Poets Corner to host Richard Blanco, Carrie Fountain, Rajiv Mohabir – PenBayPilot.com

Poets Corner to host Richard Blanco, Carrie Fountain, Rajiv Mohabir – PenBayPilot.com

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco will appear on ThePoetsCorner.org in conversation with fellow poets Carrie Fountain and Rajiv Mohabir, Sunday, May 1, 2022,  from 4 – 5:30 p.m., via Zoom. This event is brought to you in collaboration with Maine Media Workshops + College.
These three poets are teaching workshops and craft seminars during the fourth annual Writers Harbor (r) Poetry Week, from June 27-July 1, on Maine Media’s campus in Rockport. 
To introduce these poets, Meg Weston, co-founder and director of The Poets Corner, will facilitate a conversation about their work, their creative practice, and their approaches to teaching the craft of poetry. 
In addition, Maine Media and The Poets Corner will announce the finalists, honorable mentions, and winner of the 2022 Chapbook Contest.
Maine’s Richard Blanco is a presidential inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher, and memoirist.
“His work invites us to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity,” said The Poets Corner, in a news release. “Blanco appeals to audiences everywhere and inspires a new way to think and feel about the poetry of our day, making it an accessible, inclusive, and transformative part of our everyday lives.”
 
Carrie Fountain is a poet and novelist, and serves as the 2019 Texas Poet Laureate. She is the author of three poetry collections, The Life, Instant Winner, and Burn Lake, winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award.  Her first children’s book, The Poem Forest, tells the story of American poet W.S. Merwin and the palm forest he grew from scratch on the island of Maui.
She is the host of KUT’s This is Just to Say, a radio show and podcast where she has intimate conversations on the writing life with other poets and writers.
 
Rajiv Mohabir is an Indo-Caribbean American author of three poetry collections: The Taxidermist’s Cut, Cowhered’s Sonand Cultish; a book of translation, I Even Regret Night; and his hybrid memoir, Antiman. He is the winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize, a 2015 PEN/Helm Translation Fund Grant, a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry, and has received numerous fellowships. 
He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from Queen College, CUNY and his PhD in English from the University of Hawaii.
 
To register for this May 1 event and more information:  www.ThePoetsCorner.org/events
To register for a week-long workshop online and for more information: www.mainemedia.edu
 
The Poets Corner is a platform created to foster community among writers and readers of poetry and short prose. Founded by former Maine Media Workshops + College president Meg Weston and author/writing coach Kathrin Seitz, The Poets Corner is based in Mid-coast Maine, and hosts virtual readings on the second Sunday of each month. 
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