PORTLAND — Add Verb Productions, which provides health and wellness education through performance, has publlished its first book, “Out & Allied,” an anthology of 34 youth-written monologues, short plays and poems.

The material focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning – youth and the importance of allies. Included is a guide for directing, producing and writing original pieces and other resources.

A reading and book signing will be at 7 tonight at Longfellow Books at Monument Square in Portland. Add Verb also will have a table from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pride Festival in Deering Oaks Park in Portland.

The programming of Add Verb Productions has been recognized nationally. Add Verb is part of the University of New England’s InterProfessional Education Collaborative. Maine teacher, playwright, and social activist Cathy Plourde founded Add Verb a decade ago. Her work facilitating theater workshops and writing commissioned plays for regional girls’ conferences prompted her to write “The Thin Line,” a play about understanding eating disorders, in 2000. A play about dating violence, “You the Man,” followed, along with “Major Medical Breakthrough” and the Out & Allied Project.