Portland Public Library names Linda Aldrich as Portland's new poet laureate

Linda Aldrich, new Portland Poet Laureate with Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, former poet laureate, inaugural celebration, Portland Public Library, June 26, 2018

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Linda Aldrich was named Portland, Maine's poet laureate by the Portland Public Library. Aldrich will promote poetry and "be an ambassador for poetry in a city that gave the world one of its most famous poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow," says The Portland Press Herald.

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Linda Aldrich has published two collections of poetry, Foothold (2008, Finishing Line Press) and March and Mad Women (2012, Cherry Grove Collections).

Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, among them Crazy Woman Creek, Indiana Review, Cimarron Review, Elixir, The Denver Quarterly, Ellipsis, The Florida Review, The Ilanot Review, Off the Coast, Poet Lore, Third Coast, Puerto del Sol, Snake Nation Review, The Best of Write Action, and Words and Images.  Her poem “Woman-without-Arms” won the Emily Dickinson Award from Universities West Press.

Portland Press Herald  staff photo by Ben McCanna

Portland Press Herald staff photo by Ben McCanna