Bookplate poetry reading at Raimond Cultural Center

CHESTERTOWN — Grace Cavalieri, the poet laureate of Maryland, and 14 other poets from The Antioch Poetry Retreat will be celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Kent Cultural Alliance’s Vincent and Leslie Prince Raimond Cultural Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. It is being held in partnership with The Bookplate.

Reservations are not required.

All 15 writers are featured in The Antioch Poetry Retreat’s new anthology, “A Gathering of Poets” published by Forest Woods Media, which can be purchased that night.

Cavalieri has been Maryland’s poet laureate since 2018. She is the author of several poetry books and chapbooks and short-form and full-length plays. Her latest book is “The Long Game” (WordWorks).

Cavalieri also founded and hosts “The Poet and the Poem,” which has been on-air for 47 years from The Library of Congress.

Also on the Nov. 15 program is Beth Dulin, who has Eastern Shore connections. Her writing has appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, Atlanta Review, Gargoyle, Little Patuxent Review, New York Quarterly and Wigleaf. Her limited edition artists’ book titled “Truce” is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the other poets who are scheduled to appear at the Nov. 15 event.

Gail Bartlett’s poems have been published in anthologies The Road Beneath Our Feet by Dan Murano and Baltimorology. A student of Grace Cavalieri’s at Antioch, she helped publish Hard Crabs for Maryland Writer’s Council. She lives in Baltimore City and Renick, West Virginia.

Paul Bartlett is a practicing poet, living and working in Baltimore City and Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Years ago, he attended Antioch College and studied poetry with Grace Cavalieri. Today, he still reads and writes with Cavalieri and the poets in this anthology.

Janice F. Booth, who has a master’s degree in British literature, is a poet and journalist, and writes a long-running monthly gardens column for a regional publication. Her poems have appeared in periodicals and anthologies. She has taught in public and private upper schools and colleges.

Alan Britt is the author of more than 25 books of poetry. His latest books of poetry are “Garden of Earthly Delights” and “The Tavern of Lost Souls.” A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, he currently teaches English/creative writing at Towson University.

Tara A. Elliott’s poems have been published in Cimarron Review, Wildness and Ninth Letter. She served as executive director of the Eastern Shore Writers Association and chair of the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference. A student of Lucille Clifton, she received a Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award.

Geoffrey Himes’ poetry has been published by Best American Poetry, December, Gianthology, the Loch Raven Review, Innisfree and Salt Lick — among others. His articles on music and theater have appeared in The Washington Post, New York Times, Rolling Stone and Smithsonian Magazine.

Beth Joselow has published her work in six books, several chapbooks and many magazines and anthologies. She taught writing for many years to students at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., and currently works as a mental health counselor in Lewes, Delaware.

Jennifer Keith is a web content writer for Johns Hopkins Medicine and plays bass for the rock band Batworth Stone. Her poems have appeared in Sewanee Review, Free State Review, Un- splendid, Best American Poetry 2015 and Smartish Pace. She lives in Baltimore.

Diane Wilbon Parks is a poet, author and literary leader — and U.S. Air Force veteran — who has written two poetry collections. She served as an expert consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation on a National Endowment for the Arts grant. An information technology program manager, she lives in Maryland.

Dinahsta “Miss Kiane” Thomas is an author, performer and safe space facilitator who created her first poem at the age of 3. She has been writing and sharing her passion for poetry ever since. Her work was published in Who’s Who in Poetry, Paris Lit, It’s My Journey and elsewhere.

Bernard Welt, who has a master’s degree in writing and a Ph.D. in literary studies, has written and published poetry since the 1970s. His work includes essays on film, television, the arts and dream studies.

He is professor emeritus of arts and humanities at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at George Washington University.

Ellen Wise’s work has appeared in many small journals and poetry anthologies. She received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and Bread Loaf’s scholarship in poetry. Noted classical composer Adolphus Hailstork set five of her poems as the song-cycle, Ventriloquist Acts of God.

Ellen Carter Woodbridge graduated from Antioch College in 1974 with a degree in documentary arts. She studied with Grace Cavalieri, who continues to be a generous and inspiring mentor. 

The Raimond Cultural Center is located at 101 Spring Ave. in downtown Chestertown.

For more event details, contact The Bookplate at 410-778-4167 or

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