Saturday, March 22, 2008

Calling All Poetry Lovers: Kent County Poetry Festival Wants You

Chestertown, MD — Calling all Kent County poetry lovers: Do you have an all-time favorite poem (by any poet) to share with others? If so, then the first annual "Kent County Poetry Festival: A Day of Public Poetry in Celebration of National Poetry Month" wants you.

Presented by Washington College and the Kent County Arts Council, the event will be held in the Book Plate at 112 S. Cross Street on Friday, April 4, 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 many facets and widespread appeal.

"This program is in the spirit of the 'Favorite Poem Project' pioneered by Robert Pinsky when he was Poet Laureate of the United States," said Christopher Ames, Provost and Dean of Washington College.

"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."

Robert Earl Price, lecturer and writer in residence in the Drama Department at Washington College, is the organizer of the project. Sign-up sheets have been posted at various locations throughout the county; persons interested in participating also may e-mail to become part of the readers' roster.

March 21, 2008

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