FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will celebrate Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair’s recent winning of the 2015 PEN New England Award for Poetry. A reception and reading will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 19, in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus, according to a news release from the university. The event is free and open to the public.

The festivity, “Blood and Memory — A Celebration of Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and the PEN New England Award,” will include an opening reception to be followed by readings of McNair’s work featuring UMF faculty members Kristen Case, Shana Youngdahl, Daniel Gunn, Jeffrey Thomson, Professor Emeritus McNair, and a solo piano piece by Philip Carlsen.

PEN is a global organization to celebrate literature, and this is one of the major national awards for a book of poems, according to the release.