Maine’s Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum, has selected four Maine Coast high school students to be honored at this year’s Merriconeag Poetry Festival on April 29. Sophomores Myah Garrison and Miles Lloyd, and juniors Charles Van West and Wilson Haims are among twenty finalists from eight area high schools.
The finalists will read their work at a ceremony open to the public on Sunday, April 29, in the Community Hall, at 3 p.m. They will also hear from judge Stuart Kestenbaum, receive booklets containing all of the finalists’ poems, and receive as well gift certificates provided by local bookstores. The top three prize-winners will also be announced; they will have their poems displayed on a large poster that will be distributed to the nearly fifty public and private high schools whose students were invited to submit work.
Three other schools had multiple finalists: Falmouth, Morse, and Cape Elizabeth High Schools. Other finalists attend North Yarmouth Academy, Deering, Spruce Mountain and Gorham High Schools.
Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of four poetry collections: Only Now(Deerbrook Editions, 2014), Prayers & Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook, 2007), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook, 2003), and Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press, 1990)—as well as a collection of essays: The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press, 2012). He also served as director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for 27 years.