KAA 2019 Poetry Events

4th Annual Mangion Poetry Celebration

Date:  Saturday, May 11, 2019
Times:  1:30 PM & 7 PM
Location:  First Congregational Church, 23 Pepperrell Rd., Kittery Point, ME.
Suggested Donation is $20.00 for both events or $15.00 for an individual event.

Poet Catherine Barnett will be featured in our annual Mangion Poetry Celebration on Saturday, May 11, at the First Congregational Church in Kittery Point.

The event begins at 1:30 pm, with a public interview and craft talk with Ms. Barnett.  The program continues in the evening with a reading, reception, and book signing beginning at 7 pm.  Live music will be performed by David Graf on guitar and Kent Allyn on bass.

Former Portsmouth Poet Laureate Kimberly Cloutier Green will serve as the host for the afternoon and evening events.

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.

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, along with signed copies of Barnett’s books, will be available for sale during the reception.

The suggested donation is $20.00 for both events or $15.00 for an individual event.  All proceeds benefit the work of the Kittery Art Association.  Doors open a half hour before each event.  For more information, call 207-451-9384 or email info@kitteryartassociation.org.


Charles Simic

In case you missed last year’s Mangion Poetry Celebration held May 5, 2018, with 15th U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Simic…

Go 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).

This event is named for our dear friend Bob Mangion, founding member of First Tuesday Poets and longtime supporter of the KAA. 

All proceeds from this event benefit the Kittery Art Association.  

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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