LEWISTON – Lillian Baker Kennedy will read some of her poems as well as selected poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Friday, Oct. 24, as part of L/A Arts’ Gallery Talk series. She has chosen poetry to complement the Gallery 5’s current exhibit, “Maine Heritage Photos,” by Ralph Farnham Blood and J.C Bicknell.

“I grew up on Munjoy Hill in Portland, so a number of these photographs depict scenes very familiar to me, and to Longfellow,” said Kennedy. “We have written out of the same natural geography of origin.”

Kennedy is an instructor in the new core curriculum at USM L-A, teaching a course called Thinking About the Arts; Thinking Through the Arts. A volunteer poet curator for past poetry/art exhibits at L-A College’s Atrium Gallery, she has co-edited a number of poetry anthologies.

Kennedy is author of “Tomorrow After Night” (Bay River Press, 2003) and “Notions” (Pudding House, 2004.) In 2005, Cider Press Review nominated her poem “The Red Radio-Flyer Wagon” for a Pushcart Award. Her poetry has been anthologized, exhibited and published in numerous small presses, including the Comstock Review and Puckerbrush Review.

Kennedy practices family law in southern Maine and lives in an old cape near the sea.

Gallery Talks are informal discussions. There is a suggested donation of $10; pre-registration is encouraged. Call 782-7228.

Gallery 5 is at 49 Lisbon St. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, during exhibits. “Maine Heritage Photographs” runs through Nov. 1. For more information, contact L/A Arts at 782-7228 or go online to www.laarts.org.

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