NORWAY – Poets on the Porch has been one of the highlights for passers-by at the Norway Summer Festival on Main Street for the past two years. The poets will again be appearing from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9.

First organized in 2003, this free public event combines the voices of dozens of area poets. In 2003, 14 local poets read for five minutes each and Harrison poet Lisa Moore, Fryeburg poet Arizona Zipper, Portland poet Liz Peavey and Maine Poet Laureate Baron Wormser read for 15 minutes each. The event was held on the porch of the Weary Club.

In 2004, Poets on the Porch II moved to the Norway Memorial Library. An appreciative audience sat comfortably on chairs and blankets. More than 20 area poets, from 16 towns, read for five minutes each. Featured poet Gary Lawless came from Nobleboro to share his own poetry and poems from Iraq and Cuba.

“It’s the diversity of voices that satisfies most, the kind of local chorus they make,” says Lisa Moore of Harrison, organizer of the event. So far, 10 local poets have signed up for 5-minute slots in Poets on the Porch III. They include: Lisa Moore, Ben Hull, John Governale, Mary Hargreaves, Rob Noll, Gary Lawless, Rockie Graham, George Twine, Lisa Campobasso, and Brigid Whitney-Gallagher. There is room for more. Anyone interested can call 207-743-9808 or e-mail [email protected]

Poets on the Porch is free and it’s for people of all ages and literary tastes. The event is part of the Norway Summer Festival and is hosted by Norway Downtown Revitalization and the Norway Memorial Library.

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