T. Blen Parker is an emerging author whose native state of Maine is a familiar topic. Her family roots reach from Blinn Hill in Dresden, to Swan Island in the Kennebec River, onto historic Monhegan Island off Port Clyde. Her current projects, "Swango Princess" and Swan Island On The Kennebec invite readers to enter the world of the isolated island, where the Village of Perkins Township was incorporated and thriving in 1847, but abandoned in 1936, when ferry service was discontinued.
The historic novel begins with the arrival of Englishmen at Sabino in 1607, encompassing the time-period of first contact between coastal explorers and fur traders with Abenaki natives in the 1600’s, (who named the island Sowan-gen=Swan, translated as tribe or gen from the island of eagles), forward into the twenty first century.
Swan Island sits in the middle of the Kennebec River, between the rural towns of Dresden and Richmond, Maine, sixteen miles upriver from the mouth of the Kennebec in Bath. Showcasing the small, self-sufficient community of Perkins Township, the book proudly boasts of how lumber, ice and even cargo holds filled with Swan Island bricks and river rocks, sailed across the oceans, touching every continent in the world.
To taste the flavor of the upcoming book Swan Island On The Kennebec, read short stories, "Thanksgiving," "Life On Swango," and "Chewing Surprise," in the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Anthologies published by Maine’s Goose River Press of Waldoboro. The 2015 Goose River Anthology presents her "Little Red Brick Schoolhouse" poem, a tribute to her 5th and 6th grade teacher, about her attendance at the one-room schoolhouse in Dresden, now home of the Schoolhouse Museum and Dresden Historical Society.
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