Portrait of Gabriel A. Zimpritch, by Jesus Emmanuel Villareal

Gabriel Adam Zimpritch, by Jésus Emmanuel Villareal


Gabe Zimpritch, a member of the Cape Elizabeth High School Class of 1996, died suddenly on May 2, 1995 during a lacrosse practice. Gabe loved reading, and had a passion for writing poetry.

The Gabriel A. Zimpritch Poetry & Writing Collection was established in his memory. This special collection is comprised of poetry and writing books, periodicals, and other materials to encourage the enjoyment of poetry and to inspire and assist writers.

This collection focuses on poetry by contemporary American poets, but also includes classic works and poetry in translation or written by authors outside the U.S. It also includes a number of resources for working and aspiring writers on writing craft and the business of publishing. We also have subscriptions to Poets & Writers and Creative Nonfiction, as well as issues from a number of literary journals that are free for the taking.

The collection is housed in its own room with a window and a writing table, located to the right of our main desk on the upper floor, just past our movie and audiobook collections. 


The Annual Gabriel A. Zimpritch Poetry Symposium

Every year Cape Elizabeth High School invites a select group of students to spend an entire day working on their writing with an accomplished poet. This day-long symposium culminates in an evening poetry reading featuring the students and their poet mentor. This evening event is open to the public. Information about this year’s event is below:

Friday, April 29, 2022
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

This year’s guest poet and teacher is Cornelius Eady. Mr. Eady will work with a group of Cape Elizabeth High School students during the day to craft their own poems. The public is invited to attend the evening poetry reading and celebration that will feature student-written work and published poems by Cornelius Eady.

Click here to register,
or contact Lisa Melanson for more information. 

About Cornelius Eady
Cornelius Eady
is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, The Gathering of My Name, which was nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize, and his most recent collection The War Against the Obvious. With poet Toi Derricote, Eady is cofounder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African American poetry and poets. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy, and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award.

Get to Know Cornelius Eady

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Updated 4/5/22

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