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2015 Pat Nielsen Poetry Prize Accepting Submissions

Submissions for the 2015 Pat Nielsen Poetry Prize will be accepted through February 12, 2015.

The Chester River Association will host the 6th Annual Pat Nielsen Poetry Prize presentation at 6 p.m. on March 4 at the Bookplate, 112 S. Cross Street

First prize will be $100 and a printed broadside of the winning poem in hand-set letterpress limited edition.

Poems must be unpublished and not previously submitted to the contest. Length should not exceed one page. Subject matter should reflect some aspect of the Chester River or a river and its environs. Submit up to 3 poems in typed manuscript or electronic form. Include name, address, e-mail address, and phone number on separate page. E-mail submissions should be attached in a Word file or pasted into the body of the message. Do not include identifying information on poems themselves.

Send To: Chester River Association, Attn: Nielsen Poetry Prize, 400 S. Cross St. #2, Chestertown, MD 21620. Or

Sponsors: The Chester River Association and the Kent County Arts Council

Poetry Night Coordinator: Meredith Davies Hadaway, author of Fishing Secrets of the Dead, The River is a Reason, and At the Narrows.


Pat Nielson Poetry Competition 2015


Events in January & February 2015

Andre SiscoFriday, January 9, 2015 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Andre Sisco
Charles Sumner Post #25 GAR – 206 S. Queen St. Chestertown, MD
Andre Sisco, native of Kent County and product of the soulful upbringing of the waterman’s culture, delivers a blend of blues, soul and gospel that is an embodiment of the rich culture of our area.  His renditions of popular artists (Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bobby Womack) are unique to his personality and character and bring audiences to remembrances of less complicated times.

Kevin Harris Art Show Jan 16 2014Friday, January 16, 2015 5:00 pm
Kevin Harris Art Show
Charles Sumner Post #25 GAR – 206 S. Queen St. Chestertown, MD
The GAR will be featuring the artwork of Kevin Harris from January 16th through the month of February. Harris, a native of Kent County, studied commercial art in high school, and graphic layout at the Digital Arts Institute in Baltimore. He has been painting on and off for over thirty years. His rebirth as an artist occurred three years ago, and since then has focused on abstract work representing African American culture with an emphasis on spirituality and experience in the community today. His highly original work is painted on glass, from behind with acrylics and other mediums. Curated by Marilee Schumann and Fai Wilson.

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 10.19.14 AMSaturday, January 17, 2015 5:00 pm
Lift Up Our Voices in Song
Prince Theatre at the Garfield Center – 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD
4th Annual Commemoration Concert for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. features music, poetry, dance and spoken word. Admission is free, but donations will go to the charities supported by the MLK Breakfast Event.

Monday, January 19, 2015 7:00 am
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration
Rock Hall Fire Hall

the boy king mlkjrMonday, January 19, 2015  11:30 am to 5:00 pm
First Annual King Day Film Festival
Charles Sumner Post #25 GAR – 206 S. Queen St. Chestertown, MD
Documentaries including The Boy King, and others will be shown throughout the afternoon. Admission is free. Popcorn will be provided.






ASE_5960Wednesday, February 11, 2015
American Spiritual Ensemble in concert
Decker Theatre Washington College – 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD
Vocal workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm Bethel AME Church


Kent County by Water by Chris Cerino

Cerino to Unveil New Book on First Friday, November 7, 2014 at Robert Ortiz Studios

Chris Cerino’s Kent County by Water: A Portrait of Maryland’s Most Scenic Peninsula

Chris Cerino with his Book and Ship










On Friday, November 7, 2014, Chestertown Mayor and Sultana Education Foundation Vice President Chris Cerino will unveil his new book, entitled Kent County by Water, at Robert Ortiz Studios at 207 South Cross Street in downtown Chestertown. While working on this project, Cerino collected thousands of photographs during guided canoe, kayak, and sailing trips on the Chester River, Sassafras River, and the Chesapeake Bay proper. The resulting book features 120 pages of full-color digital images that provide readers with an intimate look into the rivers, creeks, and marshes that make Kent County such an ideal location for boaters and paddling enthusiasts. In addition to stunning pictures of the flora and fauna that inhabit the waterways of the Eastern Shore, the book also portrays the people and communities that make this region such a special place to live, work, and play.

Free food and drink will be provided, and the author will give brief talks about the book featuring a variety of images from the publication starting at 5 pm, 6 pm, and 7 pm. Books will also be on sale for purchase. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to mingle with the author, view spectacular photographs of Kent County, and enjoy free wine and hors d’oeuvres with friends and family.
















Event is Free and everyone is invited.

Photography and Story: Chris Cerino

Book Design: James Dissette

Support: Kent County Arts Council, Leslie Prince Raimond, Director

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