Host Poetry Express

Maine poetry read by Maine neighbors

Back to News & Announcements

Applications due March 1
for April - October programs

Poetry Express is a collaborative poetry performance program of the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library that brings poetry and poets to your community.

Check out two great examples from 2020:
with Family Violence Project and Samaa Abdurraqib | with Kifah Abdulla

  • Apply now
    This year’s programs will likely all be online and should take place between April and October 2021.
  • We are especially looking for applications from partners who recently hosted a Discussion Project and would like to host a Poetry Express performance as a next step.
  • MHC partners with a community and a local poet who identify important community themes. 
  • The Maine State Library provides curated resources, anthologies, and collections of Maine poetry—from the historical to the contemporary—that touch on the community’s themes. 
  • Community members select Maine poems, learn to perform those poems in a workshop with a local poet, and host a community poetry reading and conversation event.