Nominations open for next Prince William County Poet Laureate

Who will be the next Prince William County Poet Laureate?

The Prince William County Arts Council and Poet Laureate Circle is accepting nominations until June 15.

All potential candidates must be at least 21 years old and have lived in Prince William County, Manassas, or Manassas Park. If selected, they must maintain a residence in either of jurisdictions during their term.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the Poet Laureate Selection Panel. Afterward, the final recommendations will be presented to the Prince William Arts Council for position appointment on October 11, 2020.

As Laureate, the selected candidate will promote awareness of poetry and appreciation for the arts during their two-year term. 

Their duties include:

  • Participating in Poet Laureate Circle activities and public readings
  • Participating in PWC Arts Council events including Arts Alive and the Seefeldt Awards
  • Bringing recognition to the history and tradition of poetry, celebrate present contributions, and support advancement of the literary arts for the Greater Prince William area and its residents.
  • Inspiring and encouraging others in an understanding and sharing of poetry and other personal creative expressions.
  • Promoting poetry and other literary endeavors through the media and collaborations with the schools, cultural organizations, and community institutions.
  • Representing the Prince William County area in the wider regional creative arts community.
  • Contributing to the Prince William Arts Council Web Site and its monthly Newsletter.
  • Participating in the Prince William Poet Laureate Day programs, officially named by Prince William County, and celebrated on the Sunday prior to Columbus Day.
  • Creating and presenting at least one outreach or educational project that connects literacy arts with the Greater Prince William community.

When they complete their term, they can be reappointed for no longer than one more year. They will also receive an honorarium of $500 per year.

More information can be found at

Dr. Robert Scott and Zan Hailey were selected as the county’s first co-Poet Laureates in 2014.

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