FARMINGTON — Jeffrey Thomson, award-winning poet and author, is celebrating the launch of his new book, “The Belfast Notebooks” with a reading and signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers.
The event is free and open to the public.
“The Belfast Notebooks” traces a poet’s journey deep into a country where “the wine tastes of jasmine and history” as it evokes layers of violence, memory and community. Ranging across Northern Ireland through Italy, Spain, Morocco and back home to Maine, these poems from Thomson’s fifth full-length collection engage myth and classical art.
Thomson is a poet, memoirist, translator and editor. He is the author of multiple books, including his 2015 memoir, “fragile,” the poetry collection “Birdwatching in Wartime,” “The Complete Poems of Catullus: an Annotated Translation” and “From the Fishouse.”
He has been an NEA Fellow; the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Belfast, Northern Ireland; and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University. He is professor of creative writing at the University of Maine at Farmington.
Jeffrey Thomson, poet and professor