Maine Humanities Council
Faculty, Cultural Studies/African American Studies, Bates College
Rich Entel, M.D.
Physician, Visual Artist
Poet, Theater Writer, Associate Faculty, University of New England, Southern Maine Community College
Founder and Director, Mayo Street Arts
Director, The Children’s Initiative
Visual Artist; Faculty, University of Southern Maine
Attorney, Miniature Theater Designer
Director, Brooks Family Foundation
Hayden Anderson, Chair is Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council, the State of Maine affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress Center for the Book. Prior to starting with the Council, he worked at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, a Portland-based immigration law nonprofit. He lives in Portland with his wife, Meredith, and their son, Gus.
Larry Hayden, Vice Chair is a visual artist whose drawings, paintings and photographs are included in the collections of Maine’s major art museums as well as private and institutional collections throughout New England. Most recently, he authored PULLUM, the world’s only known book of photographs of chickens accompanied by text entirely in the Latin language. His photographs illustrate the Centennial Edition of Robert Frost’s North of Boston, published in 2015 by the Ascensius Press. Recently retired from an undistinguished foray into vintage motorcycle racing, which yielded one victory in eight years, he is an avid street rider of vintage British Triumph motorbikes. Larry’s ongoing photographic work focuses on his domestic environment and the daily lives of his small flock of chickens. He shares his Portland home with his wife, Allice, his dog, Ruby, three lively bee hives, and the celebrated hens.
Dela Taylor, Secretary, works to cultivate leadership in service of strengthening communities. As Partner with Nuf Sed, she supports organizations that cultivate a high quality of life and place for other people through work in strategy, communications, and capacity building. And, as MFCEO with Dela Here, she offers coaching and workshops that focus on nourishing self-expression and creative self-care in her clients. She really digs living in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood with her partner Dugan.
Megan Grumbling is a poet, educator, and critic. Her poetry collection Booker’s Point was awarded the Vassar Miller Prize, and is forthcoming in 2016. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, The Antioch Review, and other journals; was awarded a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation; and received a Robert Frost Foundation Award for Poetry. She writes about theater for the Portland Phoenix and film for Dispatch, and is reviews editor of the poetry and arts journal The Café Review. Co-founder of the modern opera company Hinge/Works, she has written and staged performance works as part of the Sacred and Profane, the Belfast Poetry Festival, and the PortFringe Festival; and her short film Carrying Place, a Sisters Grumbling production, screened in Maine and New York in 2013. She teaches writing at SMCC and UNE, and has read and facilitated workshops across the state, including with police officers, inmates at the Maine State Correctional Facility, and high school students engaged in the poetry recitation program Poetry Out Loud.
Myron Beasley is a professor at Bates College in Lewiston, where he teaches American Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Women and Gender studies. His research includes exploring the intersection of art and social change, as he believes in the power of artists and recognize them as cultural workers. His writing appears in such journals as Text and Performance Quarterly, The Journal of Poverty, Performance Research, and The Journal of Curatorial Studies. He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Ruth Landes Foundation for his writing about art and cultural engagement.
Jan Piribeck is a Professor of Art at the University of Southern Maine. Prior to her arrival at USM she was an Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at the University of Maine at Farmington and was Curator of Exhibitions and Education at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois. She has a long standing interest in public art and community-based art programs that is reflected in her work as an artist and arts advocate.
Blainor McGough is founder and Executive Director of Mayo Street Arts. Blainor has worked since 2009 to develop a roster of programs at MSA to reflect and benefit the diverse communities of East Bayside and Greater Portland. Prior to starting Mayo Street Arts, Blainor was affiliated with the Greater Portland Boys and Girls Club, the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, Shoestring Theater, WMPG radio, and worked on the water in Alaska, Florida, and Maine at various fishing related gigs. Blainor and her husband Brian love yard sales, motorcycles, waterfalls, and their two boys, Rigel and Cirrus.