The Kent Cultural Alliance is seeking an Indigenous writer, playwright, or poet for a new commission project funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The purpose of this commission is to create a work for the stage that better helps residents of and visitors to the land now known as Kent County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to understand the Indigenous people who call this land home. This project is also designed to support the work of an Indigenous researcher and writer, who will receive $7,500 for the project. This project is very much a research project as well as a creative one.

Kent County lies on the upper eastern shore of Maryland on the lands of the Lenape and the Nanticoke peoples. In his 1608 survey of the Chesapeake Bay, John Smith encountered two distinct communities of Native peoples in what is now called Kent County—the Tockwogh and the Ozini—both small Algonquin tribes.

To apply: please submit a CV of your creative pursuits, examples of previously published or produced works for the stage, and an artist’s statement about why this project is of interest to you. Submit all via email to Please call with questions: 410-778-3700 . Deadline April 30, 2021.

Photo: earrings for sale at a powwow. Photo by Edwin @Remsberg Photographs.