The Harlow Gallery will celebrate National Poetry Month with a special guest at their April poetry reading.

Alice Gifford will read from and sign copies of her newly published collection of poems, “Sailing for Home,” at 7 p.m. Friday,  April 24 at the gallery, located at 160 Water St. in Hallowell.

Gifford’s poetry has won awards from the Maine Poets Society and the University of Maine Augusta student poetry competition, as stated in a news release. Many of her poems have been previously published in journals and anthologies. “Sailing For Home” is her first volume of collected poems. They speak of Maine, the weather, family, sailing, loss, nature and the news with wry, appreciative observation.

Gifford and her husband, Hal, established and operated Kennebec Books on Western Avenue in Augusta from 1976-1996. Born in Montreal, she graduated from McGill University and did graduate work in French and English at Brown University. She and Hal raised three daughters while teaching in several New England schools. Each summer the family sailed the Maine coast from their homeport of South Bristol. Gifford now lives in Newcastle.

“Sailing for Home” was published by Maine Author’s Publishing in Rockland. Copies will be available for sale at the reading. It is also available in Maine bookstores and online from Amazon and For more information on the signing call the Harlow Gallery at 458-3881.

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