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Lowry’s Lodge Reprise: Open Poetry Hour at the Maine Jewish Museum

Thursday, June 15, 7 – 8:30 PM

Jim Donnelly and Anna Wrobel are co-curators and hosts of Lowry’s Lodge, one of the longest-running poetry feature series in Maine. And now, after a long hiatus, they are bringing Lowry’s Lodge back with readings at the Maine Jewish Museum. Jim will treat us to some of his new prose, followed by an open poetry hour. Reading time will be determined by the number of sign-ups. A spirited and lively event is promised.

Jim Donnelly was born in Brooklyn and raised in North Carolina, Georgia, and Queens (New York). He began his working life at thirteen at a canning plant, and after-school job where he often worked well into the night. Since then, he has variously been a waiter, foot messenger, factory worker, cab driver, trucker, forklift operator, retail manager, shipping clerk, and working musician. Largey self-educated, he worked as a journalist for a New York arts weekly, penning a social research column called “Media Misinformation.” He not only “summers” in Maine, but falls, winters, and springs there, as well, living in Westbrook, a neighbor to Moon Pie Press, which has published two of his poetry collections, Rifles, Rumors, Gin and Prayer (2013) and That Mischievous Moon (2017).

Anna Wrobel is an American historian, teacher, poet, Holocaust Studies educator, and the daughter of Polish Jewish refugees, a rescue partisan mother and a Soviet soldier father. Her poetry and essays appear in Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast, and Jewish Currents. Anna has two poetry collections, Marengo Street (2012) and The Arrangement of Things (2018). Her work has appeared in University of Maine’s Holocaust and Human Right’s Center’s art and poetry exhibit, Dilemma of Memory, and she has presented for the Puffin Foundation on Jewish resistance. Anna is consultant to the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF) and an Advanced Studies Lerner Fellow of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.

This event is free. Registration is requested.