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Events

Introduction to Writing Nature Poetry: the Haiku
Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Writing Nature Poetry: the Haiku

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).  

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Sea Shanties & Poetry (with Bennett Konesni)
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Sea Shanties & Poetry (with Bennett Konesni)

The Camden Yacht Club will host two artists with local connection for an evening of music and poetry: Bennett Konesni and Kristen Lindquist. 

Bennett Konesni, who grew up on Islesboro and currently lives in Appleton, will share songs from the 1900s recordings of Searsport native Joanna Colcord's collection of sea shanties. He will lead a lively discussion of the successes and challenges he's encountered during his efforts to revive these songs through recreational and competitive boating in the 21st century. He recently co-founded Sylvestor Manor in Shelter Island, NY, where he teaches sea shanties and work songs. As curator of worksongs.org, he has launched the Worksong Project with song collections from all over the world. 

Kristen will read poems inspired by life on the Maine seacoast and islands, especially Monhegan Island, where she spends several weeks during the spring and fall bird migrations. 

This presentation is the 4th in a series of 8 hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted, to benefit the nonprofit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program. For more information please contact the CYC office at 207.236.7033 or visit camdenyachtclub.org.

 

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Blue Cafe Reading with Paul Doiron - Camden, ME
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Blue Cafe Reading with Paul Doiron - Camden, ME

Join Kristen and her husband, crime novelist Paul Doiron, as they read from their work at the inaugural Blue Cafe reading in a newly-renovated performance space on the third floor of the historic Camden Opera House!

This special event will feature refreshments and a cash bar with cocktails mixed by 40 Paper. Books will be available for purchase thanks to the Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe

Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged to help the Opera House be able to offer more such events in the future!

For more information, please contact Dave Morrison, Manager, via the Camden Opera House website.

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Reading with Paul Doiron - Turner (ME) Public Library
Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

Reading with Paul Doiron - Turner (ME) Public Library

Kristen will be joined by her husband, novelist Paul Doiron, for a special evening event: Paul will read selections of his most recent novel STAY HIDDEN, the ninth in the crime series featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch, and Kristen will read some of her Maine poems. The two writers touch upon similar landscapes, both human and geographical, in their works, each in their own style. 

A limited quantity of the two writers' books will also be available for purchase.  

For more information, please contact the library. 

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Two-Night Haiku Adult Ed Class
Nov
7
to Nov 14

Two-Night Haiku Adult Ed Class

  • Camden Hills Regional High School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The centuries-old Japanese haiku has become one of the most universally popular poetic forms, in part because of its simplicity of form—three, unrhymed lines totaling 17 syllables. You might think any first-grader can write a haiku, but there's a lot more going on than just counting syllables! In this introductory workshop we will look at the long tradition of haiku as nature poem. Over the two nights, we will explore the history of the form, read classic Japanese haiku in translation, and practice techniques for writing and sharing our own short poems. No prior writing experience necessary. 

This class, offered by the Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education program, will be held at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. You can sign up via the Adult Ed office starting in September.

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Book-signing with Paul Doiron at Owl & Turtle - Camden, ME
Jul
11
3:00 PM15:00

Book-signing with Paul Doiron at Owl & Turtle - Camden, ME

Like a little crime with your poetry? Kristen will be signing copies of TOURISTS IN THE KNOWN WORLD alongside her husband, best-selling crime novelist Paul Doiron, at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe in downtown Camden. Paul will be signing copies of STAY HIDDEN, his ninth and newest thriller featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. 

Stop by their hometown bookstore and say hello!

For more information, please visit the bookstore's website

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"Locals" Poetry Reading with Paul McFarland
Jun
26
4:00 PM16:00

"Locals" Poetry Reading with Paul McFarland

Kristen will read a selection of her poetry, along with fellow area native and poet Paul McFarland. Growing up in Midcoast Maine has inspired both poets, who will approach similar themes from their unique perspectives. 

Picker Room. Free of charge and open to the public. Kristen will have copies of her most recent book available for purchase after the reading. 

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Spring Bird Outing at Beech Hill Preserve
May
23
7:00 AM07:00

Spring Bird Outing at Beech Hill Preserve

Come birding! Find out what spring migrants have returned at Coastal Mountains Land Trust's Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport. No prior experience necessary, just binoculars (and bug repellent!). This will be a mildly strenuous outing on a trail that may be wet and uneven.

Open to the public and free of charge. Register with the Land Trust at info@coastalmountains.org or 207.236.7091.

We will meet at the trailhead on Rockville Street, in Rockport, NOT the one on Beech Hill Road. 

Anticipated birds include warblers, Eastern Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird and more.

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Spring Bird Outing at Ducktrap River Preserve
May
16
7:00 AM07:00

Spring Bird Outing at Ducktrap River Preserve

Come birding! Find out what spring migrants have returned at Coastal Mountains Land Trust's Ducktrap River Preserve in Lincolnville. No prior experience necessary, just binoculars (and bug repellent!). This will be a mildly strenuous outing on trails that may be wet and uneven. Open to the public and free of charge. We will meet at the trailhead on Route 52. Co-leader: Cloe Chunn of Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition (BBWC).

Anticipated birds include Blackburnian and Black-throated Blue Warblers (and others), Scarlet Tanager, Barred Owl, Least Flycatcher, Veery.

This outing is part of BBWC's Cathy Morgan Bird Week. For more information, please visit their website

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Spring Bird Outing at Merryspring
May
12
7:00 AM07:00

Spring Bird Outing at Merryspring

Come birding! Find out what spring migrants have returned at Merryspring Nature Center, a 66-acre preserve featuring gardens, fields, and forest trails. No prior experience necessary, just binoculars. This will not be a strenuous outing, but be prepared to walk on trails and in the woods. Open to the public and free of charge. 

For more information, please contact Merryspring Nature Center.

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Harbor Square Gallery's Second Sunday Performance
Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Harbor Square Gallery's Second Sunday Performance

Our show will feature singer-songwriter Lisa Redfern and poet Kristen Lindquist - both award winners in their respective fields! Many of you know Lisa from her two previous performances at HSG, Sweet Chariot Music Festival, as well as other area venues. She has 10 independent CD releases to date and continues to charm with her warmth and humor and her rich comforting voice.

Kristen Lindquist is also known in the area both for her poetry and her long-running, local natural history column. She was a participant in last year's first Millay Festival and was the winner of the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest in 2014.

This show will be the second to last show for this season. Show starts at 2 PM, doors open at 1:30, admission is $12.00. Seats can be reserved by calling the gallery at 594-8700 (Tues.-Sat.)

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November Audubon Page-turning
Nov
3
12:30 PM12:30

November Audubon Page-turning

Award winning poet, naturalist and avid birder Kristen Lindquist will join SC&A staff for the monthly page-turning of Audubon’s magnificent Birds of America. Learn about the bird of the month and take home a keepsake button. 

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. on the third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. 

Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Library.

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Poetry Reading - Monhegan Memorial Library
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading - Monhegan Memorial Library

Kristen will read her poems at one of her favorite libraries, the Monhegan Memorial Library on Monhegan Island, 10 miles off the coast of Maine. Her most recent book, TOURISTS IN THE KNOWN WORLD, will be available for purchase and signing. 

Open to the public, free of charge. Light refreshments will be available. 

Because the last ferry leaves at 4:30, if you plan to attend this reading you will have to commit to an overnight. You won't regret it, but lodgings are limited; find more island information here.

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Poetry Reading - Millay Arts & Poetry Festival
Sep
8
2:30 PM14:30

Poetry Reading - Millay Arts & Poetry Festival

  • Farnsworth Art Museum (Auditorium) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Kristen will be featured as a local poet, sharing her work at the first Millay Arts & Poetry Festival to be held September 7 - 9. The reading will take place in the Farnsworth Art Museum's Auditorium, in downtown Rockland, Maine.

More information on the festival can be found here. Headline poets include Obama's first inaugural poet Richard Blanco and the current US Poet Laureate Tracy Smith.

Admission to the festival events are on a "pay what you can" basis; net proceeds will support renovation and literary programs of the Millay House in Rockland. 

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Tory Hill Author Series reading - Warner, NH
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Tory Hill Author Series reading - Warner, NH

Kristen will be sharing the stage with her husband, crime novelist Paul Doiron, for this summer event sponsored by the Warner Historical Society. It is an annual summer event showcasing locally and nationally known authors reading and talking about their books and personal experiences. 

The reading will be followed by a dessert reception with live music, a book signing and an opportunity to meet with Kristen and Paul. Books will be sold by MainStreet BookEnds.

Tickets are $10 each or 4 for $32.00 and are available at the bookstore or at the door.

For more information, visit the bookstore's event description here

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

Leadership & Metaphor: A Creative Retreat on Monhegan Island

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.

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Book Launch Party & Reading
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Book Launch Party & Reading

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!

 

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Poetry Reading - Rockport Library
Apr
20
4:00 PM16:00

Poetry Reading - Rockport Library

  • Rockport Public Library (temporary location) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

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Poetry Reading - Gulf of Maine Books
Apr
15
4:00 PM16:00

Poetry Reading - 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.

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Bird & Bulldozer: Writing from Habitat Symposium
Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

Bird & Bulldozer: Writing from Habitat Symposium

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.

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Millay Birthday Gala Poetry Reading
Feb
25
1:00 PM13:00

Millay Birthday Gala Poetry Reading

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.

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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 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Poetry Salon with Betsy Sholl
Apr
24
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry Salon with Betsy Sholl

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

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!

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Longfellow Days  - Poetry Reading
Feb
7
12:00 PM12:00

Longfellow Days - Poetry Reading

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

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Poetry Reading: Conversations with Trees
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Conversations with Trees

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. 

 

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