Baron Wormser to give keynote and looking through, sign up for digital function at https://maine.zoom.us/j/84500105702
The once-a-year Plunkett Maine Poetry Competition will break out of its typical structure to celebrate the College of Maine at Augusta’s 2020-21 tutorial theme of “Outbreak,” a topic inclusive of viral outbreaks, outbreaks of social justice, and outbreaks of creativeness.
The Plunkett Festival will lover with the UMA Danforth Gallery to give a virtual multifaceted literary and arts celebration on April 30. Additional facts on the Danforth Gallery Exhibition, which has been prolonged to Might 6, are obtainable at https://www.uma.edu/news/the-outbreak-venture-exhibition-april-6-30-2021/.
Offering the keynote for the party will be Maine’s previous poet laureate (200006), Baron Wormser. Wormser is the writer of nine collections of poetry, as well as two texts on pedagogy, a memoir and two collections of essays. He is an avid defender of poetry, peace, and the ability of language to make collective transform. Wormser will talk on UMA’s tutorial theme of Outbreak, as perfectly as go through some of his operate.
A tentative software routine* for April 30 follows:
Welcome 2:00 pm
Pupil Poetry Contest Readings and Awards 2:15 pm
Large School Plunkett Poetry Contest Awards
UMS Plunkett Poetry Contest Awards
Danforth Gallery Functionality by Patricia Brace 2:45 pm
Musical Interlude 3:45 pm
“The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman
Scored by the University of Maine at Augusta’s Worldwide Rhythms Ensemble
Directed by Brian Shankar Adler
Outbreak Exhibition Project Awards 4:00 pm
Outbreak! Creating Project Readings and Awards 4:30 pm
Keynote by Baron Wormser 5:00 pm
“Outbreak Time, A few Poets from One 10 years:
Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, Bob Dylan” by using livestream
Baron Wormser Looking through and Q & A by means of livestream 5:30 pm
*Instances are estimated and matter to modify.
The Plunkett Maine Poetry Competition, held in April just about every calendar year, was founded in 2002 to honor the memory and accomplishments of Terry Plunkett, an English professor at the College of Maine at Augusta for practically 30 several years. An outstanding teacher and mentor to numerous students, Terry was also co-editor of Kennebec: A Portfolio of Maine Writing, an yearly magazine published by the university from 1977-92 and dispersed totally free throughout the state. A lot of Maine writers first noticed their get the job done in print in Kennebec, thanks to Terry’s encouragement and steering.
A poet and fiction writer as perfectly as a trainer and editor, Terry served organize and immediate the Maine Poets Competition, a massively well-known celebration of poets and poetry, which ran from 1976-83 at UMA, the School of the Atlantic and the Maine College of Art.
His son, Duff Plunkett, also a poet, was a winner of the arts in common and the Plunkett Festival in specific. He sat on the organizing committee for 17 yrs, exactly where he introduced his signature wit, creativity, and ingenuity to the competition system. In Portland, Duff was a mainstay at readings and a supporter of both of those producing and celebrated poets. He worked as an global economist, traveling extensively around the world, particularly in Africa. Fluent in at least eight unique languages, Duff’s cultural breadth was in depth.
To honor the memory of both equally Terry and Duff, the competition has been renamed the Plunkett Poetry Pageant.