Poetry Night @ Longfellow Books
Please join us on Thursday, September 7th @ 7pm for a poetry reading with Jim Donnelly, Jenny Doughty, and Claire Hersom, all poets from Moon Pie Press.
Jim Donnelly was born in Brooklyn and raised in North Carolina, Georgia, and Queens, New York. He began his working life at thirteen at a canning plant, an after-school job where he often worked well into the night. Since then he has variously been a waiter, foot messenger, factory worker, cab driver, trucker, forklift operator, retail manager, shipping clerk - and working musician. Largely self-educated, he worked as a journalist for a New York arts weekly, penning a social research column called “Media Misinformation.” He currently drives a bus for a retirement community. He not only “summers” in Maine, but falls, winters, and springs there as well, living in Westbrook, a neighbor to Moon Pie Press. Jim will be here with That Mischievous Moon.
Jenny Doughty is originally British but has lived in Maine since 2002. She is a former English teacher, and Education Adviser to Penguin Books in the UK. She has edited an anthology of pre-20th century poetry Key Poets, and published two children’s non-fiction books Historical Diaries, Letters and Journals, and Breakthroughs in Science under the name Jenny Green. Her short stories and articles have been published in a number of UK magazines, including Bella magazine, Parenting, and First Steps, where she also did a stint as an agony aunt (Brit-speak for a person like Dear Abby who offers answers to readers’ problems). In the United States, her poems have been published in, among others, Naugatuck River Review, Four Way Review, The Aurorean, in a project to put poems on car magnets and coffee cups, and in an anthology of contemporary Quaker poetry, Gathered. Jenny will be here with Sending Bette Davis to the Plumber.
Claire Hersom is a native Mainer who lives in Winthrop. Her work appears in several poetry journals including Yankee magazine. Her book Drowning: A Poetic Memoir (Moon Pie Press) was a supplemental text for UMS Rockland in 2014. She received an Emerging Artist Grant in Literature in 2011 from Boston's St. Botolph Club Foundation. Her poem "October Moon" was anthologized in the second edition of Wes McNair's laureate project, More Poems from Maine, Take Heart, and two of her poems, "Seasons of the Field" and "Norman Lee" , appeared in the Lewiston Sun Journal's "In Verse: Maine Places and People", a 2017 poetry initiative run by Dennis Camire. She volunteers in local schools giving poetry workshops and teaches ELL and high school English to diploma students and college transition students at Winthrop Adult Education. Claire is a big supporter of Maine Equal Justice Partners where she served on the Board of Directors for 4 years, and is one of three organizers for the Hallowell Maine poetry venue the Bookey Readings at the Harlow. She is happiest when she has a granddaughter close by, or if not, a poetry book and some blues. Claire will be here with her poetry book Dreamscape.