat, drink! A late night shebang to send us home full of poetry, music, theatre, art, and a growing love and respect for Vincent— the little girl from Maine who the world knew only as Edna St. Vincent Millay.