Voice.2.Voice, 2019

photo | Dan Rajter

poetry ACROSS the peninsula

Thanks to all who tuned in to celebrate Voice.2.Voice finalists as they performed their poems on a virtual stage for the first time!

In honor of National Poetry Month, Voice.2.Voice Poetry Project, now in its 4th year, offers middle school students across seven local schools the opportunity to engage with poetry through performance. Over the month of April, visiting teaching artists lead performance-based workshops across Deer Isle and Blue Hill Peninsula classrooms. This year we took the program online!


Voice.2.Voice challenges students to investigate, interpret, memorize, and perform a poem of their choice from an anthology curated by our Director of Education, Joshua McCarey. These workshops offer tools to use one’s authentic voice to express that of the published poet. Together, students, teachers, and Opera House Arts staff have created a culture of risk-taking, critical thinking, and deep listening.


tune in

to the

4th annual

voice.2.voice virtual showcase


Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.

There is no happiness like mine.

I have been eating poetry.

Mark Strand, Eating Poetry

Voice.2.Voice, 2019

photo | Dan Rajter




Our 4th annual Voice.2.Voice showcase went live right here 

on April 30. You can still tune in to catch the performance!


Folks can tune in from anywhere and support students from across seven area schools as they use their authentic voice to celebrate that of the published poet. After an introduction by Maine poet Julia Bouwsma, finalists will share poems by Robert Bly, Jack Gilbert, Louise Gluck, Mary Oliver, Mark Strand and many more.


Congratulations to every student who participated this year— bringing breath to a poem and a poem to life. And Happy National Poetry Month to all!

For all those tuning in, we hope you'll consider making a donation of any amount to help keep this program and our local youth flourishing in the years to come.

Voice.2.Voice 2019

photo | Dan Rajter



Did you know Maine poet Julia Bouwsma will be opening this year’s virtual showcase?


Julia is the winner of the 2019 Maine Literary Award for Midden. Tune in here to meet her! 


Vividly reimagined and gorgeously rendered, Julia Bouwsma’s Midden gives voice to the citizens of Malaga Island, off the coast of Maine, who early in the twentieth century were removed from their homes, their lives destroyed. Bouwsma writes, 'I tried to write the island / to life.' In this devastating and beautiful collection, she does just that, as she expands the field of documentary poetics. These poems bear witness to the tragedy of Malaga Island and demand that we remember our country's violence to people and land.— Nicole Cooley

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