Poetry Express

Maine poetry

Read by Maine neighbors

Poetry Express, originally designed by poet Wesley McNair with support from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, connects libraries and local poets in sharing Maine’s poetry with their community.

  • MHC partners with a library 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 at the library, an event for the public to come together and celebrate Maine poetry. 

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.


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represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.