St George Literary Festival

Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor will host the first St George Literary Festival in August. The festival will span three evenings, August 11 through August 13, and will take place at the Oceanview Grange in Martinsville. Each evening will begin at 5:00 with a wine and cheese reception prior to all readings.

Tuesday, August 11 will feature Eve Pell, author of the memoir We Used to Own the Bronx: Memoirs of a Former Debutante. Her other books include The Big Chill about the Reagan administration and Maximum Security on conditions in California prisons. Ms Pell was a senior staff reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting from 1988 to 1994 whose reporting won awards from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Playboy Foundation and Media Alliance. Her story on secret presidential directives was named one of America’s Most Censored Stories. She was a reporter for and associate producer of three PBS documentaries: “The Best Campaign Money Can Buy,” which won a Columbia-Dupont award in 1992, “Heartbeat of America,” which won a Cine Golden Apple a year later, and “The Battle Over School Choice.” A nationally ranked age-group runner, Pell has also written articles for Women’s Sports and Runner’s World.

Three writers, Lewis Robinson, Steve Mumford and Jeffrey Harrison will be featured Wednesday, August 12. Robinson is the author of the novel Water Dogs and the story collection Officer Friendly, both published by Random House. Born in Massachusetts and raised in Buffalo and Maine, he graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2001. He teaches at the University of Southern Maine and coaches middle school basketball in Portland where he lives with his wife, daughter and dog.

Steve Mumford is the editor of a new book Trek: An American Woman, Two Small Children and Survival in World War II Germany and author of Baghdad Journals. Mumford is a contemporary realistic American artist who is known for his paintings of Iraq, among others. He entered Iraq the day the statues of Saddam Hussein fell in Baghdad; Baghdad Journals contains accounts of his travels.

Jeffrey Harrison is the author of four full-length books of poetry, The Singing Underneath, selected by James Merrill for the National poetry Series, Signs of Arrival, Feeding the Fire, and Incomplete Knowledge, as well as The Names of Things: New and Selected Poems. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as two Pushcart Prizes, the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, and Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, Poets of the New Century, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He has taught at several universities and schools including George Washington University, Phillips Academy, where he was the Roger Murray Writer-in-Residence, and College of the Holy Cross. He currently is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.

Thursday, August 13 will feature Janet Shea and Susan Connelly. Connelly is the author of three Nell Prentice adventures, This Fair Child, A Brother’s Gift and A Fine, Faithful Wife. She earned degrees in English and Classics from Clark University and the University of Massachusetts before pursuing a career with a statistical agency. When not working on her books she reads and translates Greek and Latin and makes quilts.

Janet Shea has published essays, articles, short stories and book reviews in newspapers and magazines including The Christian Science Monitor, North Shore Life, The Witness Magazine and Liguorian Magazine. She taught Freshman English in several Boston area colleges including Emerson College and Mass Bay Community College. She writes essay and poetry and has read several of her personal essays on Maine Public Radio. She is a native Bostonian who now resides in Maine.

The Festival is free of charge and open to the public.