Gates Poetry Reading as part of "Songs From Here"

  • August 31, 2022

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Gates Poetry Reading 

as part of "Songs From Here"

at the Winter Harbor Music Festival 

9/2/22   7 pm at Hammond Hall

Winter Harbor, Maine

Tickets are $15. 


I will be reading my poems in interludes 

between musical offerings of "Songs from Here.” 

A bit sudden for me too, but good to say Yes.


The performance will create an interdisciplinary experience by including poetry readings in the body of the recital. 


SONGS FROM HERE:  Join soprano Sarah Tuttle and pianist Bridget Convey at Hammond Hall on Sept. 2. for an evening of New England-inspired song & poetry. The program is a tribute to and celebration of New England poets past and present. 

Contemporary poet, Beatrix Gates, from Brooksville with roots in Hancock, will read in interludes between musical compositions highlighting texts by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay and others in music written by Ives, Copland, Sheila Silver and Margaret Bonds. 

The centerpiece of the program will be a new commission by Maine-based composer Erica J. Ball and will feature exclusively Maine poets.

The Readings will feature poets local to Winter Harbor and the immediate surrounding area, thereby creating a slightly different concert experience in each setting where we perform, and highlighting the regional, state and hyper-local connections between art song and the written word.

BIO: BEATRIX GATES—Beatrix Gates’ poetry collections include desire lines from Artifact Press; Dos; and Lambda finalist In the Open. Gates’ New & Selected Poems will be published by Thera Books in 2023. She has received fellowships from Maine Arts Commission,  MacDowell, Monson Arts, Ucross, and VCCA. In 2021, a documentary about the process of making CLOSE APART: Beatrix Gates, poetry, and Tim Seabrook, etchings, spanning Gates’ poems from 1973-2017, by Matt Shaw, supported by Anahata Foundation opened Maine’s Word. Festival. CLOSE APART is now up at Backlight Garfika in Blue Hill, Maine. 

In other collaborations, Gates shared an NEA, as librettist for The Singing Bridge, with composer Anna Dembska, premiered at Stonington’s Opera House, and Witter Bynner Translation Award with Electa Arenal for Jesús Aguado’s The Poems of Vikram Babu (HOST). Founder of Granite Press (1973-1989), The Book Arts Collection for Granite Press and hopalong press (1973-1989) is held in the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England. A Poetry Northwest Interview details Gates’ path to writing, politics and publishing:

Gates taught in the Goddard MFA for years and at Colby College, CCNY, Maine Maritime Academy, NYU and in community settings. A Board member of The Cannery at South Penobscot, she has had a few chapters living in Maine from childhood to the present and now resides in Brooksville. (

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Beatrix Gates

Hammond Hall
Winter Harbor  ME  04440