Local Poet Wins 2 Awards at Gallery’s Poetry Contest

Local Poet Wins 2 Awards at Gallery’s Poetry Contest

NEW PORT RICHEY (May 23, 2015) – Local resident and writer, Dell deChant, won first place and an honorable mention for two of his original poems submitted for consideration in the annual poetry contest presented by the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery.

Annalise Mabe from USF represented the committee that read the anonymous poems and then selected the winners based on use of language, development of images and choice of words, sounds and the impression created by the writer.

deChant’s current focus is on two collections: Apocalyptic Memes and Urban Pastorals. “Together they offer reflections on religious features and concepts as they relate to the current ecological crisis,” he noted. His first place winner is titled Good Friday, 2014 and the Honorable Mention’s title is Trees in the Florida Winter.

The last Friday of the month at the downtown art gallery, there will be an open mic poetry reading called “Poets Point” from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The Downtown New Port Richey Gallery is located on Grand Boulevard (6231 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey, FL 34652) next the Richey Suncoast Theatre. Fran McLean is the gallery director.

Dell deChant is a Master Instructor in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of South Florida where he has served since 1986. The author of three books, and over 40 articles and chapters in professional publications, deChant is a specialist in religion and contemporary cultures currently focusing on the contemporary ecological crisis as it manifests in American popular culture and religion.  DeChant also participated in the Florida Loquat Festival’s “O! Loquat!” poetry session by reading one of his original poems about loquats.

Photo by Marilynn deChant
Photo: One of the judges of the annual poetry contest sponsored by the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, Annalise Mabe from USF (left) stands with First Place winner, Dell deChant (center) along with gallery director, Fran McLean (right).

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