Maine Arts Commission

The Lewiston City Council has named a high school senior the city’s first “Youth Poet Laureate.”


April is National Poetry Month. With the release of new books by a number of prominent Maine poets, we'll discuss the role of poetry in today’s culture and society—and about efforts to make poetry relevant to people in today’s world.


What are the different kinds of boundaries that affect us as a society? We explore the topic of boundaries, inspired by a current exhibit at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. “Boundaries” is a recent collaborative project between poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class and ethnicity, among others.


Sep 9, 2016

In conjunction with the launch of Maine Public’s new feature Poems from Here, we discuss the role of poetry in school and in life.

Poems from Here airs on Fridays right after Maine Calling, 1:55 pm, starting September 9th.


Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine Poet Laureate , Interim Director of the Maine College of Art, and former Director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts


The role of poetry in our lives.

Guests:  Richard Blanco, historic inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist. His latest books is 'The Prince of los Cocuyos.'

Tony Hoagland, poet and writer. His poetry collection, What Narcissism Means to Me, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. 

Telling Room: 'A Strike of Stars' by Cameron Jury

Jun 8, 2014

Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room In Portland. This installment is called "A Strike of Stars" by Cameron Jury, a seventh grader at Scarborough Middle School. The poem was inspired by a school workshop on "Wild Maine Weather."

Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room In Portland. This week, a poem by Taryn Brennan, a senior at Deering High School in Portland.

I. Venus Flytrap


Feb 14, 2013

Just in time for Valentine's Day - poetry - the language of love. A panel of poets, including Richard Blanco - who delivered the poem at the Presidential Inauguration last month - discussed all things poetic.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Richard Blanco, Inaugural poet

Megan Grumbling, Poet, instructor, theater critic

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Poet and VP of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance board of directors