BRUNSWICK — Arts events inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow will take place in Brunswick this month as part of the annual Longfellow Days celebration during the month of the poet’s birth 212 years ago.

This year, Longfellow Days expands its lens to focus on other 19th-century Maine poets who were influenced by Longfellow and whose distinguished careers bring similar honor to the state. The festival will explore the work of Pulitzer Prize-winners Robert P. Tristram Coffin, Laura E. Richards and Edwin Arlington Robinson in lectures, readings, exhibitions and films.

The annual festival, co-chaired by Maryli Tiemann and Amy E. Waterman, features a variety of formats intended to appeal to a broad spectrum of Brunswick-area residents. All events are free and open to the public.

One of the featured events is the Coursen Series, four Sunday afternoon readings by 12 regional poets. This year’s poets include Adrian Blevins, Jason Whitney, and Meg Willing—Feb. 17—and Alan Clark, Thomas Moore, and Mihku Paul, who will read on Feb. 24. The readings take place at 1 p.m. at the Curtis Memorial Library.

Two events will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17: a screening of the Shirley Temple film “Captain January,” based on a Laura E. Richards novel, at 11 a.m. the Smith Auditorium; and tours of the Longfellow Rooms at the Pejepscot Historical Society’s Joshua Chamberlain Museum at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Poet and Gulf of Maine Bookstore owner Gary Lawless will emcee a lively, participatory public read-in at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 looking at the work of Gardiner’s Edwin Arlington Robinson. This will take place at The Brunswick Inn on Park Row, where a signature cocktail will be created for the event.

John Babin of the Maine Historical Society will present a talk on Longfellow’s literary connections beginning at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Curtis Memorial Library. The talk, called “Longfellow Leading the Way,” is part of the Midcoast Senior College’s Winter Wisdom Program.

Events at the Unitarian Universalist Church include a literary chapel service led by Rev. Sylvia Stocker on Sunday, Feb. 24 that will include a special focus on local poet Robert P. Tristram Coffin, including remarks and readings by great-nephew James P. Coffin. The series closes with an Longfellow birthday celebration at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, with Pam Burr Smith as a featured poet, plus an open mic, surprises and a birthday cake from Union Street Bakery.

In addition to these programs, there will be two related exhibits at local libraries. Bowdoin College is hosting a display on Brunswick poet Robert P. T. Coffin from Hawthorne-Longfellow Library’s Special Collections; and at Curtis Memorial Library, there is an exhibit showcasing Edwin Arlington Robinson and Laura E. Richards.

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