Poet Laureate

Kim was crowned Prince William County Poet Laureate on Oct. 24, 2020 by the Prince William County Arts Council.
Kim is the First African American Prince William County Poet Laureate.

Kim is Poet Laureate: Oct. 2020 – Oct. 2022.

November 2020

Publications-Nov 2020
  • Prince William Living:
Performances – Nov 2020

Kim performed poetry at a residence in Dumfries, VA, (Masks, outdoor space and social distancing were used).

Activities – Nov 2020

Kim judged an online poetry contest called: Off the Wall High School Exhibit/Competition for Art Factory.

December 2020

Publications-Dec 2020
  • One of Kim’s poems was published in The Virginia Black Business Directory, Holiday Gift Guide which available in print and online. Her poem titled Celebrate is on page 19. This beautiful guide has so many great holiday deals so pick one up. It is free.
Performances – Dec 2020
  • Kim performed poetry online. The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted The Red Carpet Showcase for Emerging Artist and Authors with over 100 people in attendance. Here is a picture of the authors and the sorority sisters who hosted: Ms. Davis and presented: Ms. Adams. The President of this Chapter is Ms. Andrews.
  • Kim performed poetry at a residence in Dumfries, VA, (Masks, outdoor space and social distancing were used).
  • A video Kim recorded was included in a program called a December to Remember by Woman Of Wealth. The program was on Facebook Live via Zoom. Here is the video:
Activities Dec 2020
  • Kim performed poetry and had a Q & A session online for two 6th grade classes in Manassas Park City Schools.
  • Kim performed poetry and facilitated a class online for a group of 6th and 7th graders (DC public charter school).
  • Kim had her inaugural monthly poetry event online. Kim had a poetry reading and a Q & A on Facebook Live via Zoom. (FB page @pwcpoetlaureate2020) This monthly event is called Poetry Escaped. She answered questions and performed poetry.
  • Kim performed poetry, spoke her truth and talked about her book online on Zoom and Facebook Live for Triumph The Church of the New Age – International (FB page @TriumphChurchInternational )

January 2021

Publications-Jan 2021

Kim’s poem called The Hunger Dialect was published online at the Poetry X Hunger website. There is audio of the poem too. Click here: https://www.poetryxhunger.com/create/poem-by-kim-b-miller

Performances – Jan 2021
  • Kim recited her poem called Temple from Falling Leaves (Interfaith Poetry Anthology) online via Zoom. It was hosted by All Souls Church.
  • Kim recited poetry on Zoom to celebrate the healing power of poetry and to raise funds for the Covenant House. Kiana and Kelly were the awesome hosts.
Activities – Jan 2021
  • Kim created a bold video of a poem and it was the opening performance of an event for Northern Virginia Community College. The event was called NOVA SERVES: Virtually: MLK DAY of Service. Kim also co-facilitated one of the break out rooms which was a Family Writers’ Workshop.
  • Kim read poetry and was interviewed online at What’s the Word by BLPS Network. This family friendly show is hosted by Queen T with co-host SoSo Dolo. This show was on Facebook Live via Zoom.
  • Kim had her monthly poetry event online centered on her MLK poems.

February 2021

Publications – Feb 2021

One of Kim’s poems was published in the newsletter for Triumph The Church of the New Age – International.

Performances – Feb 2021
  • Kim recited a poem online for the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. They hosted an event for artist Rene Dickerson.
  • Kim performed poetry online for Idris O’Connor’s program on Black History and his candidacy. There will also be a segment on getting to know the candidate.
  • Kim created a dramatization of a poem for Black History Month. The video was part of an event for The Town of Dumfries.
  • Kim performed poetry online during an international open mic for CAP. Community Arts Partnership (CAP) is one of the leading advocates for community arts in Northern Ireland.
Activities – Feb 2021
  • Kim recited poetry and she was interviewed online by 2 students and an administrator of Graham Park Middle School (PWC school) as part of their event: Black History Makers Spotlight for their morning announcements. Here is a snippet.
  • Kim performed poetry and facilitated a workshop for middle school students in DC online (DCPS).
  • At the February General Meeting, Kim was the Special Guest Speaker. She discussed the importance of Black History Month & breaking barriers at the Democratic Women’s Caucus PWC.
  • Kim recited poetry online for Grace Brethren Christian School. She also made up a poem up on the spot, based on the abstract words the students provided. They tried to “stump the poet”. This was for their Black History Drama Class Celebration. (Maryland school)
  • Kim recited poetry and taught haiku, online for Write By The Rails.

Prince William Little Theatre presented a collection of performances in a parody about navigating relationships in the midst of the Covid pandemic in this cabaret-style evening featuring music, theater, and spoken word called: “Relationships In Covid Times.” The production is hosted by Hylton at Home which brings you live streamed performances and releases of previously recorded content. Hylton at Home is a part of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). Kim was honored to be a member of the cast.

  • Kim was interviewed on IG @blackgreekpoets as part of their Poet Laureate Series.
  • Kim hosted, performed poetry and she invited 5 dynamic PWC poets to come speak their truth for Black History Month. You can watch Feb’s Poetry Escaped below:

March 2021

Publications Mar 2021

Kim was featured as PWC Poet Laureate in both anniversary editions of Vision & Purpose magazine. March/April. https://www.vandpmagazine.com

Performances – Mar 2021
  • Kim performed poetry online for Vision & Purpose magazine. It was their one year anniversary.
  • Kim was one of the featured poets for a “Celebration of Women” for Mr. Speaker Ink. This Women’s History Month event was online.
  • Kim performed poetry online for “She Leads”. A financial workshop hosted by Councilwoman Cydny A. Neville.
  • Kim was one of the featured poets online. It was hosted by Prince George’s Poet Laureate: Sistah Joy.
  • Kim performed poetry online during an international open mic for CAP. Community Arts Partnership (CAP) is one of the leading advocates for community arts in Northern Ireland.
Activities – Mar 2021
  • Kim was interviewed and recited poetry on Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio. The fantastic host is Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram.
  • Kim facilitated a free haiku class online.
  • Kim facilitated a workshop: University of California, Berkeley 36th Empowering Womxn of Color Conference.
  • Kim performed poetry for three 10th grade classes for (DCPS). Kim also critiqued students and gave them advice on fine tuning their presentations.
  • Kim hosted, performed poetry and she invited 8 dynamic PWC women poets/artists to express themselves.
  • K[squared]² also performed at Poetry Escaped.
    • K [squared]² is a visual and audio performance duo comprising Kim B Miller (poet) and Kelly Haneklau (anti-racist artist). Kim B Miller performs her original poems, while Kelly Haneklau creates an original painting on the spot to coincide with the spoken word message.
  • Kim performed poetry and mentored students (middle and high school) for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Prince William County Chapter, Inc.
  • Kim was interviewed on Unconventional Leaders. This podcast has a fantastic host: Heather Parady. You can find this interview on most podcast platforms or you can click play below.

6 Month Summary:

This summary contains some of the the things Kim accomplished: Oct 2020-March 2021.

Monthly Online Event

Kim is the host of a monthly online poetry event. The inaugural event took place in December 2020. She has hosted 4 shows which included:

  • Kim reciting poetry
  • MLK tribute using poetry
  • Black History Month poetry event
  • Women’s History Month poetry event

Facilitated Workshops & Classes

  • Kim facilitated a free haiku class online
  • Kim facilitated an online workshop: University of California, Berkeley 36th Empowering Womxn of Color Conference
  • Kim taught a haiku class online for the group “Write By The Rails”  

Featured Poet

  • Kim performed poetry online for The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted “The Red Carpet Showcase” for Emerging Artist and Authors
  • Kim recited poetry on Zoom to celebrate the healing power of poetry and to raise funds for the Covenant House
  • Kim performed poetry online for Idris O’Connor’s program on Black History and his candidacy
  • Kim was one of the featured poets for a “Celebration of Women” for Mr. Speaker Ink. This Women’s History Month event was online
  • Kim performed poetry online forShe Leads. A financial workshop hosted by Councilwoman Cydny A. Neville (Dumfries, VA)
  • Kim was one of the featured poets online. It was hosted by Prince George’s Poet Laureate: Sistah Joy

Speaker

At the February General Meeting, Kim was the Special Guest Speaker to discuss the importance of Black History Month & breaking barriers at the Democratic Women’s Caucus PWC


Productions

Prince William Little Theatre presented a collection of performances in a parody about navigating relationships in the midst of the Covid pandemic. Kim was a member of the cast


Publications: Online & Or In Print  

  • Prince William Living – online and in print
  • InsideNOVA – online and in print
  • Black DMV Magazine – online
  • The Virginia Black Business Directory, Holiday Gift Guide – online and in print
  • Poetry X Hunger Website – online
  • Newsletter for Triumph The Church Of The New Age International- online
  • Vision & Purpose Magazine – online and in print  
  • The Old Bridge Observer – in print

School Programs

  • Kim performed poetry and had a Q & A session online for two 6th grade classes in Manassas Park City Schools
  • Kim performed poetry and facilitated a class online for a group of 6th and 7th graders (DC public charter school)
  • Kim recited poetry and she was interviewed online by 2 students and an administrator of Graham Park Middle School (PWCS)
  • Kim performed poetry and facilitated a workshop for middle school students in DC online (DCPS)
  • Kim recited poetry online for Grace Brethren Christian School. She also made up a poem up on the spot, based on the abstract words the students provided
  • Kim performed poetry for three 10th grade classes for (DCPS). Kim also critiqued students and gave them advice on fine tuning their presentations
  • Kim performed poetry and mentored students (middle and high school) for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Prince William County Chapter, Inc

Church Programs

  • Kim performed poetry and spoke her truth online on Zoom and Facebook Live for Triumph The Church of the New Age – International
  • Kim recited her poem called Temple from Falling Leaves (Interfaith Poetry Anthology) online via Zoom. It was hosted by All Souls Church

Videos

  • A video Kim recorded was included in a program called a December to Remember by “Woman Of Wealth”
  • Kim created a video for Arlington County’s 52nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
  • Kim created a dramatic video of a poem and it was the opening performance of an event for Northern Virginia Community College. The event was called NOVA SERVES: Virtually: MLK DAY of Service
    • This video was also used in The Black History Month event for The Town of Dumfries

Podcasts or Interviews

  • Kim read poetry and was interviewed online at What’s the Word by BLPS Network
  • Kim was interviewed on IG @blackgreekpoets as part of their Poet Laureate Series
  • Kim was interviewed and recited poetry on Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio
  • Kim was interviewed on Unconventional Leaders Podcast

Social Media & Website Pages

3 new accounts were initiated for Instagram, Twitter and Linked In. Facebook was rebranded.

  • Instagram: @pwcpoetlaureate2020
  • Facebook: @pwcpoetlaureate2020
  • Twitter: @pwcpoetlaur2020
  • Linked In @iamkimbmiller
  • Page added: http://www.kimbmiller.com/poet-laureate

The preceding summary contains some of the the things Kim accomplished: Oct 2020-March 2021.

End of 6 Month Summary

April 2021

Publications – Apr 2021

Kim was grateful to be featured on page 10 of Prince William Living (April Issue).

Performances – Apr 2021
  • Central Rappahannock Regional Library had a celebration of poetry. Inklings Writers Group and poets from our region recited their words.
  • Kim was one of the featured Poet Laureates for Day Eight’s open mic/poetry reading. If you live in DC, register to compete during the open mic or just register to listen. Kim is one of the featured Poet Laureates. Free event.
  • Kim was one of the featured poets at Tuesday’s Verses (outdoors) in Richmond, VA
  • Kim was the featured poet online at an event for Walker Memorial Baptist Church, DC.
Activities – Apr 2021
  • In April, on several dates, Kim performed poetry, had Q & A sessions and created poetry on the spot for several hundred 6th, 7th and 8th graders (PWCS students).
  • In April, on several dates, Kim performed poetry and had Q & A sessions for over a hundred 6th graders (DCPS students).
  • Kim gave a presentation,, recited poetry and had a Q & A for the Life Long Learning Institute of Manassas
  • The Hylton Performing Arts Center announced a new initiative which showcases artistic talent within the Prince William County cultural community.
    • K [squared]² is one of four ensembles selected and featured as part of Hylton at Home. This is their community arts spotlight filmed at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in the Merchant Hall Theater.
    • K [squared]² is a visual and audio performance duo comprising Kim B Miller (poet) and Kelly Haneklau (anti-racist artist). Kim B Miller performs her original poems, while Kelly Haneklau creates an original painting on the spot to coincide with the spoken word message.
    • You can watch the replay below:
Merchant Hall Theater- picture credit: Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • Prince William Poet Laureate Circle members read their poems, online on Facebook Live via Zoom during Poetry Escaped. (Kim’s monthly online poetry event.)
  • On National Haiku Day (April 17th) Kim was interviewed by the phenomenal host/author Carylee on Instagram Live.
  • Kim shared her journey as an author and characteristics of her writing life as well as answer questions from the audience. Joy O’Toole and Central Rappahannock Regional Library have a great interactive online program. FYI. Central Rappahannock Regional Library serves Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, Virginia. You can view the replay on Facebook: https://fb.watch/5b39hHIy2D/

May 2021

Publications – May 2021

Poetry X Hunger is very pleased to announce the release of their first-ever collection of poems about hunger.  Intended as an easy-to-use handbook for teachers, lawmakers, policy leaders and community members, this e-book includes 31 haunting poems by poets from around the world about the all-too-present scourge of hunger.  The collection was co-edited by Hiram Larew and Aaron Whitehead aka Aaron R.FREELY AVAILABLE – The handbook is free and is also available at https://www.poetryxhunger.com/ Kim’s poem was included in this anthology.

Performances – May 2021
  • Kim performed poetry online during an international open mic for CAP. Community Arts Partnership (CAP) is one of the leading advocates for community arts in Northern Ireland.
  • Kim performed poetry online at International Friends OPMN. This open mic originates out of London, UK for Friends of St Paul Library.
Activities – May 2021
  • Kim performed poetry, facilitated a haiku workshop and had a Q & A for The DC Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.
  • Join Kim as she discusses “Writing Imagery” on Connie’s podcast called: Book Echoes Podcast..
    • Click the picture below.
Picture credit: Book Echoes
  • Kim was on a podcast that premiered this month called Coffee Talk with the phenomenal poet/host Sasha Perelman.
  • Kim presented an educational session at the Empowering Excellence: STEM, Advocacy, Leadership & Wellness Conferences. The Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) is the group that planned this event. EOA is made up of TRIO and educational opportunity programs from across ten states in the Midwest, however; they have colleges and universities that attended this event from all across the country including: NJ, KY, TN, TX, OH, MI, IL, IN, MN, and WI. 

June 2021

Publications-Jun 2021

Release of a First-Ever Collection of Hunger-Focused Poems

Poetry X Hunger is pleased to announce the release of “Poets Speak Back to Hunger: An e-Collection of Poems from Around the World.”  Take a look!  The 30+ poems and recordings in this new, easy-to-use e-book are freely available for you to reprint, recite and showcase. One of Kim’s poems was included in this anthology.

https://www.poetryxhunger.com/

Performances -June 2021

Kim was the “spotlight poet” at The Warrior Love Open Mic Night, A diverse celebration of voice and brave healing.

  • The Poetry Society of Virginia had a Summer reading, introducing new poetry collections & chapbooks published by Northern Region PSV Members. Kim was one of the poets who recited her poetry.
  • On Juneteenth Kim will be the featured poet online for Bethel AME Church.
Activities – June 2021
  • Kim is so honored to be a commencement speaker for Bard High School’s Early College D.C. This is their inaugural commencement ceremony.
  • Kim will be marching in the inaugural Dumfries Juneteenth parade.
  • Kim created a visual poem on Juneteenth for Northern Virginia Community College (Woodbridge Campus)

Poetry & Produce at Creative Suitland

  • Starting, Sunday, June 6, 2021
  • 12:00 PM  4:00 PM EST
  • Where: Creative Suitland, 4719 Silver Hill Road, Suitland-Silver Hill, MD, 20746
  • Join Kim here. Kim is the “Poet Specialist” for this great event.