American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities


Partnering Organizations

The Maine Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is the programming arm of the Maine Humanities Council. The MHC, a statewide non-profit organization, uses the humanities—literature, history, philosophy, and culture—as a tool for positive change in Maine communities. Our programs and grants encourage critical thinking and conversations across social, economic, and cultural boundaries.


Founded in 1885, Norway Memorial Library has a long tradition of connecting people with ideas, cultural experiences, programs, services and information. It is a place of community collaboration where people of all ages discover and build connections for a lifetime of reading and learning. In 2018 it celebrates 80 years at its Main Street location where it serves Norway and the surrounding towns of western Maine’s Oxford Hills region.

Established in 1902, the Lewiston Public Library is an important public repository of knowledge and culture and serves as a focal point for education, information, and community in Lewiston, Maine. It provides a wide range of needed information services to users of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and, in so doing, remains both a significant institutional symbol and a core working component of our democratic society.

Stay tuned for photos, audio recordings, interviews, poetry commentary, reflections and more after U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s visit to Maine.

Public Events

  • Thursday, November 1, 1 p.m. Norway, ME
    Norway Memorial Library
  • Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m. Lewiston, ME
    Lewiston Public Library