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The next HITHr poetry reading featuring poets Jeri Theriault and Mike Bove is scheduled for Thursday January 26, 2023, 7pm at The Maine Jewish Museum.

A Franco-American poet, Jeri Theriault grew up in Waterville, Maine and graduated from Colby College, later earning degrees from USM (MS in Instructional Leadership) and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA in Poetry). Her teaching career spanned thirty-four years, including seven years in Prague, six of them as English Department chair at the International School of Prague.

Recent honors include the 2023 Maine Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the 2023 Maine Writers and Publishers Monson Arts (Residency) Fellowship, the 2022 NORward Prize from New Ohio Review, and the 2019 Maine Literary Award for poetry (short works). She was the third-place winner in the Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Contest (2020), a finalist for the William Matthews Poetry Prize in 2019 and 2022.

Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Rhino, Rattle, Juked, The Texas Review, The Asheville Poetry Review and The American Journal of Poetry.

Jeri now lives in South Portland with her husband, the composer, Philip Carlsen.


Mike Bove is the author of two books of poetry: Big Little City (2018) and House Museum (2021). His work has appeared in the U.S., U.K., and Canada in publications including Rattle, The Maine Review, The Cafe Review, and the anthologies Wait: Poems From The Pandemic and Writing The Land Northeast. In 2021, he was winner of the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest.

He holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire and is Professor of English at Southern Maine Community College. He was a founding Board Member of the Foundation for Portland Public Schools, and currently serves the Board of The Mockingbird Foundation, a national music education non-profit managed and run by fans of the rock band Phish. A musician himself, Mike plays guitar in The ProfTones, a Portland-based cover band made up of college professors.

Mike lives with his family in Portland, Maine where he was born and raised.


The Maine Jewish Museum is housed within the restored Etz Chaim Synagogue, a turn-of-the-century house of worship. The museum is a venue for contemporary art exhibitions featuring established, Jewish-connected, and Maine-connected artists and rotate every eight weeks. The museum also houses Jack Montgomery’s photo exhibit of Holocaust survivors who settled in Maine, an exhibition of Maine Jewish History, an interactive exhibition “Maine Synagogues Past and Present” and the Maine Jewish Hall of Fame Presented By Dorothy Suzi Osher in memory of Alfred Osher created in 2018.

The Maine Jewish Museum

267 Congress St

Portland, Maine