I haven’t had time to read much this week, what with all the
drinking and now this terrible sickness (thanks, officemates!). That said, I
did get a chance to start the third section, “The Part About Fate.
Maine native Heidi Julavits wrote in the New York Times over the weekend about spelt, the grain, and Tinder Hearth Bakery in Brooksville (Downeast, between Rockland and Bar Harbor), which bakes and cooks with it often. She writes:
"Spelt could be seen as the miracle grain: it’s easier to digest and
easier on the environment (it’s resistant to the pests that attack
wheat and is thus easier to grow organically), and it tastes great.
Undergrad poets and fiction writers will join featured poets Melissa Crowe and Layla Carroll (billed as "a recent graduate of the prestigious Warren Wilson MFA program") for a night of "words and love" with Words & Images, the undergraduate lit journal at USM. After everyone reads, there'll be an open mic.
Which reminds me, a local open-mic king, Gil Helmick (who I wrote about last year), will play a CD-release party with the rest of his ensemble, snomonks, at SPACE next Friday night.
As Maine slashes the last of its AIDS-prevention funding in an attempt to somehow "save taxpayers money," the Portland department of public health is observing World AIDS Day, and offering free HIV/AIDS testing at the Maine College of Art (522 Congress Street, in Portland) from 10 am to 3 pm today.
As part of the event, they're showing the winning films in the Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival