Three years ago, S.E.A. Board member Elphie Owen, who teaches at Camden-Rockport Middle School (CRMS), suggested we start Poetry On Windows. Who could have predicted that Poetry on Windows would so quickly become a local institution?
Since 2020, each May over the Memorial Day weekend, poems about the environment appear magically on windows throughout Camden. This year you could also enjoy poems in Rockport, and Lincolnville, and next year you may see them on store windows in Appleton and Hope as well. The poems were written by local students, and scribed onto windows by talented artists from the community.
This spring poet Brian Evans-Jones held workshops in Appleton Village School, CRMS, Hope Elementary, and Lincolnville Central School. The success of these workshops was evident in the 50 poems that graced windows throughout our community. Poetry on Windows has thrived with support from The Bisbee Fund, YouthArts, and Camden National Bank, as well as the help of many talented volunteers, and our young poets. In three short years, the people who make Poetry on Windows possible, have created a memorable three- week event for residents and visitors.