Poetry Express

Maine poetry read by Maine neighbors

Online programs begin spring/summer 2021

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

  • 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.

Poetry Express on WERU 

We are now partnered with WERU Community Radio to broadcast recordings of selected Poetry Express readings!  Tune in every Sunday Morning at 9:30 am or visit the station’s archives to hear past airings.


Poetry Express was originally designed by poet Wesley McNair with support from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

In partnership with:


Funded by:

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily
represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.