October 21st at 11am Scott Nash, Children’s Author and Illustrator
Scott Nash will be here to draw for you and tell stories! His latest work is the illustrations for a book called I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is In Trouble Today. Scott is also well-known for his illustrations for the Flat Stanley books.
In 2004, Scott made his debut as author-illustrator with the publication of Tuff Fluff: The Case of Duckie’s Missing Brain, one of our all-time favorite books. He also created an illustrated novel called The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay The Pirate. Scott has lectured widely and taught at Boston University, Northeastern University, and the Art Institute of Boston. He helped establish and is the chair of the illustration department at the Maine College of Art. Scott is a graduate of the Swain School of Design and holds a master’s in Graphic Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He lives with his wife, collage artist and illustrator Nancy Gibson-Nash, and their dog, Zephyr, on what he calls “a floating chunk of Portland” called Peaks Island, Maine.
October 23rd at 6:30pm Thomas Moore Ageless Soul
Thomas Moore is the renowned author of Care of the Soul, the classic #1 New York Times bestseller. In Ageless Soul, Moore reveals a fresh, optimistic, and rewarding path toward aging, one that need not be feared, but rather embraced and cherished. In Moore’s view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled, loving, and connected person.
Using examples from his practice as a psychotherapist and teacher who lectures widely on the soul of medicine and spirituality, Moore argues for a new vision of aging: as a dramatic series of initiations, rather than a diminishing experience, one that each of us has the tools–experience, maturity, fulfillment–to live out. Subjects include:
*Why melancholy is a natural part of aging, and how to accept it, rather than confuse it with depression
*The vital role of the elder and mentor in the lives of younger people
*The many paths of spiritual growth and learning that open later in life
*Sex and sensuality
*Building new communities and leaving a legacy
Ageless Soul will teach readers how to embrace the richness of experience and how to take life on, accept invitations to new vitality, and feel fulfilled as they get older.
October 25th at 7pm Poetry After Hours
The season opener is going to rock the block with acoustic musician Scott Plante and poet extraordinaire Samantha Hayford! Our theme this month is Mental Health and Addiction Awareness. As always, bring your friends, bring your poetry, and get ready for a phenomenal night of music, poetry and open mic on the second hour!
October 27th at 7:30pm Deerbrook Poets Dennis Camire & Martin Steingesser
Two great Maine poets cross the border to be with us on a special Friday night event.
Martin Steingesser grew up and lived on New York City’s Lower East Side, moving to Maine in 1981. Also a performance poet, he works actively both presenting and teaching in the Maine Arts Commission’s Touring Artist and Artist-in-Residence programs. His poems have garnered national recognition, and he has been a Fellow of Blue Mountain Center for the Arts and recipient of the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Writers’ Conference Pierre Menard Poetry Scholarship. Martin was Portland Maine’s first Poet Laureate
Dennis Camire currently teaches college writing and creative writing at Central Maine Community College and at White Mountains College. Additionally, he’s on the board of Maine Poetry Central which curates The Portland Poet Laureate Project and the poetry series, In Verse: Maine Places and People, which appears in The Sun Journal Sunday Edition. His last book, Stone By Stone: Poems about the Art of Dry Stone Walling, was published by Finishing Line Press. He lives in an A-frame in West Paris, Maine.