Our mission is to preserve the birthplace of Edna St. Vincent Millay and celebrate her legacy through education, the literary arts, and significant collaborations within the Maine community and beyond.

Millay House Rockland is a new, nonprofit organization that champions poets, as well as creators and practitioners of all the arts. It celebrates the legacy of Edna St. Vincent Millay and the rich heritage of midcoast Maine. Central to the mission is rejuvenating the literary landmark that is the birthplace of the Pulitzer Prize winning poet. Millay was born in Rockland on February 22, 1892.

Officers of the Board of Directors

Thomas O'Donovan, president
Steve Cartwright, vice-president
Lisa Westkaemper, treasurer
Michelle Gifford, secretary
Terrance Pinto


The mirror image double-house, built in 1891 on an elm-lined street in a booming seacoast city, will now be a home for literary and educational programs serving all ages. The house will be a place to explore the poet's life, as well as her works, and to imagine for a bit what it was like to be born into a working class family over 100 years ago. The house is being restored and re-purposed, an act of saving place, creating a home for Millay House Rockland. We are pleased to be playing a role in regional heritage conservation.

Millay House Rockland will partner with cultural organizations and universities to offer educational opportunities, writers-in-residence programs, and outreach activities that feature new artistic pieces, as well as existing works. Rockland is now recognized as a mecca for artists and their patrons. We are proud and excited to be a part of this artistic Renascence.

Literary Partners