Rockport Public Library Event Calendar

Date: 5/31/2023
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Title: An Evening of Poetry with Claire Millikin and Ellen M. Taylor
Contact: Julia Pierce, 207-236-3642
Location: Rockport Room
Description: CLAIRE MILLIKIN (RAYMOND) is the author of nine books of poetry, including Elegiaca Americana (Littoral Books 2022) and Transitional Objects (Unicorn Press 2022). A 2021 recipient of the Maine Literary Award, and a 2022 semifinalist for the PSV North American Writers and Publishers Poetry Book Award, Millikin teaches art history and American Studies at the University of Maine, at Bates College, and for the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Millikin lives in Owls Head. CLICK HERE to learn more about Milliken and her work.

“Claire Millikin has made her own persistent music of a fully felt, fully experienced life in which ‘what's broken never heals completely.’ Often edging into what seems unspeakable, she finds a language that remains plain, steady, scrupulous, unsentimental and unshowy. Poem after poem registers the poet’s ‘battle for the moral world’—illuminating not only a single life but its human and environmental surroundings.” - EAMON GRENNAN, author of Still Life with Waterfall

ELLEN M. TAYLOR has three poetry collections from Moon Pie Press, Homelands (2022), Compass Rose (2015), and Floating (2009), as well as two chapbooks Humming to Snails (2005), and Letters from the Third World by Sheltering Pines Press (2006). Taylor holds degrees from Tulane University, University of New Hampshire, and Harvard University. She has published her work in numerous regional, national and international journals. Taylor lives in Appleton and teaches writing and literature at the University of Maine in Augusta and at the Maine State Prison in Warrren. CLICK HERE to learn more about Taylor and her work.

"Ellen M. Taylor, in this brilliantly crafted and arranged book, shows again how home might not be something one has to deserve, but feels like a reward when one has arrived. Compelling and full of discoveries, this book is both a pleasure and a revelation." - BJ WARD, author of Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems, 1990-2013


Books of poetry will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshements will be provided.         207-236-3642