News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, October 17, 2019
Poetry Crawl returns to Word

The Poetry Crawl through Blue Hill businesses is returning to Word, the literary arts festival planned for downtown Blue Hill October 24-27. One of the most popular features of the festival, the crawl will bring six Maine poets to Blue Hill’s Main Street area Saturday, October 26.

The poets will be former Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl along with Sonja Johanson, Mark Statman, Kifah Abdullah, Marie Epply and Elizabeth Garber. Readings will take place sequentially at venues throughout downtown. Audience members may start at the beginning or jump in at any point.

Marie Epply begins the crawl at 1 p.m. at Blue Hill Books, followed by Mark Statman, 1:50 p.m, at Thurston’s; Sonja Johanson, 2:40 p.m. at Shaw Institute, and Elizabeth Garber, 3:30 p.m. at Harbor House Tea Room. The crawl will conclude at Blue Hill Congregational Church, where Kifah Abdulla will read at 4:20 p.m. and Betsy Sholl at 5 p.m.

The readings will be followed by a festival supper downstairs in the church at 6 p.m. (Suggested donation). Festival-goers will return upstairs at 7 for readings and conversation featuring novelists Joe Hill and Elizabeth Hand, interviewed by Laura Miller, books and culture columnist for Slate.

Word is funded by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission (an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts), as well as other donors. Readings and talks are free and open to the public; paid workshops require pre-registration. Details and registration: or 374-5632.