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Novelist and Poet Chris Campanioni To Read At The Bookplate September 26


chrisAward-winning novelist and poet Chris Campanioni will read and sign copies of In Conversation and Going Down at The Bookplate at 6 p.m., Friday September 26.

Campanioni became the youngest author to be selected for the International Latino Book Award (Best First Book) in June. The novel is the first in a series that explores communication and language, commodities and media, tourism and terrorism. Since its September 1 release, Going Down has received glowing reviews by newspapers, magazines, and radio stations, including the New York Post, RealClear, Manhattan Times, Bronx Free Press, Brooklyn Eagle, Fjords Review, Nuestras Palabra, and The Michigan Business Network. It is being taught in universities ranging from Texas to Michigan.

Campanioni, a first-generation Cuban- and Polish American, is a journalist, professor, and model, and winner of the 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize for poetry from his collection In Conversation. His work has appeared in the Star-Ledger, San Francisco Chronicle, Bergen Record, The Brooklyn Rail, Fjords  Review, the NewerYork, Vending Machine Press,  Quiddity International Literary Journal, Blunderbuss,  Rosebud Magazine, Lime Hawk, Literary Orphans, La Pluma y La Tinta, Squawk Back, Across the Margin, and elsewhere. He has also worked as an actor with a number of recurring roles on All My Children and One Life to Live, and has been a guest on The Today Show and The View. Campanioni has been photographed for international magazines, books, and catalogues spanning North America and Milan, Paris and Melbourne, including the cover of DNA, along with runway shows in Manhattan, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro. He teaches literature and fiction writing at the City University of New York, Staten  Island and Baruch College. Find him in space here:  www.chriscampanioni.com

Praise for Going Down, In Conversation, and Chris Campanioni:  

“Following his novel, Going Down, a tour de force of metafiction and genre-bending, Chris Campanioni continues to embrace the avant-garde strain, this time in poetry, with these complex, yet very accessible pieces that pop on the page with a mix of self-reflection, game-playing, and pop culture in conversation with each other, with the author, and with the reader. Read one, and you’ll want to read them all–again and again.” — John J. Trause, author of Eye Candy for AndySeriously Serial; and Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round

“A writer, teacher, actor and model, in his debut novel, Campanioni draws from his experiences to bring readers along for a ride … a must-read book.” — New York Post

“Campanioni’s life experiences give him a unique perspective. Rather than writing about fashion or journalism as an outsider looking in, he draws from a rich array of personal stories. The inquisitiveness and attention to detail he needed as a reporter has fueled Campanioni’s fiction writing.” — Manhattan Times

“Engaging. Captivating. Exciting.” — The Latina Book Club

“If Gatsby is considered the last great ‘New York Novel’ … then Going Down by Chris

Campanioni is like Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century. The writing style is like a child of Martin Amis and Reinaldo Arenas, full of linguistic poise and observational quips.” — The Banner 

“He’s an author. A model. A college professor. Is Chris Campanioni the most interesting man in the world? He debuts with Going Down, an equally interesting coming-of-age novel.” — Brooklyn Eagle 

In addition to achieving the New York Post’s “must-read” list, the novel has also been named as one of the best books of 2013 by the Latina Book Club. Readers and critics have likened the work to a combination of pop art and avant-garde, and publications, like the Manhattan Times, have praised the work for its realistic portrayal of the newsroom and the runway, particularly from the Latino perspective.

From the author: 

“I started writing Going Down over six years ago, when I began modeling during the day and working as a copy editor at night at the Star-Ledger. In 2007, I was mainly exploring the issue of “growing up,” especially in today’s society in which the sociological parameters of adulthood have become increasingly outdated. But as the writing progressed, I realized the stakes were also rising. The novel became more than just a coming-of-age story and an exploration of my generation. It also explores the fashion industry and the everyday activities of a Cuban-American journalist and male model from that singular perspective, so there is quite a bit about being in the newsroom and the runway, a ticket backstage. At the same time, I wanted to give a voice to a very unseen and under-represented individual—a Latino model—underlying a culture’s lack of representation that reflects a larger void in the world. Earlier this month, the New York  Times reported on the disquieting lack of  diversity in the fashion industry in its article,“Fashion’s Blind Spot” (August 8, 2013), so  the trend toward an awareness of some of these issues is progressing.”

Family-Friendly Concert “Carnivals & Dances” at WC Sept. 28


On Sunday afternoon, September 28, as part of its Premier Artists series, Washington College will feature pianists and professors Grace Kim and Hanchien Lee in a light-hearted, family-friendly performance titled Carnivals & Dances: Virtuoso French Music for Two Pianos. Featuring works by composers Camille Saint-Saëns, Francis Poulenc, and Maurice Ravel, the program also will include poetic narration by Timothy Maloney, Professor Emeritus of drama.

The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue. Tickets for Carnivals & Dances: Virtuoso French Music for Two Pianos are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and non-WC college students. Washington College students and children 18 and under will be admitted free. Concert series tickets (both individual tickets as well as season tickets) can now be purchased at washcoll.edu/concert.

Grace Eun Hae Kim has performed all over the world in venues that include the Kennedy Center, Taipei National Concert Hall, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. One critic described her playing as “hypnotic from the first to the last note,” and the Washington Post praised it as “rich with emotional contrasts.” Prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the William Kappell International Piano Competition, and the Corpus Christi International Competition, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and her Doctor of Music Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

Hanchien Lee began studies with Claude Frank and Eleanor Sokoloff at age 11 and debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 16. She has since performed across the world, at venues in North America, Europe and Asia. Frank, who also taught Lee at Yale University, praised her “impeccable technique and sincere musicality with presence and assuredness beyond her years.” After earning her master’s degree and artists’ diploma at Yale, she earned her doctoral degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Recipient of the prestigious Chi-Mei Scholarship and Clara Ascherfeld Award, she won first prize at the Russel C. Wonderlic Piano Competition.

Timothy Maloney will narrate for the pianists’s performance of Saint-Saëns’s whimsical classic, Carnival of the Animals, reading a series of funny rhymes the late Ogden Nash wrote to accompany each movement. Maloney first came to Washington College in 1966, charged with creating a drama department. He retired after 47 years as a beloved teacher and mentor, and was recognized with the Alumni Association’s prestigious Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The Premier Artists lineup is part of the Washington College Concert Series. Now in it’s 63rd year, the Concert Series in recent years has also sponsored the free 12@Hotchkiss concert program, which brings top regional artists for free lunchtime performances on the first Friday of the month. For a full listing of concerts and performances, visit the Concert Series website site at washcoll.edu/concert.

Carnivals and Dancers poster

RiverArts and CV Starr Center to Mount Exhibition of WWII Oral Histories


The Real War: World War II Veterans Remember exhibition, based on the Starr Center’s StoryQuest oral history program, opens on Wednesday, October 1, at Chestertown RiverArts from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition shares the images and interviews of veterans and families done by students of Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and transcribed by RiverArts members. Thirty-three veterans, half of whom reside at Heron Point, share their stories about the war and their service more than seventy years later. Local legends Dr. Davy McCall, Vince Raimond, Bobbie Anselmi, Joseph Doherty and Raz Kloman share their stories of incredible courage and resourcefulness during WW II in the many theatres of the War.

The RiverArts Studio Gallery is located at 315 High Street. The exhibition will run through November 1 and then travel to Washington College and, following that, to the Historical Society. RiverArts Gallery hours are 11:00 to 4:00 on Tuesday to Friday and 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday.

Chestertown RiverArts is a member-supported, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging our community in the creation, appreciation, and support of the arts. We are a dynamic group of artists, art lovers, and people who believe the arts enrich us all, both as individuals and as a community. Through programming for children and adults, exhibitions, classes, and more, we strive to excite the creative spark in everyone.





Washington College Stages Pinter’s Intense Domestic Drama Old Times October 2-5


The Washington College Drama Department will bring Harold Pinter’s challenging domestic drama Old Times to the intimate Tawes Theatre stage October 2 through 5. Directed by Assistant Professor of Drama Brendon Fox, student actors will explore the fraught dynamics of a couple’s shaky marriage, wife Kate’s glamorous best friend, and secrets from their shared past.


“Pinter’s take on relationships can be applied to nearly everyone,” says Michele Volansky, chair of the Drama Department. “This is a tight, tense play that asks, ‘How well can you trust your significant other? Your best friend? Your own memory of the past?’ Old Times is stylistically engaging and thematically dangerous. We become drawn into the sexy, mysterious tug of war between husband 
and best friend as they vie for Kate’s body and soul.”


Junior Liza Conover portrays Kate, senior Austin Lewis plays her husband, Deeley, and sophomore Olivia Serio is the provocative friend, Anna.


Director Fox, who led the Drama Department’s highly praised spring 2014 production of Tom Stoppards’ Arcadia, has worked in numerous theaters around the country, primarily in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Diego.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in performance studies from Northwestern University and a master of fine arts degree from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.


Fox’s colleague Laura Eckelman, assistant professor of drama, is lighting designer for Old Times. Eckelman’s theatrical lighting has enhanced projects that range from classical drama to contemporary performance art in theaters all over the country, including Yale Repertory Theatre, Connecticut College, and Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska.


The design team also includes costume and set designer Lindsey Vandevier. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon and has designed for theater and ballet productions in Pittsburgh, New York and Florence, Italy. a B.F.A. from Syracuse. The sound designer is Zach Weidner, a 2014 graduate of Washington College who earned his bachelor’s degree in drama.  Professor Volansky (’90) and Alex Foxwell ’16 serve as dramaturgs.  The stage manager is Nicole Capobianco ’16, assisted by Sean Symes ’16. The assistant director is Ashley Warfield ’16.


Old Times will be offered Thursday and Friday, October 2 and 3, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended; email drama_tickets@washcoll.edu or call 410-778-7800 ext. 7835. Tawes Theater is located on the ground floor of the Gibson Center for the Arts on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue. For more information about this and other upcoming productions, visit www.washcoll.edu/departments/drama/.

Author of 2014 “Economic Freedom of the World” Report Offers a Preview Sept. 30 at WC


josh_hallEconomist Joshua Hall, a co-author of the 2014 Economic Freedom of the World report due for release next month, will offer an advance look at its findings when he visits Washington College on Tuesday, September 30.


Hall, one of three authors of the annual report, will present an illustrated talk that summarizes its contents and explains how its findings are used in economic literature around the globe. His presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue. A reception will follow in the Underwood Lobby.


The Economic Freedom of the World report is prepared annually by the The Economic Freedom Network, an organization with member institutes in more than 80 nations.  The Network and its report are initiatives of the Fraser Institute, an independent think tank headquartered in Vancouver that studies the impact of competitive markets and government interventions on individuals and society.


The authors of the Economic Freedom of the World project believe that individuals enjoy economic freedom “when property they acquire without the use of force, fraud, or theft is protected from physical invasions by others and they are free to use, exchange, or give their property as long as their actions do not violate the identical rights of others.” They measure economic freedom in five different areas: (1) size of government, (2) legal structure and security of property rights, (3) access to sound money, (4) freedom to trade internationally, and (5) regulation of credit, labor, and business.


“Research shows that people living in countries with high levels of economic freedom enjoy greater prosperity, more political and civil liberties, and longer life spans,” according to a news release on the 2013 report, which ranked Hong Kong as the most economically free country in the world, and placed the United States at number 17.


Joshua Hall is an associate professor of economics at West Virginia University, where he earned his Ph.D. in economics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in economics from Ohio University. Before joining the faculty at West Virginia, he was the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College and an economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Author of more than 100 academic journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly studies, he also edited Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics (Stanford University Press, 2014).

His September 30 talk is sponsored by the College’s Department of Economics and Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture, along with the Washington College Republicans. Funding is provided by the William James Forum

Award-winning Novelist at The Bookplate September 26


Author Chris Campanioni, award-winning novelist and poet, will read and sign copies of In Conversation and Going Down at The Bookplate at the end of the month.

Campanioni became the youngest author to be selected for the International Latino Book Award (Best First Book) in June. The novel is the first in a series that explores communication and language, commodities and media, tourism and terrorism. Since its September 1 release, Going Down has received glowing reviews by newspapers, magazines, and radio stations, including the New York Post, RealClear, Manhattan Times, Bronx Free Press, Brooklyn Eagle, Fjords Review, Nuestras Palabra, and The Michigan Business Network. It is being taught in universities ranging from Texas to Michigan.

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 7.04.51 AMCampanioni, a first-generation Cuban- and Polish American, is a journalist, professor, and model, and winner of the 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize for poetry from his collection In Conversation. His work has appeared in the Star-Ledger, San Francisco Chronicle, Bergen Record, The Brooklyn Rail, Fjords Review, the NewerYork, Vending Machine Press,  Quiddity International Literary Journal, Blunderbuss,  ShapeRosebud Magazine, Lime Hawk, Literary Orphans, La Pluma y La Tinta, Squawk Back, Across the Margin, and elsewhere. He has also worked as an actor with a number of recurring roles on All My Children and One Life to Live, and has been a guest on The Today Show and The View. Campanioni has been photographed for international magazines, books, and catalogues spanning North America and Milan, Paris and Melbourne, including the cover of DNA, along with runway shows in Manhattan, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro.

Campanioni teaches literature and fiction writing at the City University of New York, Staten Island and Baruch College. Find him in space here: www.chriscampanioni.com

Chris Campanioni
The Bookplate
September 26 – 6 PM

OCEAN Quartet to Bring Celtic & British Tunes to The Mainstay


OCEAN Quartet brings tapestry of Celtic and British songs and tunes for the season to the Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday September 27 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15.

OCEAN Quartet’s musical vision is created with a stirring combination of compelling originals and innovative arrangements of traditional songs and tunes with composer. The show is entitled “Autumn Leaves” after one of bandleader Jennifer Cutting’s original compositions.

OCEAN Quartet webThe group features Jennifer Cutting on accordions & keyboard; the wondrous vocals of Lisa Moscatiello who also plays whistles & guitar; the champion Scottish fiddler Andrew Dodds, and folklorist Steve Winick on vocals and percussion. They put a glorious spin on traditional songs and Cutting’s fine original compositions, from soaring ballads and stirring sea chanteys to blazing fiddle and accordion tunes, from electrifying jigs and reels to goosebump-raising vocals and otherworldly airs. Their love of deep scholarship and great sense of humor add layers of enjoyment to their performance. The Washington Post calls their live show “nothing short of spellbinding.”

As a songwriter, Cutting is best known for her Celtic-tinged originals celebrating the turning of the seasons and human rites of passage. She was a protégée of A.L. Lloyd, (who also mentored members of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span) and is a Library of Congress ethnomusicologist as well as a pioneering bandleader who founded OCEAN, and before that, The New St. George (which also featured Lisa Moscatiello). At home in the studio as well as onstage, Cutting has written and produced songs for artists such as Maddy Prior and Annie Haslam.

She spent 10 years as leader of The New St. George, and then created and produced the award – winning CD, OCEAN: Songs for the Night Sea Journey, collaborating with international superstars such as Maddy Prior and Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention) Tony Cuffe (Ossian) and Troy Donockley (Iona [UK]). She swept the 2004 WAMMIE awards, winning “Musician of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year,” and “Best New Artist,” as well as “Album of the Year” and “Best Contemporary Folk Recording” that recording. She has won two Maryland Governor’s Citations for composition, as well as prestigious national level songwriting awards such as First Prize in songwriting at the Merle Watson Festival, and American Songwriter Magazine’s Song of the Year.

When Cutting auditioned Moscatiello for the New St. George, a musical partnership that would last a lifetime was born. Moscatiello proved to be the perfect voice for Cutting’s vision. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, and a veteran of its thriving Celtic music scene, Moscatiello has a voice that Billboard magazine has called “one of the most gorgeous instruments in all of folk-tinged pop.”

Moscatiello was the lead singer for the traditional Irish trio Ceoltóirí (with Sue Richards and Karen Ashbrook), for Jennifer Cutting’s British folk – rock band The New St. George, and for the electric Celtic band Whirligig. Lisa studied voice at Yale, and toured with the a cappella group Redhot and Blue. She has also toured as a solo artist, and as a duo with Baltimore fiddler Rosie Shipley. She has three solo and duo CDs to date. She sings on all of Jennifer Cutting’s albums, including one by the New St. George and two by OCEAN.

Stephen Winick, a Library of Congress folklorist, has a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under song specialists Kenny Goldstein and Roger Abrahams. He specializes in traditional ballads and sea chanteys as both a performer and a lecturer and teacher, bringing scholarly depth to OCEAN. He has been singing traditional songs in English and French since his childhood, and spent several summers under the tutelage of the late Dublin ballad singer Frank Harte. He is a member of Ship’s Company Chanteymen, and was engaged as an expert scholar, researcher, and performer for the 2008 Washington Christmas Revels, which presented the music of Québec. He reprised his role on the 2010 CD release Le Temps des Fetes, and in the same year appeared on OCEAN’s CD Song of Solstice.

Andrew Dodds is an award winning Celtic fiddler from Springfield, Virginia. As a member of IONA, he toured nationally and internationally and won a WAMMIE for Best Traditional Folk Album, 2006 (A Celebration of 20). He has won nearly every regional Scottish fiddle competition in the Mid – Atlantic, and placed 2nd in the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship. Co-founder and Instructor of the George Mason University Celtic Music Ensemble, he also teaches Classical, Irish, Scottish, and Old -Time fiddle at Del Ray Performing Arts Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

The band’s story began when Jennifer Cutting returned from several years in Britain, where she had studied with the English folk-revival pioneer A.L. “Bert” Lloyd, who also inspired and mentored electric folk bands such as Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and 5 Hand Reel. During her time in England, she also worked with and opened for members of these bands, and returned to the US determined to continue the tradition of Electric Folk that they began. Inspired by the subtle fire of Moving Hearts and the Bothy Band, the spine-tingling power of the Battlefield Band and Ossian, and the stately, majestic qualities of Pyewackett and Malicorne, she created her own electric folk bands, first The New St. George, and then The Ocean Orchestra. With OCEAN, Jennifer has reached the bar set by her heroes, applying the principles and techniques of electric folk to traditional and self-penned material alike. Her heroes have now passed the torch on to her; Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), Tony Cuffe (Ossian), and Gabriel Yacoub (Malicorne) have all guested on OCEAN albums.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. For information and reservations call the Mainstay at 410-639-9133. More information is also available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Inside the Mind of a Mystery Writer


Mystery writer Brad Parks, winner of the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, will speak at the Chestertown Branch of Kent County Public on Friday, October 10th. As the only author to have won all three of these awards celebrating excellence in the detective and mystery genres, he will offer listeners an interesting glimpse into the crafting of a good mystery.

Beginning at 5:30pm, the general public is invited to meet the author during a catered reception. A limited number of copies of several of Mr. Parks’ books will be available for purchase and he will be available to sign books during the reception.

At 6:30pm, Mr. Parks will present “Inside the Mind of a Mystery Writer.” Due to limited seating, tickets are required to attend this talk and are available FREE OF CHARGE on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are available at all three KCPL locations while supplies last.

For more information about this event, please call 410-778-3636.

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