— Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m. • “Wes McNair: On Becoming a Poet.” Host Leila Percy will chat with Wes McNair about some meaningful friendships and his path to the position of Maine’s Poet Laureate. Refreshments. Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall, Bowdoin College

— Sunday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m. • “The Coursen Readings, Part One.” Featured poets: Gary Lawless, Maryli Tiemann and Ricardo Zarate Jr. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St.

— Saturday, Feb. 9, noon-3 p.m. on the hour • Chamberlain House Tour. See the rooms where Longfellow lived from 1830-1832 in the house and museum maintained by the Pejepscot Historical Society. Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, Maine and Potter Streets

— Sunday, Feb. 10, 1 p.m. • “The Coursen Readings, Part Two.” Featured poets: Rob Farnsworth, Judith Robins and Robert Strong. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St.

— Wednesday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m. • “The Transatlantic Friendship.” Longfellow biographer Charles Calhoun traces the Longfellow-Dickens relationship and discusses letters exchanged by the two literary lions. Main Lounge, Moulton Union, Bowdoin College

— Friday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. • Community readings at The Highlands. This gathering, facilitated by poets Ted and Ruth Bookey, is informal and open to everyone. Please bring a poem to share. Ballroom, Holden Frost House, 24 Elm St., Topsham.

— Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. • Film screening, “Great Expectations” (1946). Some say that Miss Havisham was drawn from a character first sketched by Longfellow. Eveningstar Cinema, Tontine Mall. Donations accepted.

— Sunday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. • “The Coursen Readings, Part Three.” Featured poets: Linda Aldridge, David Stankiewicz and Kevin Sweeny. Refreshments, Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library.

— Wednesday, Feb. 20, 12:15 p.m • Lecture: “Uncovering Great Expectations.” Lillian Nayder, Dickens scholar from Bates College, considers Longfellow’s poem, “The Village Blacksmith,” as a source for “Great Expectations,” and compares the two writers’ experiences of romantic love, marriage and loss. Part of the Midcoast Senior College, Winter Wisdom series, Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room.

— Friday, Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m. • Community readings at Thornton Oaks. This gathering, facilitated by poets Ted and Ruth Bookey, is informal and open to everyone. Please bring a poem to share. Multi-Purpose Room, 25 Thornton Way off Baribeau Drive.

— Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. • Chapel service. Spend a musical and reflective morning in the chapel erected a few years after Longfellow left Brunswick for Cambridge, Mass., with the Rev. Sylvia Stocker, organist Grace Lewis McLaren, and the Merrymeeting Singers at Bowdoin College Chapel.

— Wednesday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. • Henry’s Birthday Celebration. Enjoy poetry written this month by students at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School, more from local poets, and some from the birthday boy. Wild Oats Café and Bakery.



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