After the Ogden family reads poems in honor of their father Hugh, formerly of Rangeley and Connecticut, and after some attendees read their poems, our featured poet Linda Aldrich of Portland and Rangeley will read from her 2021 book, Ballast, (Deerbrook Editions) and from her two earlier collections of poetry--Foothold (2008) and March and Mad Women (2012) more. Linda currently serves as Portland's sixth Poet Laureate. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, among them Crazy Woman Creek, Indiana Review, Cimarron Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Florida Review, Poet Lore, Puerto del Sol, Snake Nation Review, Words and Images, and Balancing Act II: An Anthology of 50 Maine Women. Linda was awarded a Hewnoaks writing residency in 2017, and her poem “Woman-without-Arms” won the Emily Dickinson Award from Universities West Press. She also co-hosts with Marcia Brown the monthly reading series “Local Writers” in Cape Elizabeth, now coming into its tenth year. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (English and French), Florida State University (MA Theatre Arts), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA/ Poetry). She was director of the Young Conservatory and a member of the repertory at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco for ten years. Later, she was Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado. More recently, she has taught English and writing classes at Keene State College and Southern Maine Community College. Currently, Linda lives in Portland and Rangeley with her husband, David Miller, Director of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, and their exceptional dog, Simba. For more information about her poetry, visit her website: at https://www.lindaaldrichpoetry.com
For information about the Ogden Evening, see https://margaretyocom.com/poetry/ogden-poetry-evening
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