There will be Memorial Celebration for Kate Barnes, Maine's first Poet Laureate, on Sat., Sept. 7, 1:00-3:30, at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta, with poetry, music, food, good conversations, good company and Kate's spirit, all around. Readers will include Elizabeth Tbbetts, Mally Strong, Candice Stover, Kristen Lundblad, Baron Wormser, Betsy Sholl, Wes McNair, Henry Braun, Gary Lawless and more -
While in Portland, she and her husband co-founded, published and edited the Portland Magazine, a monthly literary periodical where some of her early work first appeared. The magazine was sold in 1837. They moved to New York where Ann took the job of editor to The Ladies Companion and where she could further her literary work. This was also the time she adopted the humorous pseudonym Jonathan Slick.
Over the next few years she wrote over twenty-five serial novels plus
short stories and poems for several well known periodicals which
included Godey's Lady's Book and Graham's Magazine. She started her own magazine Mrs Stephens' Illustrated New Monthly in 1856, it was published by her husband. The magazine merged with Peterson's Magazine a few years later. Her first novel Fashion and famine was published in 1854.
The term "dime novel" originated with Stephens's Maleaska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter, printed in the first book in Beadle & Adams'sBeadle’s Dime Novels series, dated June 9, 1860. The novel was a reprint of Stephens's earlier serial that appeared in the Ladies' Companion magazine in February, March, and April 1839. Later, the Grolier Club listed Maleaska as the most influential book of 1860. Some of her other work includes High Life in New York (1843), Alice Copley: A Tale of Queen Mary's Time (1844), The Diamond Necklace and Other Tale (1846), The Old Homestead (1855), The Rejected Wife (1863) and A Noble Woman (1871). (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_S._Stephens )
In early life, his father, Isaac McLellan, moved to Boston, where for many years he was a prominent merchant, distinguished for his integrity and success in business. Willis' parents also moved to Boston, and Willis and McLellan were schooled together at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. McLellan went on to Bowdoin College, where he was in the next class to Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Cheever, and other distinguished writers.
Seth's father was poet Frederick Morgan, now buried next to his son in Blue Hill, ME. Seth led a very troubled life, which included a near-marriage to Janis Joplin, who he met while delivering her cocaine in CA. He later died in a motorcycle accident in New Orleans. An article all about this sad affair relays:"If she’d been wearing a helmet, she might have lived,” says Officer Carmine Menchel, who visited the scene later. “If he’d been wearing one, he might have had an open casket.”
...also from article...Seth was also blessed with good looks and lady-killer charm, which no doubt brought many high adventures his way. He commenced one such exploit in 1970 when he dropped out of Berkeley to move in with singer Janis Joplin, whom he had met while making a cocaine delivery to her Marin County home. Joplin was crazy about Seth, and even called City Hall to inquire about a marriage license. According to Buried Alive the 1973 biography of the singer by Myra Friedman, Joplin pleaded with Seth to force her to stop taking heroin, but he thought it was simply a play for more attention. “We might have married,” he wrote in a biography for his publisher, “were it not for her untimely check-out.”