The Power of Poetry

Poetry Power!


No, this won’t be your typical poetry event.  

This tent will spotlight the Power of Poetry – the power to dream, to shout, to coo, to jump.  The day’s program includes an “On-the-Spot Poetry Competition” when both teens and adults will be encouraged to write a poem that will be judged for prizes. You’ll also be able to ask some of the area’s most powerful poets – representing many of the Capitol region’s poetry organizations – about their words of wisdom in verse.  In the mood to travel?  You’ll be able to take a poetry trip as you hear poems from around the word and in other languages translated into English.  And, you’ll have the chance to gaze up at the poetry stars as we spotlight a nationally recognized poet.  We’ll be celebrating the region’s amazing diversity of poets and poetry – all in a family-friendly way.  What a great way to celebrate Spring in all of its glory at the Festival in Old Town Kensington.   Come be a part of the Power of Poetry!


Linda Joy Burke

Readings by

(Schedule to be announced)

The Federal Poets
Washington Writers Publishing House
Kensington Row Poetry Series
Poets from DC-ALT (DC branch of the Literary Translators Association)

danutaDanuta E. Kosk-Kosicka

kosovskyRoman Kostovski

katherine-youngKatherine E. Young

 & Christina Daub
With a special reading by Nancy Naomi Carlson, 2017 Day of the Book Poet Laureate

Masters of Ceremony



Hiram Larew

Larew’s poems have appeared most recently in vox poetica, Every Day Poems, Amsterdam Quarterly, Viator, Shot Glass, Seminary Ridge Review and Honest Ulsterman. He lives in Upper Marlboro, MD.

nancy-naomi-carlson-0  Nancy Naomi Carlson  

Nancy Naomi Carlson has received grants from the NEA, Maryland State Arts Council, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County for her translations and non-translated work. She is the author of seven titles, and her translation of The Nomads, My Brothers, Go Out to Drink from the Dipper by Abdourahman Waberi (from Djibouti) was shortlisted for the “Best Translated Book Award” last year. Her work has appeared in APR, The Georgia Review, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner.