Curtis Friends are bringing Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair to Curtis Memorial Library on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 pm to discuss his work and autograph books.
Often referred to as “a poet of place,” Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair captures the ordinary lives of northern New Englanders with keen insight.
McNair’s reading will take up the theme of gratitude, praise and celebration. Offered in the season of Thanksgiving, it will put aside life’s conflicts and imperfections, gathering participants around the common table of poetry to share one of poetry’s oldest inspirations: gratitude. How do you sing the praises of cigarettes, or reveal the blessings of a stroke, or celebrate an irksome family dog? McNair finds a way in these poems of a grateful heart. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
McNair is the author of twenty books, including ten volumes of poetry, three books of nonfiction, and several edited anthologies. His most recent books are The Lost Child: Ozark Poems (Godine, 2014), The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry (CMU, 2012) and Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems (Godine, 2010).
McNair is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in literature, two Rockefeller fellowships for creative work at the Bellagio Center in Italy, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for Creative Writers, and in 2006 a United States Artists Fellowship of $50,000 as one of “America’s finest living artists.”
He was recently named as the 2015 recipient of the PEN New England Award for Poetry, for his latest collection, The Lost Child: Ozark Poems. Other honors include the Robert Frost Prize; the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry (for Fire); the Devins Award for poetry; the Eunice Teitjens Prize from Poetry magazine; the Theodore Roethke prize from Poetry Northwest; the Pushcart Prize, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal for his “distinguished contribution to the world of letters.”
Wesley McNair has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress and has given readings at a wide range of colleges and universities. A television series aired over affiliates of PBS on Robert Frost for which he wrote the scripts received an Emmy Award. Featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition (Saturday and Sunday programs) and 22 times on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, his work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Annual, two editions of The Best American Poetry, and over 60 anthologies and textbooks. He has served four times on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
Mark your calendar for November 8 at 2:00 pm and meet Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library. This is a free event. Free refreshments will be provided and copies of McNair’s books will be available for purchase and signing.
Contact: call 725-5242, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.curtislibrary.com.