Books in the ‘Brook will feature two well-known local poets—Linda Aldrich and Edward J. Rielly—at readings on February 13 at Walker Memorial Library.
Linda Aldrich is Portland’s sixth Poet Laureate. She has published two collections of poetry, Foothold (2008) and March and Mad Women (2012). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently, Balancing Act II: An Anthology of 50 Maine Women, published by Littoral Books. Linda was awarded a Hewnoaks writing residency in 2017, and her poem “Woman-without-Arms” won the Emily Dickinson Award from Universities West Press. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA program, she co-hosts with Marcia Brown the monthly reading series “Local Buzz” in Cape Elizabeth, now in its ninth year. Linda lives in Portland with her husband, David Miller, and their exceptional dog, Simba. For more information about the poetry of Linda Aldrich, visit her website at https://www.lindaaldrichpoetry.com/.
Edward J. Rielly is professor emeritus of English and former director of the Writing and Publishing Program at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine. He is the author or editor of approximately thirty books. They include a memoir of his childhood (Bread Pudding and Other Memories: A Boyhood on the Farm), children’s picture books, biographies, cultural histories, literary studies, examinations of baseball and football, and many collections of poetry. His Answers Instead: A Life in Haiku, published by Encircle Publications, is the 2016 recipient of the Mildred Kanterman Memorial Award from the Haiku Society of America. His most recent books of poetry are Beautiful Lightning: Spiritual Poems in a Difficult World, Some Things Still the Same, and A Bed of Geraniums. He lives in Westbrook, Maine, with his wife, Jeanne.
Books in the ‘Brook is a free monthly reading series that supports and nurtures the local writing and reading community. The February 13 readings will be from 6-7 p.m. in the Gathering Room at Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main Street in Westbrook. All are welcome!