An afternoon with the Delaware Poets Laureate set April 23

Registration is encouraged
April 1, 2016

Sussex Academy and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware have announced an afternoon with the Delaware Poets Laureate. This free event, open to the public, will be held at Sussex Academy, 21150 Airport Road, Georgetown Saturday, April 23. The doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 1 p.m.

Identical twin brothers Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha share the title of 17th Poets Laureate of Delaware. According to the Library of Congress, this appointment marks the first time in history that Delaware will have co-laureates, and the first time in the U.S. state poets laureate that such a position will be shared by siblings.

The brothers, both veterans, vegetarians, and fathers, who have appeared on the HBO series "Def Poetry," recently launched a community-based mentoring program call Art for Life Delaware. They want to take their work throughout the state and provide the experience of spoken-word performances. Their live performances are unique presentations of their written words. Onstage, their voices will mesh - one will start a line and the other will finish the thought. The audience will be entertained not only with their poetry and stories, but also their witty asides.

The event is family friendly and is appropriate for all ages. Light refreshments will be available before the program, which is scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m. While registration is not required, it is encouraged; go to

Delaware Poets Laureate events and activities are promoted and coordinated by the Delaware Division of the Arts. The poets laureate is an honorary position appointed by, and serving at the pleasure of, the governor. For more information, visit

Featuring a wide variety of learning opportunities for adults 50 and over, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Lewes and Ocean View offers 10-week semesters in fall and spring, and a four-week June session every year. Classes are held at the Fred Thomas Building, 520 DuPont Ave. in Lewes and the Ocean View Town Hall and Community Center in Ocean View.

For more information, call 302-645-4111 or go to The University of Delaware also sponsors Osher Lifelong Learning programs in Dover and Wilmington.

Sussex Academy, a public charter, tuition-free school, centrally located in Georgetown, currently serves grades 6-11. Grade 12 will be added in fall 2016. For more information about the school contact Gina Derrickson at 302-856-3636 or


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