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Ninth Annual Kent County Poetry Festival April 1, 2016

Tom Martin’s Bookplate and Kent County Arts Council will present the ninth annual Kent County Poetry Festival: A Day of Public Poetry in Celebration of National Poetry Month.


It will be held at the Bookplate, 112 South Cross Street, Chestertown, Maryland on First Friday, April 1, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m.

People from throughout the county will gather to read aloud their favorite lines from the world of verse—a reminder that poetry, rather than being some rarefied specimen, is in fact a vital, living art with widespread appeal.

The public is welcome to simply drop by during the event to listen. Those who want to share a poem can either register in advance by sending an email to, calling 410-778-4167 or simply dropping in with your favorite poem to read.

pinsky2This program is in the spirit of the ‘Favorite Poem Project’ pioneered by Robert Pinsky when he was Poet Laureate of the United States. The goal is to bring together diverse peoples in our community around the poetry people know and love to share and, in doing so, debunk the idea that poetry is just something for academics to study. During National Poetry Month, we want to illustrate the role that poetry can have in enriching our everyday lives.

The organizer of the festival is Robert Earl Price, a poet and playwright who is lecturer and writer in residence in the Drama Department at Washington College and Artistic Director at Sumner Hall, G.A.R.

For more information about the Poetry Festival, contact Leslie Prince Raimond at the Kent County Arts Council or Tom Martin at the Book Plate.


A Reading & Book Signing by Author Lucy Maddox

The PArker Sisters by Lucy MaddoxThe Parker Sisters by Lucy Maddox
A Reading by the Author, Book-signing and Reception
In this book, Lucy Maddox tells the story of the kidnapping of Elizabeth and Rachel Parker, free black children snatched from a Pennsylvania farm under the Fugitive Slave Act.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
6 – 8pm

The reading will take place at 6:30pm and the book-signing will follow.

Sumner Hall
206 S. Queen St. Chestertown, MD 21620

Sponsored by the Historical Society of Kent County, the Kent County Arts Council and Sumner Hall


March Art Show: Paintings by Bill Lewis

Bill Lewis

It’s all in the story | Paintings by Bill Lewis

March 4 – March 25, 2016
Opening Reception – First Friday, March 4, 5-8 pm

Closing PartyFriday, March 25, 5-8 pm

Sumner Hall
206 South Queen Street
Chestertown, MD

Please join us on an inspiring visual journey through one man’s experience with brain cancer. All proceeds from this benefit show will go toward treatment.

While he has been widely recognized as a Renaissance man, most predominantly for his wood work, Bill Lewis has been an artist of multi-media for years. Since being diagnosed in June, he has come back to his roots and once again embraced his role as painter, creating an extensive new body of work. Translating his experience through color, texture and abstract imagery, he navigates the waters of this illness with grace, and an openness for whatever floods in. This is sure to be a riveting show.

There will be a silent auction and raffle the night of the opening reception.
* Paintings for sale.
* Signed prints available.
* All proceeds from this benefit show will go toward treatment.

Bill Lewis painting: "The Mistrel" 36 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas

“The Mistrel” 36 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas

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