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Bringing Maine Poetry and poets to communities

Poetry Express is a collaborative poetry performance program in partnership with Maine State Library that brings poetry and poets to your community.

Program participants select Maine poems with support from Maine State Library, learn to perform those poems in a workshop with a featured poet, and host a community poetry reading and conversation event for the public to come together and celebrate Maine poetry. 

I love poetry and feel that during this time of pandemic, it is essential to connect with people and provide venues that allow emotions to be free.”


Explore Past Programs

2022 Cohort

We’re thrilled to be offering Poetry Express in 2022 to a cohort of five organizations throughout Maine.

Maine TransNet

Featuring Maya Williams

Exploring themes of gender euphoria, a world without gender, and peace for trans people. 

Maine Correctional Facility

Using the power of poetry to tell stories and build community. 

Paradise Found

Featuring Claire Millikin

An intergenerational group of community members from the Mount Desert Island region share their wisdom on the themes of resilience and revolutionary love. 

Southern Maine Worker's Center

Featuring Sass Linneken

Members of the Southern Maine Worker's Center will share community testimony on the ease and hardship, discomfort and solace, heartbreak, and humor encountered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Featuring Valerie Lawson

Celebrating Acadian culture through poetry and folk songs, inspired by the Acadian Archives of UMFK.

Attend an Event

No Events scheduled for Poetry Express

Host an Event

Programs take place between April and October.

Poetry Express offers individuals and organizations in Maine an opportunity to articulate the themes and issues that are really important to them—and to bring their community together to reflect on those things through poetry, with support from MHC, the Maine State Library, and a Maine poet.

Listen to Past Readings

Explore the 105 poetry readings that aired on WERU Community Radio between August 2019 and November 2021.


Everything you need to help you convene your community for Poetry Express.

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