Thursday

3 Workshop Sessions

at The Farnsworth Auditorium

"Figures of Speech"

Scheduled Poetry Readings at The Farnsworth Library

Poets Open Mic

at Rock City Cafe

Festival Mixer

Location to be announced.

The Edna Project at The Strand

Patrons interested in live music will not be disappointed,
The Edna Project as well as the DaPonte String Quartet will perform in multiple events.

Appearing as Words

Nate Davis of the Steel House will host a on-site created digital poetry event
at the Strand 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

Keynote Address

Nancy Milford will be the first of our distinguished speakers,
delivering the festival’s keynote address, followed by a book signing of “Savage Beauty.”

Lunchtime Concert

Featuring Liz Queler and Seth Farber of The Edna Project
at Harbor Square Gallery's Muir Sculpture Garden

Next Generation Roundtable

“What is the direction and future of Millay and Millay scholarship in this time of poetry renascence?”
at The Farnsworth Auditorium
Holly Peppe, Moderator
Jennifer Moxley, University of Maine Humanities Center
Steven Evans, The National Poetry Foundation, The University of Maine
And others to be announced!

Poets Open Mic

at Rock City Cafe

"Mainly Maine Poets"

Scheduled Poetry Readings at The Farnsworth Auditorium

"Figures of Speech"

Scheduled Poetry Readings at The Farnsworth Library

"The Fearless Ones, Stories of the Up and Coming"

Scheduled Poetry Readings at Rock City Cafe

Festival Reception

The Center for Maine Contemporary Arts will host a gala reception,
opening their doors for Millay attendees to experience the entire museum.

"Vincent"

“Vincent,” by Rockland playwright Alva Hascall, will have its world 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? What was her journey? Her destination?

Poetry Jam

at Rock City Cafe


Saturday

Speaker

Richard Blanco, 2013 presidential inaugural poet, will speak at The Strand Theater.
He will discuss Millay's place in the pantheon of American and world poets, and read from his works. He is a fantastically talented speaker as well as a fabulous poet. He, too, will have a book signing.

Poets Open Mic

at Rock City Cafe

"Figures of Speech"

Scheduled Poetry Readings at The Farnsworth Library

Biographers' Roundtable

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, following an introduction by noted Millay scholar, Holly Peppe. 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”
Krystyna Poray Goddu, author of “A Girl Named Vincent”
Holly Peppe, scholar, editor, and literary executor for the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop.

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.
And, of course, all of the authors’ books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Bonus Workshop Session

at The Farnsworth Auditorium

Poetry Concert*

For the visual arts enthusiasts, Harbor Square Gallery will be the venue for a poetry concert and a juried exhibit of Millay inspired works in multiple mediums. Sarah MacDonnell will read Millay poems, and the DaPonte String Quartet will respond with music to extend and enhance the theme and emotional content of the poems, music to be played as antiphonal response. The gallery will have a show of Millay inspired works. In Good Company will cater a reception in their rooftop Muir Garden for Contemporary Sculpture. *The Poetry Concert will be a separate ticket from the general festival pass, as it is a benefit concert for Millay House Rockland.

Festival Mixer

Location to be announced.

Closing Speaker

We are most honored to have Tracy K. Smith, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and our newly appointed national poet laureate who will speak of the great gifts poetry brings to those who seek a voice to express all that is painful as well as beautiful in life. She, too, will read from her works and sign books.

Late Night Poetry

To be announced.