Maine Branches—Poetry Reading

  • 03 Aug 2012
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • York Art Association
Maine Writers come home to read: Poets Margo Taft Stever, Estha Weiner, Jo Ann Clark, and John Perrault will offer poems and reflections on their Maine connections.

  Margo Taft Stever, whose family summer home in    Biddeford Pool has stood forgenerations, is the    author of The Hudson Line (Main Street Rag, 2012),  Frozen Spring(winner, Mid‐List Press First Series  Award, (2002), and Reading the Night Sky(winner of  Riverstone Chapbook Competition, 1996). Her work  has been publishedwidely in anthologies and magazines. Margo is founder of The Hudson ValleyWriters’ Center as well as founding editor of Slapering Hol Press. She serves on theBoard of Directors of The Word Works. Please visit her at

Estha Weiner is from Portland, where her father ran Rines Bros. on Congress Street.Author of In the Weather of the World (Salmon Poetry, due 2012), The MistressManuscript (Book Works, 2009), & Transfiguration Begins at Home (Tiger BarkPress, 2009), she also co‐edited Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (AkronPoetry Series, 2005). A 2008 Pushcart nominee, Estha won a Paterson PoetryPrize in 2005. Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, Barrow Street andelsewhere. She is founder/director of NY Alumnae Writers Nights for SarahLawrence College, and is on Slapering Hol Press' Advisory

Jo Ann Clark is a Maine graduate of West Buxton’s Bonny Eagle High School and ofBates College. Her poems have appeared in The Colorado Review, The New Republic,Prairie Schooner, The Western Humanities Review, an anthology of The UK’s BestYoung Poets (whose editors hadn’t been apprised of her Maine roots!). The ParisReview has featured her translations of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. In 2008, shewas a finalist for the Hudson Prize of Black Lawrence Press and in 2010 was a BestNew Poets nominee. Jo Ann has taught at Bank Street College, The School of the ArtInstitute of Chicago, and at international schools in Italy.
John Perrault grew up in Biddeford. He is a lawyer, poet, balladeer, and author ofThe Ballad of Louis Wagner (Peter Randall Publisher, 2003), Here Come the Old ManNow (Oyster River Press, 2005), and Jefferson’s Dream (Hobblebush Books, 2009).He was 2008 co‐recipient of the Rosalie Boyle/Norma Farber Award from the NewEngland Poetry Club and a 2007 finalist in the Comstock Review Poetry contest. Hispoems have been published in numerous magazines. John was Portsmouth, NH PoetLaureate 2003‐2005. Visit him at
Admission is free. Donations always gratefully accepted.

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