In the Company of Laureates

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Join more than 20 current and former Poets Laureate from Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia in celebration of American poetry. In the Company of Laureates takes place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on October 11 at the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas.

Meet and mingle with the Laureates and other regional poets and enthusiasts. Workshops, panel discussions, open mics and more. Teen program and activities throughout the event.

 

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Free and open to the public. 
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In Cooperation with the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Co-hosts:   Poetry Society of Virginia and Write by the Rails, a Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club


Emcees

JK Daniels (2)J.K. Daniels first book, Wedding Pulls, was selected by C.D. Wright for the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Hub City Press in 2016. A graduate of George Mason University’s M.F.A. program, she teaches creative writing and serves as the Associate Dean of the Division of Languages & Literature on the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, where she also reads for The Northern Virginia Review.

 

LeeAnnLeeAnn Thomas is Assistant Professor of English and Honors Program Chair at NVCC Woodbridge Campus, where she has taught for the past five years. She is a Board Member of the Northern Virginia Review, poet, and alumna of George Mason University’s MFA Creative Writing program.

 

The Laureates

JoAnn Balingit(1)JoAnn Balingit, Poet Laureate of Delaware, is a poet, writer, mother and arts-in-education advocate. She grew up in Lakeland, Florida and has lived in Northern Delaware for the past 25 years.

 

 

Kelly Cherry, Poet Laureate Emerita of Virginia, is the author of 24 books, 10 chapbooks, and 2 translations of classical drama. She is Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin Madison and now lives in rural Virginia with her husband and two bichons.

 

Samantha Drake, Poet Laureate Emerita-Daily Press (2012), just received her MA in English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she spent more time writing comics than she did writing papers. She currently creates content for her comic site Quills and Frills by squishing together images, poetry, and humor.

 

Bill-Glose-headshot-by-Linda-WalshBill Glose, Poet Laureate Emeritus, Daily Press (2011), is a former paratrooper, Gulf War veteran, and author of the poetry collections Half a Man (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and The Human Touch (San Francisco Bay Press, 2007).

 

 

 

Zan HaileyZan Hailey, Prince William County Poet Laureate,  commutes from Richmond, Virginia, where she spends the majority of her time immersed in various creative works. In response to the natural world, she creates free verse poetry that keeps in touch with human experience, while continuing to meditate with her surroundings

 

 

Harshman-4Marc Harshman, Poet Laureate of West Virginia: His published works include the full-length collection GREEN-SILVER AND SILENT; four chapbooks of poems; and eleven children’s books, including ONLY ONE, a Reading Rainbow review title on PBS TV and THE STORM, a Junior Library Guild selection and Smithsonian Notable Book Parent’s Choice Award recipient.

 

Samuel HazoSamuel Hazo, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Pennsylvania (1993-2003), is the author of poetry, fiction, essays, various works of translation and four plays. Appointed by Governor Robert Casey in 1993 as Pennsylvania’s first Poet Laureate, he explores themes of mortality and love, passion and art, courage and grace in a style that is unmistakably his own. (By Proxie)

 

Tori Lane Kovarik, Poet Laureate of the City of Alexandria, is a poet, speaker, artist, and educator living and working in Alexandria, Virginia. As well as her artistic work, Tori teaches preschool art and science and works with victims of sexual trauma.

 

 

Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Poet Laureate Emerita of Virginia (2006-2008): For her contributions during her term, she received from the Virginia Board of Education a Resolution of Appreciation for Sustained Leadership and Devotion to Promoting the Writing and Reading of Poetry among Virginia’s young people.

 

 

Merrill -- Foundry Gallery (2)-1Merrill Leffler Takoma Park Poet Laureate Merrill Leffler is the author of three books of poetry including Mark the Music. He has taught literature at the US Naval Academy and for more than 20 years wrote about Chesapeake Bay science at the University of Maryland. The publisher of Dryad Press, Leffler lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

 

 

Mary McElveen (2)Mary McElveen, Poet Laureate Emerita of the City of Alexandria (2007-2010): She is a former chemist, teacher, and program manager, and currently volunteers as a docent and Poetry Board member at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

 

 

Robert Scott (2)Robert Scott, Prince William County Poet Laureate, is a novelist, poet and English teacher at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia. Dr. Scott’s community outreach project uses a website, and a series of community seminars encourage budding and seasoned Prince William poets to submit poems for inclusion into a permanent “10,000 Poems exhibit.”

 

 

Ron Smith reading his work EzraPoundConference 8July2015 Dorf Tirol CROP (2)Ron Smith, current Poet Laureate of Virginia, is the author of the books Its Ghostly Workshop, Moon Road, and Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery, judged by Margaret Atwood “a close runner-up” for the National Poetry Series Open Competition and subsequently published by University Presses of Florida), and is Poetry Editor of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The Nation, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Plume, Blackbird, Puerto del Sol, as well as in a number of anthologies published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Italy. (Photo by Delores Smith)

Sofia Starnes, Poet Laureate Emerita of Virginia, is the author of five poetry collections, including A Commerce of Moments, designated Honor Book by the Library of Virginia. She has edited two anthologies, most recently The Nearest Poem Anthology, published during her tenure as Poet Laureate of Virginia (2012-2014). In 2013, she received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Union College, KY.

 

Shelby Stephenson, Poet Laureate of North Carolina, was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2014.  His awards include the North Carolina Award in Literature, the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Memorial Award, North Carolina Network Chapbook Prize, Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award, and the Brockman-Campbell Poetry Prize.


Panels, Presentations and Workshops

Sara RobinsonSpotlight on the U. S. Poets LaureateSelected profiles of the nation’s official poets and their poetry from 1937-2015. Presented by Sara Robinson: Author, poet, columnist for Southern Writers Magazine and instructor of Contemporary American Poetry for the University of Virginia’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (UVA/OLLI). Her published works include Stones for Words, A Cruise in Rare WatersTwo Little Girls in a Wading Pool and Love Always, Hobby & Jessie.  In early 2016, her fourth poetry book, Sometimes the Little Town, will be released by Cedar Creek Publishing. For more on Sara: www.saramrobinson.com


Veteran’s Panel

Words On War: Veterans Dr. Frederick Foote, Bill Glose and Jim Mathews join Claudia Gary, former Vietnam Magazine senior editor, to share their writing and examine the role creative expression has as a coping mechanism and as an element of the healing process for service members with PTSD and traumatic physical injuries. Dr. Foote will also discuss the Green Road healing garden, the Walter Reed arts program, and the Maryland Network of Arts and Gardens for Veterans. Jim Mathews, an instructor and editor with the Veterans Writing Project, will talk about its mission and goals.

Frederick Foote (2)Frederick Foote, M.D, Scholar, Institute for Integrative Health: Dr. Foote has pioneered holistic medicine for Veterans at Walter Reed military hospital and elsewhere. His first book of poetry, Medic Against Bom: A Doctor’s Poetry of War, won the Grayson Poetry Prize and appeared in October 2014; readings from the book have raised more than $400,000 for Veterans causes in 2015.

 

 

Bill-Glose-headshot-by-Linda-WalshBill Glose, Poet Laureate Emeritus, Daily Press (2011), is a former paratrooper, Gulf War veteran, and author of the poetry collections Half a Man (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and The Human Touch (San Francisco Bay Press, 2007).

 

 

 

Jim mathewsJames Mathews, Instructor/editor: James Mathews holds a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University and teaches fiction at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  He is also a Chief Master Sergeant with twenty-five years of military experience in both the U.S. Air Force and the District of Columbia Air National Guard. He has been deployed overseas numerous times, including two tours to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (in 2003 and 2006). His fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including the Northwest Review, Carolina Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review and The Florida Review.  In 2008, the University of North Texas published his collection of military-themed stories called Last Known Position which won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction.

Claudia Gary IMG_6207 (2)Claudia Gary, Author of Humor Me (David Robert Books, 2006) and several chapbooks including Let’s Get Out of Here: poems of war, love, and peace of mind — writes, edits, sings, and composes (tonally) in the Washington, D.C. area. Her poems appear in anthologies such as Forgetting Home (Barefoot Muse, 2013)  and Villenelles (everyman Press, 2012), and in journals internationally; her articles on health appear in the VVA Veteran, VFW, and other magazines. (Photo by Hank Miller)

 

Inspiration and Experimentation Panel

Inspiration and Experimentation: Delaware Poet Laureate JoAnn Balingit and Virginia Poet Laureate Emerita Sofia Starnes will read from their poetry and discuss the seeds of inspiration.  Prince William Poet Laureate Zan Hailey,Virginia Poet Laureate Emerita Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith will share their thoughts on experimentation in poetry.

JoAnn Balingit(1)JoAnn Balingit, Poet Laureate of Delaware, is a poet, writer, mother and arts-in-education advocate. She grew up in Lakeland, Florida and has lived in Northern Delaware for the past 25 years.

 

 

Zan HaileyZan Hailey, Prince William County Poet Laureate, commutes from Richmond, Virginia, where she spends the majority of her time immersed in various creative works. In response to the natural world, she creates free verse poetry that keeps in touch with human experience, while continuing to meditate with her surroundings.

 

 

Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Poet Laureate Emerita of Virginia (2006-2008): For her contributions during her term, she received from the Virginia Board of Education a Resolution of Appreciation for Sustained Leadership and Devotion to Promoting the Writing and Reading of Poetry among Virginia’s young people.

 

 

Ron Smith reading his work EzraPoundConference 8July2015 Dorf Tirol CROP (2)Ron Smith, current Poet Laureate of Virginia, is the author of the books Its Ghostly Workshop, Moon Road, and Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery, judged by Margaret Atwood “a close runner-up” for the National Poetry Series Open Competition and subsequently published by University Presses of Florida), and is Poetry Editor of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The Nation, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Plume, Blackbird, Puerto del Sol, as well as in a number of anthologies published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Italy. (Photo by Delores Smith)

Sofia Starnes, Poet Laureate Emerita of Virginia, is the author of five poetry collections, including A Commerce of Moments, designated Honor Book by the Library of Virginia. She has edited two anthologies, most recently The Nearest Poem Anthology, published during her tenure as Poet Laureate of Virginia (2012-2014). In 2013, she received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Union College, KY.


Poetic Storytelling

Laura J. Bobrow  presents her freely translated narrative verse versions of Italian fairy tales from the 16th century collection “Il Pentamerone” by Giambattista Basile. You will be amazed and amused.

Penneycolor (2)Laura J. Bobrow, is an acclaimed storyteller as well as an award-winning poet.  She frequently combines the two pursuits by writing and telling stories in narrative verse.  Her works have been published in more than 50 venues including a fourth-grade textbook in Abu Dhabi.

 

Poetic Lyric

Isabella Perelman is an award-winning singer-songwriter whose influences range from folk and country to Latin and jazz. Her songs often feature picturesque characters. Click on Isabella’s name for more information.

Ron Goad has drummed since 1961 and appears on over 75 albums. A retired teacher, he enjoys producing music shows and helping musicians to improve professionally. Ron has served on the boards of several nonprofits and has won WAMA’s “Most Supportive of Washington Music” WAMMIE six times.

Guest Poet

Pia at VSC Studio-page-001Pia Taavila-Borsheim, Ph.D., is a resident of Fredericksburg, VA and a professor of English at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Moon on the Meadow and Two Winters are her published poetry collections while new poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Gargoyle, The Southern Review, Threepenny Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Broadkill Review, Southern Humanities Review, 32 Poems and Tar River Poetry, among others.

 

Publishers in Attendance

The Northern Virginia Review presents outstanding original fiction, poetry, essays, fine art and photography from the Mid-Atlantic region and the faculty, staff, and alumni of Northern Virginia Community College. It is published in a handsome print edition each March. The submission period for the 2016 edition ends October 16. For more information and submittal guidelines visit: http://blogs.nvcc.edu/tnvr/

Piedmont Journal of Poetry and Fiction welcomes original poetry and fiction of all types and genre. The website offers monthly poetry and fiction contests, a quarterly print journal and an annual print journal. PJPF showcases emerging and established authors of poetry and fiction. It is a venue for new first publication and offers established authors a fresh channel to reach a new audience of readers.

Poetica Magazine publishes poetry, prose, and short stories centered on the Jewish and universal spiritual experience. Works submitted by all writers are considered. Submissions for the next edition end December 31. For more information and submittal guidelines visit: http://www.poeticamagazine.com/


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Sponsors

Media Sponsors

The Northern Virginia Review
Event attendees will receive a copy of The Northern Virginia Review

Prince William Today

Southern Writers Magazine
Event attendees will receive one free online issue of Southern Writers Magazine
UPDATE:
Southern Writers Magazine One-Year Online Subscription Winners were:  John Dutton, Manassas; Stan Galloway, Mount Sidney, VA; Beth Huddleston, Winchester, VA; Dianne King, Vienna, VA; and Kathy Smaltz, Nokesville,VA.

 

Organizational and Business Sponsors

All Things Writing

BJ’s – Woodbridge, VA

Clearbrook Foundation

Five Guys

Giant Food — Hedges Run, Woodbridge, VA

GLIDDEN® Paints

Grounds Central Station

Lost Corner Farm, Leesburg, VA

Mom’s Apple Pie Bakery, Occoquan, VA

The New School

Northern Virginia Community College

NOVEC

Prince William County Arts Council

Prospero’s Books

Stone House Quilters’ Guild

Wegmans – Prince William County

Individual Sponsors

Cindy Brookshire, Pine Level, NC

Belinda Miller, Manassas, VA

Jeanette Minnick, Loveland, CO

Pamela Sackett, Gainesville, VA

Nancy Schleh, Manassas, VA

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