Work closely with MHC staff, the Maine State Library, and a Maine poet to articulate the themes that are most important to your community —and create a poetry performance that brings your community together.

We are especially keen to support proposals by people and organizations serving those who are deeply isolated from each other and the wider community, and those whose work has public impact.


My organization is hosting a MHC program or received a grant, can we still apply for Poetry Express?

Yes! We encourage grantees and Discussion Project hosts to explore Poetry Express as a next step.

What is the time commitment for our participants?

Participants will attend one 2-hour workshop with a Maine poet to prepare for the event in addition to the 1 1/2-hour performance for their community.

Do I need to be a part of an organization to apply?

Not at all. All you need is a few people you think will be interested in participating and a way to gather an audience. We can work with you to help build that audience!


Programs take place between April and October

Organizations serving and led by members of communities traditionally under-resourced in the humanities are encouraged to apply.