Poetry, Peace Potluck Held at USM LAC

The Arts and Humanities program at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College recently held a “Poetry, Peace Potluck”, a day-long celebration of the arts. The program was organized by Professor Barry Rodrigue and nationally recognized poet and bookstore owner Gary Lawless.

The event highlighted film, poetry, and the arts in Central Maine. The film “Down by the River’s Edge” by Susan Gagnon of Farmington, made its Lewiston-Auburn premiere. It was followed by a discussion of the film with Gagnon and a tour of USM’s Franco-American Collection with coordinator James Myall.

Over 25 poets read parts of their work along with other works. The afternoon also included a special labor reading in recognition of May Day, by USM professor and actor Harlan Baker and social activist Raymond Luc Levasseur.

Others attending the event included State Representative Brian Bolduc from Auburn, and Doug Bourn, President of the Southern Maine Labor Council (AFL-CIO).

The event was coordinated by students from the Arts and Humanities program, including Joline Lewis, Shikara Nugent and Rachel Simon.

Gary Lawless
Gary Lawless of Nobleboro reads a poem during the Poetry, Peace Potluck event at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College. The day-long celebration, organized by Lawless and Professor Barry Rodrigue, highlighted the arts in and labor Central Maine.

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