Hybrid 2021 Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival presents visual, literary arts

“This earlier 12 months has been complicated,” claimed the College of  Maine in Augusta, in a news release. “We have been quarantining, masking, ‘pivoting,’ increasing up, breaking down, and just hoping to hold it jointly.”

To mark the events of this moment, the once-a-year Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival will split out of its common structure, Friday, April 30, to rejoice the College of Maine at Augusta’s (UMA) 2020-2021 tutorial topic of “Outbreak,” a matter inclusive of viral outbreaks, outbreaks of social justice, and outbreaks of creativity.

To join this Digital function: https://maine.zoom.us/j/84500105702

The Plunkett Festival will partner with the UMA Danforth Gallery to deliver a virtual multifaceted literary and arts party on April 30, 2021. Further aspects on the Danforth Gallery Exhibition are out there at www.uma.edu/news/the-outbreak-project-exhibition-april-6-30-2021/

Offering the keynote for the party will be Maine’s previous poet laureate (2000 – 2006), Baron Wormser. Wormser is the author of nine collections of poetry, as perfectly as two texts on pedagogy, a memoir, and two collections of essays. He is an avid defender of poetry, peace, and the energy of language to make collective transform. Wormser will communicate on UMA’s educational theme of Outbreak, as well as read through some of his get the job done.

The April 30 celebration will be stuffed with readings, artwork displays, an art installation, and a general performance by artist and UMA part-time lecturer, Patricia Brace.

The function will also figure out those people chosen to obtain awards in the annual Student Poetry Contest, which invites University of Maine Process undergraduate learners and Maine significant school learners to post poems for recognition.

This calendar year two extra contests were added, the Outbreak! Writing Undertaking, which will realize prepared pieces including poems, flash fiction, shorter tales, resourceful nonfiction, essays, or any mixture of blurred genres from the neighborhood and the Outbreak Job Exhibition, which invited Maine visual artists from UMA, substantial faculties, and bordering communities to submit function for a juried exhibition at the Danforth Gallery. Outbreak Job Exhibition awards will be declared during the April 30 programming.

These receiving awards will read or screen their operates as part of the method. 

A tentative plan routine* for April 30 follows: 

2:00 pm           Welcome

2:15 pm           Student Poetry Contest Readings and Awards

                                    High University Plunkett Poetry Contest Awards

                                    UMS Plunkett Poetry Contest Awards

2:45 pm           Gallery Performance by Patricia Brace followed by a Zoom Q&A with the Brace and Liz Rhaney, Heather Lyon and Riley Watts, artists who also have performed for the duration of the Outbreak Exhibition.

3:45 pm           Musical Interlude

                        “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

                        Scored by the College of Maine at Augusta’s World Rhythms Ensemble

                        Directed by Brian Shankar Adler

4:00 pm           Outbreak Exhibition Job Awards                       

4:30 pm           Outbreak! Composing Job Readings and Awards

5:00 pm           Baron Wormser Keynote: “Outbreak Time, 3 Poets from 1 Ten years: Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, Bob Dylan” through livestream

5:30 pm           Baron Wormser Examining and Q & A via livestream

*Periods are believed and issue to adjust. 


The Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Pageant, held in April just about every year, was proven in 2002 to honor the memory and accomplishments of Terry Plunkett, an English professor at the College of Maine at Augusta for almost thirty a long time.

An fantastic teacher and mentor to lots of pupils, Plunkett was also co-editor of Kennebec: A Portfolio of Maine Creating, an once-a-year journal published by the college from 1977-1992 and dispersed no cost throughout the state. Lots of Maine writers initial noticed their operate in print in Kennebec, thanks to Terry’s encouragement and advice.

A poet and fiction writer as perfectly as a teacher and editor, Plunkett assisted manage and immediate the Maine Poets Festival, a vastly common celebration of poets and poetry, which ran from 1976-1983 at UMA, the Higher education of the Atlantic, and the Maine University of Artwork.

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