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    Kensington is a town with a rich, historic past and a vibrant present. The sound of a train whistle still permeates throughout the town, reminiscent of Kensington’s sleepier origins in 1873.

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Cerphe Colwell – 1:45 to 2:00 KTown Rocks! Stage

Cerphe Colwell began his career on WHFS 102.3 radio, one of the first freeform stations in the United States. He helped promote the early careers of Bruce Springsteen, Lowell George, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, and many other rock luminaries. Cerphe’s radio resume includes WAVA, DC101, WJFK, and current station Music Planet Radio. Cerphe lives in Leesburg, Virginia. CoAuthor  Stephen Moore

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Wendy Miller

Through their scientific research and clinical practice, husband and wife team Gene D. Cohen and Wendy L. Miller uncovered new clues about how the aging mind can build resilience and continue growth, even during times of grave illness, thus setting aside the traditional paradigm of aging as a time of decline.      Cohen, a founding father of geriatric psychiatry,

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Jessica Childress – Children’s Book author

Juris “JP” Prudence is an 11 year-old lawyer who fights for kids’ rights! Read about the adventures of JP and her friends in The Briefcase of Juris P. Prudence.  Meet the author, Jessica Childress, at the festival in the children’s literature area! Visit Website | Follow on Facebook | Follow on Instagram Ms. Childress is passionate about increasing diversity amongst

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E. Ethelbert Miller

“Ethelbert’s poetry enters us and sings. Like the biblical prophets, he inspires and challenges us, and gives voice to our deepest longing: to live with greater intensity and passion, and bring significance to our existence. He is one of the great voices of our day.”—Susannah Heschel,  Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer

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Mark Opsasnick and Jeff Krulik – 12:45 to 1:30 La Rambla Stage

Mark Opsasnick is a cultural historian who has authored seven books including “Capitol Rock” – a history of Washington, D.C.-area rock and roll from 1951 to 1976. He lives in Greenbelt, Maryland and is currently working on a book project that examines the evolution of popular music in the Washington, D.C. area from the Colonial era to the nation’s Bicentennial.

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Linda Joy Burke

I believe that through deep, personal exploration and integration of the arts into our lives, in whatever form – “art” presents itself to us, we enhance our growth and inform our knowing about the world and ourselves more completely. This allows us to heal wounds, and create a culture that bridges the best and worst of our history with the

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Nancy Naomi Carlson

2017-2018 Day of the Book Poet Laureate!   Kensington has always been known as a poetry-friendly town.  To further spotlight and celebrate our collective love of poetry, we have designated Nancy Naomi Carlson as our 2017-2018 Day of the Book Poet Laureate. Ms. Carlson is not only a strong poet and poetry translator in her own right, but is also a

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