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In the Company of Laureates: Oct 11 "Poets Laureate Day" Prince William County

  • 10/11/2015
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110

Prince William County Announces OCTOBER 11 is "Poets Laureate Day: U.S. Secretary of Education Sends Greetings

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart proclaimed October 11 "Poets Laureate Day" in recognition of  the In the Company of Laureates event on October 11 at the Hylton Center in Manassas,Virginia. In the proclamation, Supervisor Stewart extends a "warm welcome to the celebrated community of writers who will visit Prince William County"to participate in and attend In the Company of Laureates.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has sent a letter of greeting to the gathering, which will be read from the stage at the opening of the event. In it, Secretary Duncan expresses his support for "a well-rounded curriculum that includes the arts." Virginia teachers will receive 5 re-certification points for attending the event.

A dozen plus creative writing students from Woodbridge Senior High School's Center for the  Fine and Performing Arts have joined the cast of characters, each assuming the persona of his or her favorite United States or state Poet Laureate. The students will be roaming throughout the Hylton Center, stopping to share a fact or favorite poem.

In the Company of Laureates is co-hosted by the Poetry Society of Virginia and Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. 

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.


The event website has been updated to include an abbreviated "Schedule of Events" for your convenience: 


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The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located at George Mason University's Science and Technology Campus, off the 234 bypass in Manassas. The address of the campus is 10900 University Blvd., Manassas, VA 20110.

Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110 (GPS Coordinates for the Hylton Center: 77° 31'27"W, 38° 45'33"N (decimal equivalent: -77.5244108 , 38.7593764)

From I-66 west, take Exit 44 (2nd exit at Manassas), which is 234 South Bypass (Prince William Parkway). Turn left onto University Blvd; take the first left onto Cannon Creek Road, then left to get to the Hylton Center parking lot.

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