MPE-PosterThe Maine Poetry Express is an Office of the Maine Poet Laureate initiative led by Wesley McNair.

The Maine Poetry Express is a “whistle-stop” tour of community readings and discussions about poetry in our everyday lives. Each stop features a guest “conductor” who works with the Maine Poet Laureate and the MWPA to organize the event. Participants include two or three Maine poets reading their own work, and up to six guest readers from the community who select their favorite poems from one of McNair’s two poetry anthologies, The Maine Poets or Maine in Four Seasons. Guest readers have been community members from all walks of life, including lobstermen, librarians, town selectmen, store clerks, and school teachers.

A very special and very limited 2015 run of the Maine Poetry Express:

FEBRUARY 25 at 7 PM Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth
Conductor: Mary Dowd at 207-846-4763

MARCH 5 at 7 PM Rice Library, Kittery
Conductor: Kimberly Cloutier Green at
Conductor: Lee Perkins (library director) at

MARCH 26 at 6:30 PM Carver Memorial Library, Searsport
Conductor: Erica Rubin Irish at

APRIL 2 at 6 PM Hathaway Creative Center, Waterville
Conductor: Tammy L. Rabideau at

APRIL 22 at 7 PM Guthries Restaurant & Cafe, Lewiston (sponsored by the Lewiston Public Library)
Conductor: Rick Speer (library director) at
Conductor: Heather at

This first year of the Maine Poetry Express was made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council. This 2015 edition is made possible by a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation and the continued support of the Maine Arts Commission.