Elizabeth Garber
True Affections by Maine poet Elizabeth Garber

Elizabeth Garber

Elizabeth W. Garber is the author of three books of poetry: True Affections: Poems from a Small Town (2012), Listening Inside the Dance (2005), and Pierced by the Seasons (2004). Three of her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, and her poem “Feasting” was included in his Good Poems for Hard Times.

Garber has completed a memoir called Implosion: The Architect’s Daughter. The prologue to the memoir, "Stones," won the 2009 Maine Literary Award for Short Works in Nonfiction, and her chapter “Riots 1967” was a 2013 finalist in Maine Literary Award for Short Works in Nonfiction. She was awarded two writing fellowships in 2010 at Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. Her podcast with Dawn Potter, “Poets Writing Memoir,” can be heard at the Maine Humanities Council website.

She has collaborated with painter and photographer Michael Weymouth on two books about Maine, combining her poetry and essays with his paintings and photographs. Their first book, Maine (Island Time), was published in 2013, and their second book, Maine: Coming of Age, with an introduction by Bill Mayher, is due out in 2014. To see their work in progress go to their blog.

As the 2006 Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine, Garber coordinated monthly poetry readings and wrote a weekly poetry column published in three midcoast papers highlighting Maine poets. She is the founder of the Illuminated Sea Press, encouraging the independent publishing of fine Maine poets. She was co-organizer of the Belfast Poetry Festival and Poetry and Art Walk for seven years, encouraging the collaboration of artists and poets. An hour-long community television program, a Visit with Poet Laureate Elizabeth Garber, can be viewed on Vimeo.

Garber received a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from Stonecoast MFA Progam in Creative Writign, and a master's degree in acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute. She has maintained a private practice as an acupuncturist for nearly thirty years in the Belfast area.