Arts & living

  • Poems from Here

    With Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum   Today’s poem is “Ode to Autumn” by Sally Bliumis-Dunn. Her poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Plume, Prairie Schooner, The Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-day,” and The Writer’s Almanac. “Ode to Autumn” is from her third full-length collection, “Echolocation,” which was published by Plume Editions, MadHat Press

  • “Call Me American” author to kick off literary fest

    “Call Me American” author to kick off literary fest

    BLUE HILL — “Call Me American,” Abdi Nor Iftin’s story of his quest to emigrate from war-torn Somalia to Maine, caused a stir when it was published in June. Iftin will kick off this year’s Word literary arts festival Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Emlen Hall on South Street. Brook Ewing Minner, host

  • In the Right Place

    In the Right Place

    Editor’s note: Brooklin author/photographer Richard J. Leighton creates the popular “In the Right Place” posts online about life and nature in Maine. He will share a post the second Thursday of each month in The Ellsworth American. The former Washington, D.C., trial lawyer and his architect wife, Barbara, summered in Brooklin for more than 25

  • Artist Richard Kapral immersed in his medium after 75 years of work

    Artist Richard Kapral immersed in his medium after 75 years of work

    STEUBEN — Abstract Expressionist painter Richard Kapral inhabits a storybook cottage — albeit one with a chandelier dripping with crystals. A narrow courtyard, buffering his house from the road, is filled with hostas. The lushly leafed shade plant is Kapral’s favorite perennial. He particularly likes a variety called “Sum and Substance.” Asiatic lilies, phlox and

  • Corea printmaker keeps creating at age 90

    Corea printmaker keeps creating at age 90

    COREA — Don’t tell Dan Miller to retire. The printmaker and sculptor celebrated his 90th birthday this summer, but, beginning at 7 a.m. each day, he is most likely to be found carving wood in his Corea studio. A native of Brooksville, Pa., Miller also continues to work as an instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy

  • Novel follows middle-schooler to a struggling mill town

    Novel follows middle-schooler to a struggling mill town

    PORTLAND — From Woolwich author Jennifer Richard Jacobson, who wrote the award-winning “Small as an Elephant” and “Paper Things,” comes “The Dollar Kids,” a heart-tugging novel for 10- to 14-year-olds about guilt and grief, family and friendship and, above all, community. The story is illustrated by the prize-winning comic book artist Ryan Andrews, who lives