Kathy Smaltz named Prince William County Poet Laureate for 2016-2018.
As Prince William Poet Laureate, Smaltz will bring poetry and writing to the community by encouraging rising poets and leading poetry workshops for people in all walks of life. Smaltz envisions 'empowerment' as the theme of her tenure and will assist community members to create and celebrate poetry. Smaltz is a Language Arts Teacher and Gifted Education Teacher at The Nokesville School. She has also taught at Brentsville District High School, Potomac Senior High School, Bull Run Middle School, and was an adjunct professor at NVCC and George Mason University. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University and her B.A.in English from William and Mary. She has won an award for her poetry from the Virginia Press Association, was the Virginia Council of Creative Arts Resident, and a fellowship recipient of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Council. Smaltz is also a member of Write by the Rails, The Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, and has taught summer sessions for the Northern Virginia Writing Project.
Smaltz was crowned Poet Laureate at
SummerFest a community music festival co-sponsored by The Prince William Arts Council and the Clearbrook Foundation. The event was held on June 18th, 2016 at the Tackett’s Mill Center in Lake Ridge, VA.
All nominees for the honor were inducted into the
Poetry Circle, a poetry alumni group that gathers together to share literary talents and serve the greater poetry community.