Friends, please mark your calendars for the inaugural program in a Poetry & Conversation Series spotlighting Virginia poets, which I am hosting in my capacity as Poet Laureate of Virginia (2020-22).
At my swearing-in ceremony in late July, I'd mentioned my interest in programs/projects/collaborations that might contribute to a greater public awareness of the wealth and diversity of poetry/poets in Virginia. Surely, I said to myself, there are more poets here than there are listed, for instance, on this Wikipedia page. Surely, there are poets who are right in our communities, who we may (also? or only?) know as nurses or firefighters, elementary school teachers, runners, plumbers, or undertakers...
I'm excited to begin with this program at 6:00 PM EST on Saturday, 24 October - featuring 4 amazing poets: Latorial Faison, Kindra McDonald, Dr. Irène Mathieu, and Kiki Petrosino, (Joining links will be posted closer to the program date.)
(If you would like to recommend poets for potential inclusion in this series, please fill out the contact form here on my website.)
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