Maine’s Blue Hill peninsula has inspired generations of writers and artists with its natural beauty and peaceful and reflective aura.
Carrying on that literary tradition and rich heritage, the town of Blue Hill hosts Word each October to bring together readers, writers and storytellers to celebrate the written and spoken word—fiction and non-fiction, children’s literature, poetry, drama, nonfiction and more.
Beginning with an opening reception on Oct. 18 and continuing through Oct. 21, Word is a literary arts festival that includes three days of author readings, a poetry crawl, writing workshops, panel discussions, school events and spoken word performances.
This year’s keynote address on Oct. 19 will be given by Abdi Nor Iftin, author of “Call Me American.” A native of Somali who managed to immigrate to the U.S., Iftin’s story of his quest to emigrate from war-torn Somalia to the U.S. will kick off this year’s festival in conversation with Brook Ewing Minner, host of the Book Worm show on WERU-FM.
Having won entrance to the U.S. in an annual lottery, Iftin risked his life to reach his new home in Portland, Maine, where he is currently studying political science at the University of Southern Maine and is on the path to full citizenship. Iftin’s memoir, published in June of 2018, has received worldwide recognition.
For more information on Word and the festival’s full schedule, visit their website.