AUGUSTA — The University of Maine at Augusta’s 11th annual Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, the state’s largest annual poetry event, will take place 6-8 Friday eveningin Jewett Auditorium, and 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Saturday in the Richard Randall Student Center.

This year’s theme, A Tribute to Anthology, features Maine poet, Wes McNair reading from his recently published memoir, Words I Choose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry. Other highlights include featured poets Lee Sharkey and David Adams.

Paying homage to UMA’s 2012/2013 academic theme, Food, there will be a panel discussion on poetry and food, with panelists: Claire Hersom, a UMA English alumnus and local poet; Stu Kestenbaum, poet and Director of Haystack in Deer Isle; Linda Tatelbaum, writer and retired professor from Colby; and Jeffrey Thomson, UMF Associate Professor of English and poet, with facilitator, Duff Plunkett.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, 6-8 p.m.

* A welcome from UMA President Allyson Hughes Handley.

* Music by UMA’s En Route Standards Ensemble,

* Featured Poet, Wes McNair reading from his memoir, Words I Choose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

* A selection of poets reading from Sun Shining on Snow, by Senior College Poets

* A selection of poets reading from Take Heart, edited by Wes McNair

* Panel discussion on Poetry and Food

* Featured Poet, Lee Sharkey

* A selection of poets reading from Passion and Pride: Poets in Support of Equality, edited by Bruce P. Spang

* Featured Poet, David Adams

* Open microphone

The Terry Plunkett Poetry Festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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