Date Saturday, April 27
Time Doors 2:00 p.m. | Event 2:30 p.m.
Location Portland Public Library
In honor of National Poetry Month, Wesley McNair will offer a recollection of his literary friendship with poets Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, which began in the middle 1970s, when he lived ten miles away from the two of them in New Hampshire. Interspersing his account with poems and personal anecdotes, McNair will show how he and his New Hampshire neighbors developed as poets of place, all drawing on details from the same patch of ground to create New England visions that were both different and distinctive.
Wesley McNair has been called by poet Philip Levine “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” The author of ten volumes of poems, he has held grants from the Guggenheim and Fulbright foundations, two Rockefeller fellowships, two grants in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress, and has served five times on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s “finest living artists,” and in 2015 was named as the recipient of the PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry. His new book of poems is The Unfastening.
– Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon
– Eagle Pond Farm, Hall’s family home
– Wesley McNair’s house, NH, ca. 1976
– McNair in Farmington, ME by Doug Bruns