LEWISTON – Kate Barnes, of Appleton, Maine’s first poet laureate and author of two poetry collections, will read from her work at Bates College at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave.

Barnes’ poetry has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker and The Village Voice. The American Scholar named one of her poems “Poem of the Year” in 1999. Her two most recent books of poetry are “Where the Deer Were” in 1994 and “Kneeling Onion” in 2004.

The daughter of Maine writers Henry Beston and Elizabeth Coatsworth, Barnes grew up in Maine and Massachusetts, and lived for many years in California. She has four grown children and lives on a farm in Appleton in Knox County.

Sponsored by the Department of English, the reading is open to the public free of charge.

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