Wesley McNair Reads at the York Public Library
DATE Saturday, November 21
TIME 7:00 PM
LOCATION York Public Library
The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA) is celebrating its fortieth anniversary with a series of celebrations across the state. As Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair’s tenure draws to a close, the MWPA and York Public Library are proud to present McNair on Saturday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Offered in the season of Thanksgiving, McNair’s reading will put aside life’s conflicts and imperfections, gathering his listeners 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 a troublesome family dog? McNair finds a way in these poems of a grateful heart.
Poet Philip Levine has called Wesley McNair “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” He has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two NEA grants in creative writing, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress. He was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s “finest living artists,” and in April of this year received the PEN New England Award for Poetry, given for his latest collection, The Lost Child.
Join the MWPA and York Public Library for one of McNair’s final readings as the Maine Poet Laureate. Refreshments and a book signing will follow McNair’s presentation.