The 26SRC Blog

Look here for features on teaching artists, workshops, and other events at 26 Split Rock Cove.
Category: Poetry readings
  • Stuart Kestenbaum to read his poetry at 26 Split Rock Cove
    Posted on May 2, 2016 by Sandy Weisman
    I am thrilled to hear that Stu Kestenbaum will be the next Poet Laureate of Maine!  I asked Stu to come and read at one of the Poetry Salons for many reasons.  First and foremost, his poetry.  I am eager to hear work from his newest book, Only Now, as I haven’t yet read it.   I like to dip into Prayers and Run-on Sentences as Stu seems to express some of my feelings about living in Maine.

    I also have a deep fondness for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.  I have many friends and colleagues who have taken workshops, taught courses, or just visited that beautiful campus.  As an artist and poet, I have an affinity for the person who moves back and forth between words and objects.  I’m hoping others here in the mid-coast region will come to hear Stu for that reason.

    And now I can also say I’ve had two of the five Maine Poet Laureates read at 26 Split Rock Cove.  I hope you’ll join me on Sunday May 22 at 3 pm to meet Stu Kestenbaum, to listen to his fine poems, and to be with other like-minded artists, poets, and poetry enthusiasts for this fun afternoon.

    Reservations are suggested, but not necessary.  A reception will follow the reading!

    Posted on January 17, 2016 by Sandy Weisman
    I am thrilled to invite all lovers of poetry to two Poetry Readings this coming spring.  Please join me in welcoming Betsy Sholl, Kristen Lindquist, and Stuart Kestenbaum to 26 Split Rock Cove.  The readings are free and open to the public, though I suggest you reserve yourself a spot or two by emailing  Refreshments will be served.

    Sunday April 24 at 3 pm  BETSY SHOLL and KRISTEN LiNDQUIST

    Betsy Sholl is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Otherwise Unseeable, which won the 2014 Maine Literary Award for poetry. Other books include Don’t Explain, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize and The Red Line, which won the AWP Prize for Poetry. She is a founding member of Alice James Books, and currently teaches in the MFA in Writing Program on Vermont College of Fine Arts and served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011.  FMI:

    Kristen Lindquist is a poet, freelance writer, and naturalist from Camden, Maine. She has two published collections of poetry, including TRANSPORTATION, which was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award. Garrison Keillor has read three of her poems on National Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac. An avid birder, she writes a monthly nature column for Pen Bay Pilot, in addition to a daily haiku blog titled “Book of Days.” FMI:


    Sunday, May 22 at 3 pm  STUART KESTENBAUM

    Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of four collections of poems— Only Now (Deerbrook Editions), Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving  (Deerbrook Editions), and Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions)—and a collection of essays: The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press).

    His poems and writing have appeared in numerous small-press publications and magazines, including Tikkun, The Sun, Beloit Poetry Journal, Northeast Corridor, and others, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.

    Former United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written that “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”  Kestenbaum has recently retired as the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, which he has served since 1988.  He is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance. He is currently the Chair of the American Craft Council.