Provided by Prince William County
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors invites the public to celebrate “In the Company of Laureates” Oct. 9 and 10.
On these two days, the Prince William Arts Council will host more than 30 poets from around the world, for a mix of spoken word performances, visual arts displays, open mic events, book sales and workshops. This free event will be held at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The Board proclamation, presented to Prince William Poet Laureate Kim B. Miller by Chair Ann Wheeler and Supervisor Kenny Boddye, is also meant to promote writing and artistic expression, encouraging more poets to create and share their work. The proclamation notes that “Poetry is a story-telling art form that predates the written word. Today, poetry spans a vast array of genres which encompass, chronicle, and challenge the human story throughout the ages.”
The naming of a poet laureate is a storied tradition that dates back to 17th-century England, as a way for towns and villages to celebrate their local poets and bards. In 2014, Prince William County became the first county in Virginia to create a Poet Laureate program as a way to celebrate and promote this artform, bestowing distinguished local writers with this title for two-year terms.
To learn more about the event, and Prince William’s Poet Laureates past and present, visit pwcartscouncil.org/poet-laureate/. Event attendees should plan to follow the latest CDC guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19