News Feature

Originally published in Compass, July 31, 2014
Poetry at the Opera House to celebrate family

Opera House Arts will present Maine poet Gibson Fay-Leblanc, Deer Isle writer Deborah Cummins and local guest readers in an evening of poetry celebrating family on Tuesday, August 5, at 7 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House. A Celebration of Family features community readers Jim Cust and his 12-year-old son, Ian; Dana Douglass; Pam Getto and her sister, Becky Siebert; and Marissa Hutchinson. The evening, which has been curated by Cummins, former chairman of the Poetry Foundation, begins with Fay-Leblanc and in its second half offers poems selected by each of the community readers, along with brief explanations of what their selections mean to them, according to a news release.

Fay-LeBlanc is a writer and teacher living with his family in Portland. A founder of The Telling Room writing project, he was named in 2011 one of Maine’s “emerging leaders” by the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media.

Cummins is the author most recently of an essay collection, Here and Away: Discovering Home on an Island in Maine, as well as two collections of poetry, Counting the Waves and Beyond the Reach. The recipient of various fellowships and awards, Cummins was most recently the winner of the 2013 and 2012 Maine Literary Award in Short Works of Non-Fiction. She resides with her husband in Chicago and Deer Isle.

Tickets are available at the door the evening of the performance, at, or by calling 367-2788.