Poetry Express

Maine poetry read by Maine neighbors



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.

  • 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.
  • We are 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.


2021 Poetry Express Kick-off


With the Telling Room


With host post Kifah Abdulla


With Family Violence Project



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.