Please join the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, the Portland Museum of Art, and Maine Audubon, for a special night of poetry inspired by the exhibition David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History. A group of Black poets who live in Maine will share their poems in different locations around Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, near Driskell’s longtime studio in Falmouth. Driskell found inspiration in the Maine landscape, as well as in the people and experiences of the African diaspora; these poets will share work that demonstrates how Driskell’s legacy lives on in the current moment.
Participating poets include Ian-Khara Ellasante, Arisa White, Samaa Abdurraqib, Myronn Hardy, and Maya Williams.
This event is free, registration is required.
A family happy hour, including art-making activities for all ages, will precede the event from 5 to 6 pm.
Seating is extremely limited so bring your own chair or be prepared to stand. Opening remarks and one reading will begin at 6 pm in the main orchard; poetry readings will then take place at two other locations, between 6:30 and 7:30 pm, so some walking will be necessary. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing.
Please note: Once you select the amount of free tickets, the request for credit card information will go away.