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An Invitation to All POL School Champions, POL Contact Teachers and Parents/Guardians

You are invited to attend two special poetry events - Words Matter Visiting Poets Series in Portland on April 16 and the Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival in Augusta on April 17-18.


Words Matter Visiting Poets Series

You are invited to receive two free reserved tickets to the poetry event described below. If you are interested in attending, please respond by March 15 to Bruce Spang at Include the following information in your email message:

 ·      Subject line: Tickets for Poetry Out Loud Finalists

·       student's name and school

·       contact telephone number and email address

·       name of one accompanying adult, who can be either a teacher or parent/guardian (if interested in

Maine Poetry Central and the Portland Poet Laureate Program are delighted to announce the launch of the Words Matter Visiting Poets Series to bring nationally recognized poets to read in the City of Portland, Maine with poet Tony Hoagland reading at Hannaford Hall Auditorium on the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. The new series will kick off Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Regular tickets can be purchased at or by phone at 207-780-5960.

Tony Hoagland is the author of five poetry collections including Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty (2010), What Narcissism Means to Me (2003), and Donkey Gospel (1998).  He is the recipient of the Mark Twain Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Jackson Poetry Prize, and the O.B. Hardisson Prize for teaching. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry magazine, and widely elsewhere. His second book of prose essays, Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays was published in 2014.  Hoagland, who teaches at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, has long-standing ties to the Maine poetry community. For many years, he taught at Colby College in Waterville, offered workshops for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and gave frequent readings throughout the state. Of Hoagland's What Narcissism Means to Me, poet Marie Howe wrote: "Tony Hoagland has written a book of poems from deep inside the American empire--hilarious, searing poems that break your heart so fast you hardly notice you're standing knee deep in a pool of implications. They are of this moment, right now--the present that we're already homesick for."


Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival

You are invited to attend the Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, which will take place this year at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) in Jewett Hall Auditorium on Friday evening, April 17, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tony Hoagland will be the keynote poet. He and others will also read the following morning in the Randall Student Center of UMA. The Plunkett Festival is dedicated to bringing poetry to all who are interested. It is free of charge and open to the public. For additional information, contact Jill Rubinson at