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Gary Lawless - Poems for the Wild Earth

Maine poet, publisher, bookstore owner at COA
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - McCormick Lecture Hall

Gary LawlessGary Lawless, author of sixteen poetry collections, will be giving a reading to College of the Atlantic's Human Ecology Forum at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 in the college's McCormick Lecture Hall.

Among his titles are Caribouddhism and Poems for the Wild Earth. His writing frequently focuses on issues of environmental and social justice, listening to the voices of the underprivileged and overlooked.

A prolific traveler, Lawless has given readings and led workshops in many nations, among them Italy, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Cuba. Four of his books were published in Italy. Lawless has also led writing classes for several nontraditional audiences, such as artists with disabilities at Spindleworks in Brunswick, the homeless population at Preble Street in Portland, refugees living in Lewiston and Portland, and war veterans back from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Lawless is co-owner of Gulf of Maine Books an independent bookstore in Brunswick. He has received grants from the Cabot Trust and the Quebec Labrador Foundation for work in Newfoundland and Labrador, and from the National Endowment for the Arts for publishing. He has been poet-in-residence for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and for Isle Royale National Park, in Lake Superior.

Founded in 1969, College of the Atlantic is a small college of some 350 students on the coast of Maine fostering interdisciplinary approaches to complex environmental and social problems. The academic program encourages hands-on, experiential learning and asks students to view the world as an interactive whole by bringing together traditional disciplines through the unifying perspective of human ecology. For more information, visit

For more information on the Tuesday, May 17 reading by Gary Lawless call 288-5015, 207-288-5015, or

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