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Former Maine Poet Laureate To Deliver Original Work At Mills' Inauguration

Wesley McNair

Maine Governor-Elect Janet Mills has asked former Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair to deliver an original poem written for her inauguration Wednesday evening in Augusta.

McNair is a professor emeritus at the University of Maine at Farmington, Mills' hometown. An inaugural poem had long been a prominent part of the inaugural ceremony. That changed eight years ago when Republican Paul LePage decided against including an official poem as part of the occasion.

McNair joined Ed Morin on Maine Things's Considered. In keeping with the Governor-elect's wishes McNair isn't providing details of his new work, but he says he's pleased that poetry is being included.

Maine Public Radio, television and online will air the inaugural ceremony live, beginning Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

Originally published 6:54 p.m. Dec. 31, 2018

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.