+ (in)visible sisters—a collaborative, hybrid reading with Shana Youngdahl—for the 16 Counties Poetry Series. Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 4pm @ Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, Portland, ME.
+ Poetry Night at PIG + POET with TBA. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 7pm doors, 7:30pm reading @ PIG + POET at Whitehall, Camden, ME.
+ Poetry Night at PIG + POET with Arielle Greenberg, Nick Schroeder, Jacob Fricke, Roxanne Dragon, Rufus Nicoll, and Adelyn Connolly. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 7pm doors, 7:30pm reading @ PIG + POET at Whitehall, Camden, ME. Reserve tickets here or pay at door ($12).
+ Word Portland Reading Series with Shonna Milliken Humphrey and Natasha Mieszkowsk. Monday, March 6, 2017 | 9pm @ LFK, Portland, ME.
+ Be Wilder: A Word Portland Anthology reading with Julia Bouwsma, Martin Steingesser, Douglas W. Milliken, Emily Jane Young, and Zanne Langlois. Friday, December 4, 2015 | 7pm @ Sherman's Books and Stationary, Portland, ME.
+ Be Wilder: A Word Portland Anthology Launch with Patricia O'Donnell, Emily Jane Young, Carolyn Gage, Douglas W. Milliken, Martin Steingesser, Brian Kevin, Jennifer Dupree, Chuck Smithson, Zanne Langlois, and Julia Bouwsma. Friday, November 6, 2015 | 7pm @ Longfellow Books, Portland, ME.
+ Winter Poems with Julia Bouwsma and Frank Giampietro. January 2, 2015 | 6 pm @ Webster Library, Kingfield, ME.
+ Word Portland Reading Series with Julia Bouwsma and Frank Giampietro. November 3, 2014 | 9pm @ LFK, Portland, ME.
+ Greenfield Annual Word Festival with Julia Bouwsma, Connolly Ryan, Dina Stander, and Maria Williams-Russell. October 18, 2013. Greenfield, MA.
+ A springtime exhibition of desire and longing. Details TBA. Opening Friday, March 23, 2018 | Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME.
+ Poetic + Public: The Correspondence of Erased by Us by Alana Dao, The Chart, March 2016.
+ CSArt Five and Ten interview, December 2014.
+ Pleased to announce I was a winner of the fall contest for Peter Mendelsund's "Read, Think, Design: Create Stunning Book Covers" class.
I first read this poem in The American Poetry Review. I reread it and reread it. I printed it out and put it on my wall. I printed an extra copy. Then another. I pulled it out at parties. Slipped it into people's bags. I annotated.
This, my friends, is how a passionate reader reads. (And I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear this type of anecdote.) Meg’s notes and sketches were great, but ultimately, what I loved most about her project (other than the final itself, which is evocative, haunting, restrained, and beautiful) is the way in which she worked through, and past, her other less-polished options. Ultimately our success as book jacket designers depends not just on reading well, and sketching well, but on recognizing what, of our work, is worth keeping and what isn’t. This is what it means to be a good editor of your work. This faculty is the faculty of taste, and not everyone has it!
—Peter Mendelsund, Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf