Winthrop’s Bailey Library to host talk by Gretchen Legler and Julia Bouwsma.

WINTHROP — The Bailey Library is set to host Gretchen Legler and Maine State Poet Laureate Julia Bouwsma at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at 39 Bowdoin St.

The talk will explore living off the grid and making a life on 80 acres in backwoods Maine.

The discussion, free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Lakes Regions Forum series started by the library in 2010.

Gretchen Ledgler Submitted photo

Legler teaches creative writing and English at the University of Maine Farmington. She is the author of “Woodsqueer: Crafting a Sustainable Rural Life,” which was published by Trinity University Press and explores agrarian American life and the back-to-the-land movement popularized in the mid-twentieth century, according to a news release from the library.

Ledgler’s writing has earned two Pushcart Prizes and a Notable Essay designation in Best American Essays, and was a finalist for the Steinberg Essay Prize and the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction.

Julia Bouwsma Submitted photo

Bouwsma, Maine’s sixth and current poet laureate, is the author of two poetry collections, “Midden” and “Work by Bloodlight,” both of which received the Maine Literary Award for Poetry. Bouwsma also received the Poet’s Out Loud Prize in 2016 and the Cider Press Review Book Award in 2015.


She serves as director for the Webster Library in Kingfield and teaches creative writing at the University of Maine at Farmington.

For more information, call the Bailey Library at 377-8673 or visit



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