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Delaware Division of the Arts Announces Upcoming Events Featuring the Delaware Poets Laureate

Date Posted: Monday, August 15th, 2016
Categories:  Department of State Kent County New Castle County News Sussex County The Arts

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THE DELAWARE DIVISION OF THE ARTS ANNOUNCES UPCOMING EVENTS FEATURING THE DELAWARE POETS LAUREATE

Delaware Poets Laureate

The Delaware Division of the Arts announces six upcoming public events featuring the Delaware Poets Laureate, also known as the Twin Poets. Appointed in December 2015 as the 17th Poets Laureate of Delaware, identical twins Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha are social workers, award-winning spoken word poets, and community activists. The appointment marks the first time in the history of the position that it will have co-laureates, and the first time in history of the U.S. state poets laureate that such a position will be shared by siblings.

Please see upcoming events for August and October below. For more details, visit our website at http://artsdel.org/poetlaureate/. Hi-res headshot available by request.


AUGUST

WHAT: PawPaw Folk Festival

WHERE: Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park, 1914 West Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803

WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

MORE INFO: Free with park admission

Event has been cancelled.

WHAT: Teen Open Mic & Poetry Slam

WHERE: Bear Library, 101 Governor’s Place, Bear, DE 19701

WHEN: Monday, August 22, 2016 from 6–8 p.m.

MORE INFO: Free, sponsored by the Child Placement Review Board

WHAT: TEDxWilmington Annual Conference:: “Two Poets, One Vision: The Art of the Spoken Word”

WHERE: World Café Live at the Queen, 500 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801

WHEN: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

MORE INFO: $100, tickets can be purchased here

OCTOBER

WHAT: Teen Read Week: Poetry Rocks

WHERE: Bear Library, 101 Governor’s Place, Bear, DE 19701

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 6–7 p.m.

MORE INFO: Free; more details to come

WHAT: Listen Up! Workshop

WHERE: The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 1–4 p.m.

MORE INFO: Free, sponsored by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

WHAT: Art Salad hosted by the Delaware Contemporary

WHERE: The Delaware Contemporary, 200 S Madison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 2016 from 12–1 p.m.

MORE INFO: Free


About the Poet Laureate Program
Delaware’s Poet Laureate is an honorary position appointed by, and serving at the pleasure of, the Governor. The Poet Laureate serves as an advocate, educator, and presenter of poetry throughout the state. Activities for this position have included:

  • Promoting the importance of poetry and the literary arts as part of Delaware’s cultural heritage
  • Speaking at such official state functions as the opening of state legislative sessions, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts, conferences, and public ceremonies
  • Presenting readings and poetry discussions in educational settings and community events across the state
  • Developing poetry programming and presentation opportunities in collaboration with the Division of the Arts to support the Division’s program goals

The Delaware Division of the Arts promotes the Poet Laureate’s events and activities and manages the Poet Laureate’s calendar of appearances. The Division also provides a stipend to the Poet Laureate for appearances at nonprofit organizations.

About the Delaware Division of the Arts
The Delaware Division of the Arts is an agency of the State of Delaware. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. Funding for Division programs is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit artsdel.org or call 302-577-8278.

Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing
302-577-8280, leeann.wallett@state.de.us

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The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.


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