The Millay Arts & Poetry Festival was a one-day celebration of Maine Poets, featuring more than a dozen established and emerging Maine poets in the Farnsworth Art Museum library, on Saturday September 8, 2018.
The program took place in the museum library followed by a reception with the poets at Harbor Square Gallery. Both readings and reception were free and open to all. Winners of the Rockland Library Poetry Contest opened the program.
Poets reading from their work included Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum, former Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl, Rockland Poet Laureate Mary Jane Martin, and Belfast Poet Laureate Tom Moore. Also, Kristen Lindquist, Julia Bouwsma, David Morrison, David Paffhausen, Karin Spitfire, Elizabeth Garber, Mikhu Paul, Carol Dana, Joanna Hynd, Steve Luttrell, and Maine Poetry Out Loud winner Alan Monga. Musical interlude was performed by composer and musician Malcolm Brooks.
An Open House at the Millay birthplace at 198-200 Broadway in Rockland took place the same day from 10 am – 4 pm. The public was invited to see progress to date of the restoration of the literary landmark. The final and third stage of the building fundraising campaign is under way.