Past Events

August 2021 Concert in Milbridge

Downeast friends and music lovers, you are invited to a concert by Leonore and Brian, Aug. 22 at 2 at the Milbridge Congregational Church to benefit the restoration of the steeple. All original songs,.

August 2021 Concert for the Planet

Local Maine poets and essayists will read from their pieces in the new book, “A Dangerous New World, Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis.”   Leonore and Brian, Downeast songwriters and musicians will perform original pieces – all in celebration of what we love…and what we don’t want to lose in this rocky place beside the sea. Gouldsboro Town Park (in Prospect Harbor).

February 2021 Pulling a James Baldwin




“Pulling a James Baldwin” featured an open call for proposals from artists, writers, and performers to select and perform their favorite James Baldwin excerpt. You can view the recording from February 26th below featuring Maya Williams, Leonore Hildebrandt, Allegra Fletcher, AhDream Smith, Jefferson Navicky, and Sion Dayson followed by a conversation with Spitting Fire Curatorial Fellow Valeria Missalina Bembry.

Watch the reading and conversation here.

January 2021 Littorally ALIVE! What Would You Read? Inauguration Poems


Littoral Books has invited some of Maine’s best-loved poets to read their own (or someone else’s) poem that they think honors 2021’s inaugural event. Witness history in the making the night before the Inauguration. Leonore will read her poem "I Cannot Live Without You."

You can find it published by Poets Reading the News here.

November 2020 Poets for Human Rights


Featuring poets from Enough! Poems of Resistance and Protest, published by Littoral Press. Kathleen Ellis hosts a reading by Leonore Hildebrandt, Annaliese Jakimides, Steve Luttrell, and Lisa Panepinto as part of celebration of Poets for Human Rights at UMaine Honors College.

September 2020 Music in the Fields

Brian and Leonore play original songs at Kathleen Sullivan's with Michael the Farmer sitting in with them. Due to the corona virus, they kept performances small and outdoors this summer.

July 2020 Readings and Music for book release "A Dangerous New World"


Edited by Kathleen Sullivan and Meghan Sterling, A Dangerous New World, Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis, is a collection of poems, essays and visual images by Maine artists. 

Leonore and Brian will play original songs. POSTPONED TO AUGUST 2021 DUE TO CORONA VIRUS

April 2020 Music at the Buzz


Leonore and friends will play original music at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House. Hosted by the "Church of the Singing Heart." All are welcome! CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS

February 2020 Celebrating the Gila Wilderness

Leonore will read poems as part of the Creative Voices Session of the Eighth Gila Symposium. WNMU Student Memorial Building, 3rd Floor Meeting Room.

January 2020 Poetry Reading in Silver City, N.M.

Leonore will read poems at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House. Open mic to follow.

December 2019 Poetry Reading in Grant County, N.M.

Silver City poets Beate Sigriddaughter, Eve West Bessier, Elise Stuart, and Leonore will give a joint reading at the Bayard library, followed by a book signing. 

November 2019 House Music


Leonore and Brian in Concert: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019. Potluck at 6 pm, music starts at 7 pm. At the home of François Amar, 20 Spencer Street, Orono, ME.
$20 suggested donation to benefit PICA (Power In Community Alliances). To RSVP or for more information: or (207) 944-3151

October 2019 Poetry Reading in Searsport, Maine



Eight women poets from eastern and midcoast Maine will read from their work
published in Balancing Act 2 at the Carver Library:  Linda Buckmaster (Belfast), Shirley
Glubka (Prospect), Leonore Hildebrandt (Harrington), Judy Kaber (Belfast), Valerie
Lawson (Robbinston), Leslie Moore (Belfast), Anne Britting Oleson (Dixmont), and
Pat Ranzoni (Bucksport). The event is free and open to the public.

August 2019 Concert for the Planet in Addison, ME



Featuring music by Leonore and Brian to benefit the publication of A Dangerous New World: Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis, a collection of poems, essays and visual images by Maine artists, edited by Kathleen Sullivan and Meghan Sterling. Cape Split Chapel, South Addison.


July 2019 Garden Workshop and Tour


In this workshop we will discuss ways to maximize our efforts in growing food, and then tour Leonore’s beautiful vegetable garden in Harrington, Maine. It's part of the Incredible Edible Milbridge program, which fosters public vegetable gardens and education initiatives designed to create a community that is stronger, healthier, and more food independent.

June 2019 Award Ceremony for Writers

The winner of the Maine Poets Society prize poem contest will be announced as part of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance (MWPA) awards ceremony at the Bangor Public Library, Maine.  Leonore is one of three finalists.

March 2019 Musical Performance in Silver City, NM

Paul Hotvedt and Leonore Hildebrandt will play at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House, Silver City, 12 to 2 pm. Originals, covers, fiddle tunes, and German folk.

March 2019 Poetry Reading in Silver City, NM


Beate Sigriddaughter (poet laureate of Silver City), Elise Stuart (former poet laureate of Silver City), and Leonore Hildebrandt will read from their respective new books in the public library. "Through the Eyes of Three Women" -- an event for Women's History Month!


January 2019 Interview on Gila Mimbres Community Radio, Silver City, N.M.

Hosted by Elise Stuart on “Use Your Words,”  archived at

December 2018 Reception in Portland, ME To celebrate Littoral Books' publication of BALANCING ACT 2, AN ANTHOLOGY OF POEMS BY 50 MAINE WOMEN, there's a reception at Space Gallery, 538 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. The anthology includes 5 of Leonore's poems.
December 2018 Poetry Reading at the University of Maine

Featuring Leonore Hildebrandt, Joanna Crouse, and Kathleen Ellis, this event will showcase some of the creative writing faculty's work in this fall's New Writing Series. On the Orono campus, at Stewart Commons 104.

October 2018 Poetry and Music in Steuben, ME


Brian Dyer Stewart  and Leonore will return to the Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben with a program of poetry and music. Leonore will read from her latest book, Where You Happen to Be, with some of the poems set to music, and the two of them will perform new songs.


October 2018 Reading in Belfast, ME

Along with other authors from the Three Nations Anthology, Leonore will read her work at the Waterfall Arts Gallery, 256 High Street, Belfast, ME. (This is the night before the Belfast Poetry Festival.)

October 2018 Poetry Workshop at Haystack

On October 5 through 8, Leonore will teach a poetry workshop titled "Playing with Words and Ideas" at the Haystack Mountain School Of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME.

Open Door, first offered at Haystack in 1982, has become an important event for the school and the Maine arts community. This intensive fall session for Maine residents allows the chance to retreat and devote extended time to one’s work. All levels of students take part.


September 2018 Reading in Bar Harbor, ME

Leonore will be reading poetry with other authors from the Three Nations Anthology, edited by Valerie Lawson.
Abbe Museum, 26 Mt Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME.

August 2018 Poetry Reading at the Camden Public Library, ME

Leonore will read poetry along with Kathleen Ellis and Claire Raymond, followed by a book signing.

July 2018 Reading at the Belfast Public Library, ME

Leonore will read poetry along with Kathleen Ellis and Claire Raymond, followed by a book signing.

June 2018 Poetry Reading at the Northeast Harbor Public Library, ME

Leonore will read poetry alongside Christian Barter, Paul Weiss, Starr Bright, and Bob Quinn. The event is part of the Northeast Harbor Summer Program 2018.

June 2018 Book Signing at the Cherryfield Academy

To celebrate the publication of WHERE YOU HAPPEN TO BE, Leonore will give a short reading followed by a book signing. Live music with Brian Dyer Stewart. Slide show with art by Heidi Daub. Refreshments.

May 2018 Spring Concert

Leonore and Brian Dyer Stewart will be performing original music in Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor, ME. This event is part of the Schoodic Arts Program.

May 2018 Poetry Reading in Hallowell

On May 18, 2018 at 7 pm, Leonore will be reading poetry at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, ME.

April 2018 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

The Beloit Poetry Journal invites submissions:

    $1,500 prize for a single poem,  Judge: Naomi Shihab Nye,  Submissions Open March 1 - April 30, 2018.

March 2018 Poetry Reading in Silver City, N.M.


Hosted by Silver City poet laureate Beate Sigriddaughter: "Words and Music" at the Tranquil Buzz.

March 2018 Interview on Grant County Community Radio, Silver City, N.M.

Hosted by Elise Stuart and JJ Amaworo Wilson on “Use Your Words,”  archived at

February 2018 Poetry Reading at Silver City University, NM


Creative Voices Session at the Seventh Natural History of the Gila Symposium at WNMU.

March 2017 Poetry Reading in Silver City, N.M.


Hosted by former Silver City poet laureate Elise Stuart at the Church of Harmony.

March 2017 Interview on Grant County Community Radio, N.M.

Hosted by Elise Stuart and Richard Mahler on “Use Your Words,”  archived at

October 2016 Poetry Reading at Bangor Book Fair, ME

Hosted by the Bangor Library.

November 2015 Reading and original music in Bar Harbor, ME


The Flat Bay Collective presents a mixed program of literature, music, and art at the Jessup Memorial Library.

October 2015 Belfast Poetry Festival, Maine


Featured poet at the 11th Belfast Poetry Festival, ME, reading and musical performance, with Brian Dyer Stewart

December 2014 Interview at Writers Forum, WERU Radio, Maine

Hosted by Ellie O'Leary, with fiction writer Robert Froese. Archived at WERU community radio.

2004 to 2016 POETS/SPEAK! in Bangor, ME, annually in April.