Eastport Arts Center will present a free public poetry workshop on Saturday, April 22, from 1-2:30 pm. Instructor Annaliese Jakimides will lead attendees in a session on epistolary poetry—poems that are also letters, and which engage reader and writer with a ‘ritual of connection.’ Devised by Maine Poet Laureate Julia Bouwsma and supported by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and the Maine Arts Commission, a statewide epistolary poetry project is underway, introducing the form through a series of free public workshops across the state.
No experience is necessary. Participants should sign up in advance here.

Annaliese Jakimides is a writer and mixed-media artist who grew up in inner-city Boston and raised a family on 40+ acres in northern Maine, growing almost all their food and pumping water by hand. Her prose and poetry have been broadcast on local and national public radio, and published in many journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Beloit Poetry Review, GQ Italy, and Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger, and Family. Nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, she’s been cited in national competitions. She lives in a small city in middle Maine.
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.