Republican Journal advances 15th annual Poets/Speak!

The Republican Journal reported more than 25 well-known and emerging poets, University of Maine students and musicians will celebrate National Poetry Month at the 15th annual Poets/Speak! The event will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at Bangor Public Library. The theme for this year is “Origins: Roots & Sources,” to coincide with the library’s monthlong Smithsonian exhibit, “Human Origins.” Festivities will open with a musical performance of poems from organizer Kathleen Ellis’ collection, “Dear Darwin.” Ellis is an adjunct assistant professor in the UMaine Honors College. Her poems will be set to music composed by Scott Brickman and featuring soprano Nancy Ogle and pianist Ginger Hwalek, who will be joined by UMaine student readers, according to the article. “Dear Darwin,” released as a Parma Recordings CD, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award, the article states. The annual event is sponsored by the Bangor Public Library and the UMaine Department of English.