Word: Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival
The Busy Bee
Participating poets include:
++Kifah Abdulla, who is a poet, visual artist, and teacher and was a prisoner of war in Iran for more than eight years;
++Linda Aldrich, Portland’s newest Poet Laureate;
++Samaa Abdurraqib, who, among many community projects, works with the For Us, By Us Fund, which builds capacity for people of color in Maine;
++Colin Cheney, who teaches at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at the Maine College of Art and co-hosts the podcast Poet in Bangkok;
++LaLa Drew, who runs a poetry night for Queer and Femme People of Color and writes for Black Girl in Maine and the Phoenix;
++Dawn Potter, who directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and is the author of eight books of prose and poetry;
++and Lee Sharkey, who is the author of eleven books of poems and whose work has won many awards.
This event is part of Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways, an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art.
Gibson has read, talked, and run poetry and writing workshops at the AWP Conference, Books in Boothbay, Bowdoin College, Columbia University, Cornelia Street Cafe, KGB Bar, Haystack, the Lewiston Public Library, Literary Death Match, Longfellow Books, the Maine Festival of the Book, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance’s annual fall retreat, the Portland Public Library, SPACE Gallery, the Stonecoast Writing Conference, the University of Southern Maine, and many other fine schools and establishments.