More about PAL’s Call for Poetry

Earlier this year, Performing Arts Luray issued a call for poetry. Poems by Arya Balian, Joy Lorien, and Marina Stevenson were selected for virtual readings. Madison McKenzie and Aubrey Nesbitt received honorable mention. 

The judges all hail from Page County:

  • Britnie Fitzwater was born and raised in Page County. She earned her  B.S. in Education from Eastern Mennonite College (now University) and lives with her husband, David, and son, Brendan, who is a senior at Luray High School. Her daughter, Alyssa, is a graduate student at Radford University.
  • Audre King is a native of Luray, Virginia.  Audre is the founder and pastor of “The ER” Church (Eternal Restoration Church of God in Christ), founder and executive director of Living Legacy (a local community nonprofit organization), founder and visionary of the W Luray Recreation Center, and a marketing representative for Washington Gas, in Springfield, Virginia. Audre graduated from Luray High School in 2006, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Business Marketing from Ferrum College (2010).

  • Layne Vickers is a resident of Page County and has graced the Performing Arts Luray stage on numerous occasions. She is a teacher in Rappahannock County and admits she “thoroughly enjoyed” being part of the poetry panel. 
  • Alex White is a lifelong resident of Page County (20 years) who was educated in the Page County Public School System and is currently studying at Harvard University. Alex also serves on the Page County Economic Development Authority and runs his own nonprofit dedicated to helping rural students.