Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Just Write Books of Brunswick presents Poetry & Music in the Hall on the first floor of Fort Andross, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick on Sept. 11 from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Vocal and fiddle duo Hope Hoffman and Jim Tolles will perform bluegrass and folk music as well as their original songs and instrumentals.

Noted Maine poet, H.R. Coursen will open the evening’s event and Joyce Pye and Michael Macklin will perform their award-winning poetry during the duo’s 15-minute breaks. The poetry readings are as follows: Herb Coursen, from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m.; Joyce Pye, from 6 to 6:15 p.m.; and by Michael Macklin, from 6:45 to 7 p.m..

Hoffman is known for her high, pure vocals and playful fiddle stylings. Tolles performs on guitar, mandolin and banjo as well as voice. He has recorded for Capitol and Rounder during his 40-year career as a professional musician and music teacher.

H. R. Coursen holds degrees from Amherst College, Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut. The prolific award-winning author has published 30 books of poetry. Many of his plays have been performed, one at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Named one of 25 “Master Teachers of Shakespeare” for the past 100 years in the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada in a poll by Penn State University.

Joyce Pye is an author and poet whose works include essays, historical articles and poetry published in both Maine and Ireland. Her book of poetry, If He Could See Me Now featuring poems of Maine and Ireland, was published by Just Write Books. Her first book, Ireland’s Musical Instrument Makers: Who They Are and How to Find Them, was released by Salmon Publishing, Galway and featured on BBC radio in Ireland. A Maine native with major ramblings abroad, Joyce Pye currently resides in Bath, Maine. Galway is the city, however, that makes her heart sing. Her poetry has appeared in two anthologies, A Sense of Place: Collected Maine Poems and Coming Home Twice.

Michael Macklin of Portland works as a carpenter, as reviews editor for the Cafe Review, and dreams of spending time at the ancient monastery of the island of Sceilig Mhichil off the west coast of Ireland. He received his MFA from Vermont College. He has published poems in the Cafe Review, The Aurorean, Animus, Rattle and other journals, and several anthologies. Michael is the Reviews Editor of The Cafe Review, an international literary journal based in Portland, Maine.

The performances are sponsored by Just Write Books, a Maine book publisher. The event will be just out in the hall from Nancy’s Maine Choice, a co-sponsor, at the east tower entrance of Fort Andross, 14 Maine St. For more information call 729-3600 or visit

Schedule for the evening
Nancy’s Maine Choice presents
Poetry & Music in the Hall
At Fort Andross 1st Floor 1st Tower Entrance
5:15 -5:30 H.R. Coursen
5:30-6:00 Hope Hoffman & Jim Tolles
6:00-6:15 Joyce Pye
6:15-6:45 Hope Hoffman & Jim Tolles
6:45-7:00 Michael Macklin
7:00-7:30 Hope Hoffman & Jim Tolles