OMAA continues its exploration of the union between arts and letters with a second series of public readings by notable authors. The program occurs on four Sundays during the 2019 season from 4 – 5:30 pm. Visitors will partake in a reading, followed by light refreshments, and a book-signing opportunity. Arts & Letters by the Sea series is free with museum general admission, and always free for OMAA members.
Maine Poet Laureate
Stuart Kestenbaum has written and spoken widely on craft and creativity. He has served as Director of the Haystack Mountain School for the past 25 years. Currently, Kestenbaum is Maine’s Poet Laureate and hosts Poems from Here on Maine Public Radio/Maine Public Classical.
Poet & Fiction Writer
Joshua Bodwell was born and raised on the coast of southern Maine. He is the current Executive Director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Bodwell’s fiction and poetry have been published in magazines throughout US and Europe.
Best-selling Poet & Memoirist
National Book Award Winner
Praised by the New York Times for his “dazzling, tactile grasp of the world,” Mark Doty is a renowned author of poetry and prose. He is the author of three best-selling memoirs: Dog Years, Firebird, and Heaven’s Coast, as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word, part of the popular “Art of” series.
Born in Fall River, MA, David Rivard is the author of five books of poetry: Otherwise Elsewhere, Sugartown, Bewitched Playground, Wise Poison, and Torque. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous magazines. A former Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review, Rivard lives in Cambridge, MA and teaches in M.F.A writing program at University of New Hampshire.
Richard Foerster was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of German immigrants, and has been settled in Maine for the past 32 years. Foerster is the author of seven poetry collections: Sudden Harbor, Patterns of Descent, Trillium, Double Going, The Burning of Troy, Penetralia and River Road. In 2019, Foerster’s newest selection of poems, Boy on a Doorstep will release.
Andre Dubus III
Andre Dubus speaks to audiences about the path that led him to become a writer—one that pulled him out of a life of violence and allowed him to find his voice through the arts. Dubus grew up in mill towns on the Merrimack River along the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. He is the author of seven books including New York Times best-sellers: House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture), and his memoir, Townie.