Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Stonecoast Alum Marcia F. Brown Nominated as Portland's 4th Poet Laureate


by Maine Poetry Central (Dennis Camire)

PORTLAND, ME:  The Portland Poet Laureate Nominating Committee has forwarded its recommendation to the Portland City Council to name Marcia F. Brown of Cape Elizabeth as Portland’s fourth poet laureate. The Portland City Council intends to recognize the recommendation at its Council meeting on June 17th, 2013, open to the public. The official Proclamation, itself very poetic, will be read by a City Council member, with the new Poet Laureate reading one of her poems. A subsequent Inaugural event will be at the Mayo Street Arts Center on Thursday July 11, 2013, featuring the transfer of the handcrafted ceremonial writing pen created for the Portland Poet Laureate endeavour. 

The Portland Poet Laureate recognition process began in 2008 with the election of Portland’s Martin Steingesser as the first awardee, followed by Falmouth’s Steve Luttrell in 2010, and Bruce Spang, also of Falmouth, in 2012.  Each honoree serves a two-year term. Maine Poetry Central, a non-profit located in Kennebunk, provides institutional and inspirational support, including logistics and grant writing. Poets living for at least one year in Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Falmouth, Westbrook, and Cape Elizabeth are eligible to be nominated by any other Maine resident. 

A graduate of Smith College and USM’s Stonecoast M.F.A. program, Marcia F. Brown is the author of three books: What on Earth, published by Westbrook’s Moon Pie Press in 2010; Home to Roost: Paintings and Poems of Belfast Maine, a collaboration with artist Archie Barnes in 2007; and The Way Women Walk, the winning entry in the 2005 chapbook competition by Sheltering Pines Press of Arundel. Nominated for two Pushcart prizes, Brown’s poems have appeared in The Café Review, Poet Lore, Wolf Moon Journal, and Off the Coast, along with numerous other publications and anthologies. Three of her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac” aired on National Public Radio, with one of her poems appearing in Keillor’s recent anthology Good Poems, American Places (Penguin Books 2011). In addition to reading throughout Maine, Marcia co-hosts a monthly reading series with author Penelope Schwartz Robinson, “Local Writers at The Local Buzz” featuring poets, fiction writers, and non-fiction writers at the Local Buzz café and wine bar in Cape Elizabeth.

Details on the Inaugural celebration will be announced at a later date.  For additional information, please contact Dennis Camire at