Ogden Poetry Evening

Hugh Ogden, on Poet's Island, Rangeley Lake. 5 August 2006. Margaret Yocom Photo.

Hugh Ogden, 2006

Hugh Ogden Memorial Evening of Poetry                                                           Rangeley, Maine
at Ecopelagicon Nature Store, 7 Pond Street
Sunday 5 August 2018,  6:00pm. Books of featured writers available here.

2018 Featured poet: Margaret “Peggy” Yocom of Rangeley and Farmington, Maine, reads from her new book of poems based on a controversial Grimms’ fairy tale.  

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Our Evening of Poetry begins with a reading of Hugh Ogden‘s poetry by his family. Then, attenders may read a poem of Hugh’s, tell a story about Hugh, or read one of their own poems. (Guidelines for this open reading here).

Featured poets, writers, storytellers at the Ogden Evening of Poetry:

2017, 6 August, 6pm. Sidney Wade of Rangeley, ME, and Gainesville, FL. She is the author of five volumes of poetry, including Stroke, Empty Sleeves, and, most recently, Straits & Narrows. Her sixth book of poetry, Bird Book, forthcoming in September 2017, has received rave reviews. Her publisher, Atelier26, describes Bird Book as “a universal song of praise to the mysteries and intricacies of the animal world that surrounds us, and a wide-awake hymn, by a master lyricist, to the delights and surprises of our common language.” Poet Randall Mann describes Sidney as “both the supreme heir to Wallace Stevens and one of the most original poets in our language.” Sidney received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Houston, and has served as president of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. A Fulbright scholar and translator of Turkish poetry, she is professor emerita at the University of Florida. A summer and winter resident of Rangeley since 1963, she also writes of the people and places of western Maine. To read her poetry, visit http://www.sidneywade.com

2016, 7 August, 6pm. Stuart Kestenbaum of Deer Isle, Maine Poet Laureate, is the author of four volumes of poetry, the latest Only Now (2014, Deerbrook Editions). The director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 to 2015, he has also authored non-fiction books, such as The View From Here: Craft, Community, and the Creative Process. Stuart’s love of Maine—its people, its arts, and its ways of life—shines in the titles of his poems: “Starting the Subaru at Five Below,” “In Praise of Hands,” “Prayer in the Strip Mall, Bangor, Maine.” Many writers praise his work: Dana Wilde describes Kestenbaum’s newest poems as “accessible sentences” that aim toward “friendly, practical exhortations to live in and appreciate the beautiful dawning moment of now.”

Read several of Stuart Kestenbaum’s poems here, from the Writers’ Almanac website

2015, 2 August, 6pm. Carolyn Locke of Troy, Maine. Carolyn is the author of two poetry

Carolyn Locke

Carolyn Locke

collections—Always This Falling (2010) and The Place We Become (Maine Authors Publishing, 2015)—as well as Not One Thing: Following Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior (2013). A graduate of Bates College and the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College, she taught English, creative writing, and humanities classes at Mount View High School for many years. She has received several Fulbright teacher travel grants to Japan, China, and Morocco. She has published poems in a variety of publications, including Puckerbrush Review, Off the Coast, Bangor Daily News, and Kyoto Journal. Carolyn’s poems feature Maine’s people and places, and they also take her readers on travels to Africa and Asia. Former Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Scholl praises Carolyn’s poems, for within them “transformation can occur through travel” and “deep attention” is paid to the “sacredness of the natural world.”

2014, 3 August. Wesley McNair, Poet Laureate of Maine. Poetry Foundation Biography, and poems.

2013. 4 August. Ron Singer of Weld and New York City. A native and resident of New York City, Ron and his family have summered in Maine since 1969. For the last 14 years, an old farmhouse he rents in Weld with his wife, artist Elizabeth Yamin, has provided Ron with the quiet that enables him to write his most satisfying work. A Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria, he holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. Although he taught in Chicago and Hawaii, he spent most of his working life as an English teacher at Friends Seminary, New York City. For the last decade or so, he has also been a volunteer at Street Squash, an after-school sports and tutoring program in Harlem. Along with over 100 poems, a memoir, and three novellas, Ron has published two novels, one of which is a serial thriller, currently running on-line. He has two books forthcoming in 2013: Uhuru Revisted presents the lives of African pro-democracy activists who Ron interviewed during three extended trips to six African nations during 2010 to 2011. In Look to Mountains, Look to Sea (River Otter Press), Ron Singer offers poems from the coast and from the western mountains of Maine. Read his website.

2012. John Rosenwald and Ann Arbor, Farmington, Maine. Poets and writers, former co-editor and staff member of Beloit Poetry Journal. Read press release here.

2011. Sidney Wade, Rangeley, and Gainesville, Florida, reading from her most recent book Stroke (2008) and more. Read press release about her here.

2010. Lee Sharkey, now of Portland, and Henry Braun, formerly of Weld. Reading from their most recent books A Darker, Sweeter String (2008) and Loyalty (2006), and more.

Peggy Yocom, Jo Radner, and Jeff Todd Titon: folklorists, creative writers, storytellers in Maine

Peggy, Jo, and Jeff

2009. Peggy Yocom, Rangeley and now Farmington; Jo Radner, Lovell and Cambridge, MA: Jeff Todd Titon, Little Deer Isle and Providence, RI. Reading from The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists.

2008. Ken Nye, Freeport. Reading from From the Heart: Poetic Reflections on Growing Old in Maine (2007) and more.

2007. Community Reading.

Other links

Cynthia Munro Pyle’s tribute to Hugh Ogden. “The Poet’s Corner” column in The Daily Bulldog, our great alternative newspaper of western Maine. A poem of his, a poem of hers.

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