A reception for the EAC Charles Moore Prize for Poetry will be held on Saturday, August 26, 6-8 pm, at Eastport Arts Center. The event will include readings from those who submitted poems to the contest, a formal announcement of the winners in both adult and youth categories, and light refreshments. The published anthology, featuring the winning poems, will be available for purchase at the event.
A collaboration between seasonal resident Charles “Chick” Moore and the Eastport Arts Center, the Charles Moore Poetry Prize was created in 2023 to bring people together through the power of poetry, to help strengthen bonds within our communities, and to provide an outlet to those poets who may lack an arena to share their creative output. This year’s theme of the forest and the ocean was chosen to encourage engagement by Maine’s commercial fishermen and woodsworkers.
Poet and youth contest judge Molly McDonald received her MFA from the University of Montana, teaches English at Washington County Community College, and lives in Eastport with her husband, Damon.
Poet and adult contest judge Heather McHugh taught poetry for 45 years and is a former resident of Eastport now living on the Canadian border in the state of Washington.
Charles Moore is a retired lawyer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who has roots in Eastport and is a seasonal resident. A poetry enthusiast, he came to the EAC to suggest, fund, and help plan this competition. 
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.