EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will continue March 5 at 3 pm with Tom Sexton, author of ten books of poetry, who will share readings of new poems and poems about Maine. His latest collection is Cummiskey Alley: New and Selected Lowell Poems, written about growing up in Massachusetts while the mills were closing. Sexton was a longtime professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, retiring in 1994, and served as Alaska’s poet laureate from 1995 to 2000.

He and his wife Sharyn have lived in Alaska for more than 50 years. They quip that all that fresh air is why he looks so young for someone who is 82. Flipping the usual seasonal-resident paradigm, the Sextons have had a winter, not summer, home in Eastport for more than 20 years. Sadly, this will be the couple’s last year in Eastport, and Tom’s final reading in this community. 

Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center programs are held in Eastport Arts Center’s cozy downstairs Washington Street Gallery, amidst rotating exhibitions. Admission is by voluntary donation; proceeds are shared equally between the presenters and EAC constituent group The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. Additionally, at this time, the EAC encourages people to wear masks when in our building. More information about EAC programs may be found at eastportartscenter.org.