Carl Little, author of Ocean Drinker, New & Selected Poems, director of communications and marketing at the Maine Community Foundation, is author of numerous art books.
Often marked by wordplay, Carl Little's poems offer a sense of existence that is sometimes surreal and always engaging. From Captain Ahab transported to a modern-day whale watch, to "Calvin Trillin," a poem that revolves around mistaken identity, Little casts a curious eye on the world around him. Maine motifs as well as personal history enrich this lively verse.
The poems in Ocean Drinker have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Paris Review, Edge of Eden, The Hudson Review, Words & Images, The Georgia Review, Off the Coast, The Puckerbrush Review, The Maine Progressive and The Cafe Review. The anthology The Maine Poets (2003), edited by Wesley McNair, features two of Little's poems. His poem "Ten Tourists Visit Baker's Island, ca. 1900" won the 2002 Friends of Acadia poetry competition, judged by Marion Stocking.
An ex-New Yorker, Little holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MFA from Columbia University and a master's from Middlebury College. Prior to joining the staff of the Maine Community Foundation, he directed the Ethel H. Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic. In 2000 he was presented with the Acadia Arts Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the arts on Mount Desert Island where he lives and writes. Little is a critic and author of many art books, including The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper's New England.