On Friday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m., the Biddeford-based community arts organization Engine will host “Fourfold: One Evening, Four Exciting New Publications.” The literary event will celebrate four new publications. The evening will feature a series of pithy readings, great beer, conversation, and a table of literary goodies available for purchase.

Fourfold will include new collections by two poets: “Waiting for Grace & Other Poems” by Christopher Locke, an internationally award-winning poet currently living in Kittery; and “The Irresistible In-Between” by David Sloan, an English teacher at the Merriconeag Waldorf High School in New Gloucester and winner of the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Poetry in the Short Works Competition.

The event will also celebrate the publication of “Take Heart: Poems from Maine,” the new anthology edited by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair. Anthology contributors Preston H. Hood and Pam Burr Smith will read selections from the “Take Heart.”

Finally, the party will celebrate the release of the Brooklyn-based literary magazine “Slice.” The magazine’s creative director and co-publisher Celia Blue Johnson has recently settled in Maine and will be on hand to talk about the magazine’s exciting evolution. Joshua Bodwell, the executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and a co-founder of Engine, will read a portion of his short story, “What Is Stolen Can Never Be Returned,” which appears in the latest issue of “Slice” magazine.

For more information on Fourfold and Engine, visit or contact Engine’s executive director Tammy Ackerman at 207-370-9130 or