The Prince William County Arts Council hereby announces its search for the next Prince William County Poet Laureate. Nominations for this position are due by June 23, 2018. Self-nominations and nominations from others are accepted. Only one nomination per person is accepted.
The Prince William County Poet Laureate 2018-2020 serves to promote an awareness of poetry and heighten appreciation of the art form. The selected candidate will forge a meaningful connection between poetry and the community by participating in public gatherings, initiating engaging dialogue with residents, and undertake a project or series of projects which makes poetry more available and accessible to people in their everyday lives.
This position is to be filled by a resident poet of the Greater Prince William area, which includes Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park who has contributed to local poetry scene, written poetry of merit, and who advocates arts, sciences, and community collaborative efforts. The candidate should be comfortable giving public presentations and engaging in public interactions.
Nominations will undergo review by a panel of judges, these judges form the Poet Laureate Selection Panel. After a competitive nomination process, final recommendation(s) of the Poet Laureate Selection Panel are presented to The Prince William Arts Council for position appointment beginning July 1, 2018.
The filled position selected for this Laureate program will serve a two-year term that follows the Prince William County fiscal year. Upon completion of the two-year team, reappointment can be considered for no more than one additional consecutive year. The Prince William County Poet Laureate will receive an honorarium of $500.00 per year.
The candidate must have lived in the area for at least two previous years and must maintain residence in the Prince William County area during the full two-year term.
Candidates must be eighteen years of age or older.
The nominee's name should not be on the description or the poetry samples. Please use a cover page with the candidate's full name.
Nomination submission material should be collated into one packet containing the following documents in this order:
Mail or email the packet to the address provided on the form.
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.