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Events


Introduction to Writing Nature Poetry: the Haiku
Jul
11
10:00 am10:00

Introduction to Writing Nature Poetry: the Haiku

  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The centuries-old Japanese haiku has become one of the most universally popular poetic forms, in part because of its simplicity: in English, usually three, unrhymed lines totaling 17 syllables. In this introductory workshop for adults, to be held at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, we will look at the long tradition of haiku as nature poem and spend time in the gardens walking, observing, reading classic haiku, and writing our own short poems. This non-critical class is meant to encourage your own writing using the natural surroundings as inspiration. 

You can find more information and register now at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens website (scroll down; events are listed chronologically).  

Leadership & Metaphor: A Creative Retreat on Monhegan Island
Jun
29
Jul 1

Leadership & Metaphor: A Creative Retreat on Monhegan Island

  • Monhegan House

SORRY! REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. 

Please contact me if you are interested in participating in this workshop in 2018!

Are you looking for an enlivening opportunity to explore the connections between leadership and creativity?  Are you looking for a “stretch” experience that will help you probe your growth edges in a safe, playful, and inspiring setting?

In this unique two-and-a-half-day workshop on Maine's Monhegan Island, leadership coach Susan Palmer, PCC, will help you pose powerful questions to inform your leadership experience throughout the workshop, while poet Kristen Lindquist and the island itself will offer guidance and inspiration for exploring your creative side through poetry.

Located 12 miles off the coast of Maine and accessible only by passenger ferry (no cars allowed), Monhegan Island features a fishing village of about 50 year-round residents that grows to a few thousand in the summer months. The stunning landscape of this tiny, 700-acre island has inspired a summer artist colony for over one hundred years that has included such noted American artists as Rockwell Kent, Edward Hopper, Jamie Wyeth, Lynne Drexler, and many others. In the 1950s, summer resident Ted Edison, son of inventor Thomas Edison, began buying and conserving much of the island. The resulting wildlands, which comprise rugged ocean cliffs, pebble beaches, and mature spruce forest, now cover most of the island outside the village. More than 12 miles of trails offer access to the dramatic beauty of this special place, a true jewel of the Maine coast. Our exploration of the island landscape, as well as its natural and cultural histories, will help inform our personal, more inward exploration of creative expression through writing poetry.

We will be staying at the Monhegan House, one of the island's three historic inns, right in the heart of the village. Our writing and coaching sessions will convene inside, in the inn itself, as well as outside, with al fresco exercises and observation sessions "in the field." 

Find more detailed information and register here! Please feel free to contact me if you have specific questions about this workshop. Group size will be limited to 6.

Book Launch Party & Reading
Apr
29
4:00 pm16:00

Book Launch Party & Reading

  • Camden Public Library

Join me in celebrating the publication of my latest book, TOURISTS IN THE KNOWN WORLD: NEW & SELECTED POEMS in the Picker Room of my home-town library! I'll read from the new book and copies will be available for purchase. Light but festive refreshments will be served.

Please come out and support local, organic poetry!

 

Poetry Reading - Rockport Library
Apr
20
4:00 pm16:00

Poetry Reading - Rockport Library

  • Rockport Public Library (temporary location)

I will be reading my poems and talking about poetry at the Rockport (ME) Public Library for one of their weekly poetry readings during National Poetry Month. Hosted by the Poets' Corner poetry group, this event is open to the public and free of charge. My books, including the brand-new, hot-off-the-press TOURISTS IN THE KNOWN WORLD, will be available for purchase. Please join me!

Poetry Reading - Gulf of Maine Books
Apr
15
4:00 pm16:00

Poetry Reading - Gulf of Maine Books

  • Gulf of Maine Books

Kristen will be reading from and signing copies of her recently published poetry collection TOURISTS IN THE KNOWN WORLD. This will be her first public reading from the new book!

She will be joined by poet Sally Bliumis-Dunn. Sally teaches Modern Poetry and Creative Writing at Manhattanville College.  She received her B.A. in Russian language and literature from U.C. Berkeley in 1983 and her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002.  Her poems have appeared in BigCityLitLuminaNew York TImes, NimrodThe Paris ReviewPBS News Hour, Prairie SchoonerPoetry LondonRATTLERattapallaxSpoon River Poetry Review and Chance of A Ghost, an anthology put out by Helicon Nine in 2005.  In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize.  Her book TALKING UNDERWATER was published by Wind Publications in 2007. SECOND SKIN was published by Wind Publications in 2010.  She lives in Armonk, New York and (part-time) in Maine.

Bird & Bulldozer: Writing from Habitat Symposium
Apr
7
7:30 pm19:30

Bird & Bulldozer: Writing from Habitat Symposium

  • Belfast Free Library

This year, for the first time, the Belfast Poetry Festival is expanding its offerings and holding an April symposium in addition to its beloved October showcase. For National Poetry Month, the Festival presents a timely symposium on writing from a sense of place — and all the complexity therein. How do writers navigate their relationship to region and belonging in their work, especially when border-crossing has become increasingly politicized? Poet and scholar Juliana Spahr has said that eco-poets must pay attention not only to the beautiful bird, but also to the bulldozer nearby. How do writers pay homage to ecology and other species while also recognizing the threat these are under?

Featured will be Belfast’s new Poet Laureate Tom Moore, poet and visual artist Mihku Paul, Camden poet and haiku blogger Kristen Lindquist, and Belfast native Gary Lawless: each will read a couple poems that relate to this topic and say a few words. A small panel of writers will then each give a five-minute response to the theme before the floor is opened to conversation between the panelists and audience.

This program will take place in the Gammans Room of the Belfast Free Library and is free and open to all.

Millay Birthday Gala Poetry Reading
Feb
25
1:00 pm13:00

Millay Birthday Gala Poetry Reading

  • Farnsworth Art Museum

A gala poetry reading will take place in honor of the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. The event will mark the poet’s 125th birthday and will feature poets Kathleen Ellis, Arielle Greenberg, Gary Lawless, Kristen Lindquist, Carl Little, Dave Morrison, Jennifer Moxley, and Elizabeth Tibbets, including Rockland’s current and former poet laureates, Joanna Hynd, Carol Bachofner, and Kendall Merriam, in addition to Maine’s poet laurate, Stuart Kestenbaum. A celebratory reception with refreshments will take place directly following.

Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine, on February 22, 1892, and her birthplace on Broadway St. in Rockland has recently been purchased by the Rockland Historical Society. The program will include a brief presentation about the progress of the renovation project. This gala poetry reading is a collaboration between the Millay House Committee of the Rockland Historical Society, the UMaine Humanities Center, and the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Cost: $8; $5 Farnsworth members & Rockland Historical Society members. Registration available via the Farnsworth Art Museum here.

Poetry Meets Mystery: A Reading with Crime Novelist Paul Doiron
Oct
30
2:00 pm14:00

Poetry Meets Mystery: A Reading with Crime Novelist Paul Doiron

  • Stockton Springs Community Library

Here's a literary event that you don't see very often! Join Kristen and award-winning crime novelist Paul Doiron, her husband, at the Stockton Springs Community Library for a unique, mixed genre Sunday afternoon program:  Kristen will read original poems that resonate with Paul's writing; Paul will read from WIDOWMAKER, the most recent book in his Mike Bowditch crime series. A small number of books by both writer will be available for purchase. For more information about Paul, please visit PaulDoiron.com.

Poetry Salon with Betsy Sholl
Apr
24
3:00 pm15:00

Poetry Salon with Betsy Sholl

  • 26 Split Rock Cove

I will be reading with friend and former Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl at a scenic artist retreat in coastal Maine.

Readings are free and open to the public, though reservations are suggested by calling Sandy at 207-596-7624, or emailing sandy@23splitrockcove.com

Refreshments will be served.

Betsy Sholl is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Otherwise Unseeable, which won the 2014 Maine Literary Award for poetry.  Other books include Don’t Explain, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize and The Red Line, which won the AWP Prize for Poetry.  She is a founding member of Alice James Books, and currently teaches in the MFA in Writing Program on Vermont College of Fine Arts and served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011.

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National Poetry Month - Kristen Lindquist Poetry Reading
Apr
21
4:00 pm16:00

National Poetry Month - Kristen Lindquist Poetry Reading

  • Rockport Public Library

As part of a series of readings to celebrate National Poetry Month, I will be reading from my poetry in the Marine Room of the Rockport Library, in its temporary location on Route One in Rockport just north of Fresh Off the Farm. Expect poems that feature spring, birds, and joy. Hope to see you there!

Longfellow Days  - Poetry Reading
Feb
7
12:00 pm12:00

Longfellow Days - Poetry Reading

  • Curtis Memorial Library

From the Library website: "Many superb writers have graced Brunswick and its vicinity through the years. We feature a dozen of them in a four-part Sunday series named for the late poet and great Longfellow Days friend, Herbert Coursen. To get us started: Carolyn Gelland, Kristen Lindquist and Mark Swiedom. Refreshments." 

1904 Building - Fireplace Room

Poetry Reading: Conversations with Trees
Jan
22
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Reading: Conversations with Trees

  • Curtis Memorial Library

This reading of six poets, including myself, Ellen Taylor, Pamela Burr Smith, Gary Lawless, Stephen Petroff, and Terry Grasse, will take place as a complement to a show by painter Leonard Meiselman, called "A Protest Artist on Monhegan - Art and the Dying Off of Trees." The art show, featuring paintings of trees inspired by a reverence for life and anguish at its passing, will open January 9.