KAA 2020 Poetry Events Schedule

5th Annual Mangion Poetry Celebration

This Event has been canceled for 2020.

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020
First Congregational Church of Kittery Point
23 Pepperrell Rd, Kittery Point, ME

Poet Cate Marvin will be featured in our annual Mangion Poetry Celebration on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at the First Congregational Church of Kittery Point, 23 Pepperrell Rd, Kittery Point, ME

photo by Rex Lott

Cate Marvin was raised in Washington, DC and earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Houston, an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a PhD in English and comparative literature from the University of Cincinnati. Her poetry collections include World’s Tallest Disaster (2001), which won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, Fragment of the Head of a Queen (2007), and Oracle (2015). Marvin coedited, with Michael Dumanis, the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006).  Read more about Cate…

The annual Mangion Poetry Celebration honors beloved KAA member and volunteer Bob Mangion, a longtime supporter of the KAA, founding member of KAA’s First Tuesday Poets, and core member of the decade-long KAA Music Series.  Mangion’s poems have been collected in a chapbook called The Poem, It Came From Me, and this book will be available for sale during the reception.

All proceeds benefit the work of the Kittery Art Association.

For more information, call 207.451.9384 or email info[at]kitteryartassociation.org.


KAA 2019 Poetry Events

Poet Catherine Barnett was featured in our 4th annual Mangion Poetry Celebration on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the First Congregational Church in Kittery Point.

Former Portsmouth Poet Laureate Kimberly Cloutier Green served as the host for the afternoon and evening events in 2019.

Poet Catherine Barnett

Poet Catherine Barnett courtesy photo

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Barnett received her B.A. from Princeton University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.  She is the author of Human Hours (Graywolf Press, 2018); The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012), which was the recipient of the 2012 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award.  Other awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award.

Ms. Barnett’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Washington Post.  Her poetry was featured in The Best American Poetry 2016. She teaches in the writing programs at New York University and is a distinguished lecturer at Hunter College.  She has also taught at Princeton University, The New School, and Barnard College, where she is a Visiting Poet.

KAA 2018 Poetry Events

Charles Simic

In case you missed 2018’s Mangion Poetry Celebration held May 5, 2018, with 15th U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Simic…head on over to www.SeacoastOnline.com, the official website for the Portsmouth Herald, and read the story about the phenomenal interview by KAA member and Portsmouth Poet Laureate Emerita, Kimberly Cloutier Green, followed by a Q&A session and an evening reading, reception and book signing with legendary poet, Charles Simic.

Charles Simic is the author of more than sixty books of poetry, prose, and translation, former editor of the Paris Review, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The World Doesn’t End, and recipient of numerous honors and awards, including The Wallace Stevens Award (2007) and the Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement (2007).


image of feather penPoetry Corner

An Invitation
by Mary-Pat Kingsbury

Everything in the world begins with yes.
-Clarice Lispecter

Let’s meet in the field of disruption –
out there, beyond our garden wall
where voices pull us wordlessly
promising unclaimed magic
we should run to greet
fast as we can
until our features blur
to those we leave behind.

MPK 1/2014
Mary-Pat Kingsbury is a member of the KAA First Tuesday poetry group.

by Mike Gately

Humbling Winter,
masquerading as
quiet solitary time
in clear blue days and sharp
black nights

It’s peaceful air
crystal clean and dry,
yet brittle, harsh, and
hard to breath

The slumbering cold,
aroused from tranquility,
bone aching, eye watering,
core freezing

It’s low profile sun burning
the far horizon
promises warmer days,
that don’t arrive

It’s unobtrusive wind building
to insufferable drifting gales
and blinding blizzard heights

The lull of its moderate pace
as it consumes, patience,
fortitude, and sanity

Mike Gately is a founding member of Kimberly Green’s First Tuesday Poetry Group   2/3/2015

The KAA Gallery, located in scenic Kittery Point, Maine, sponsors a variety of public events including art exhibits, music, poetry, guest lectures & art receptions.

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