WATERVILLE — The Maine Poetry Express event is returning to Waterville, Mid-Maine poets of all ages are invited to submit their original poems to Maine Poetry Express Waterville, from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 29, at Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water St. Division categories are grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, college, and adult. The deadline for the submission of poems is 7 p.m.,Wednesday, April 9. Three poets from each division will have poems selected by a blind review of independent judges to ensure fair and consistent selection.

Authors of chosen poems will be invited to read their original work to the community at the Maine Poetry Express Waterville stop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Maine Poetry Express is an initiative of Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair. The intent of the program is to celebrate flourishes of poetry in communities all around Maine. McNair will be the honored guest at the event.

The purpose of Maine Poetry Express Waterville is to shine a light of awareness on poetry in the Mid-Maine region, to come together as a diverse community to celebrate poetic thoughts, and to bring recognition to our area poets of all ages.

At the inaugural event in 2013, more than a dozen Mid-Maine area poets read their original work to an audience of well over 100.

This years organizers are Colby College Special Collections, Colby College Farnham Writers’ Center, Waterville High School, Waterville Main Street, and the Waterville Public Library.

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