Maine’s new Poet Laureate

Stuart’s latest book
Stuart Kestenbaum
Stuart Kestenbaum

Stuart Kestenbaum named Maine’s 5th Poet Laureate. Stuart has been promoting poetry for years reading at Haystack, and wherever he goes, not to mention a life of devotion to art and the humanities. His service to artists and the school of Haystack as director included almost daily reading of other poets, often Maine poets, taking time for “what’s important,” is an example of the way, in small ways and in great ways, he contributes to the culture of Maine.

He is currently the chair of the American Craft Council, for which he was elected an honorary fellow in 2006. He was also named an honorary member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) during NCECA’s 50th annual conference in Kansas City, MO.

“Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life,” Ted Kooser, from 2004-06 the nation’s thirteenth poet laureate, wrote in regard to Kestenbaum’s Prayers and Run-on Sentences. “No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

Portland Press Herald article by Bob Keyes

A review of Only Now by Tom Holmes, The Line Break / Redactions magazine

A conversation with Stuart Kestenbaum


Poet Laureate Announcment
Maine Arts Commission Announcement

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