Today is my official last day as 20th Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020-22).
It’s truly been an honor, privilege, and joy to serve in this capacity, and I have so many of you to thank for your unstinting and generous support.
I have a few more projects that I started during my term, that I’ll continue to see through to completion… because we need poetry now more than ever, and poetry is 4Evah amirite?
Again, thank you/mil gracias/salamat/agyamanac unay—
especially to my family, friends and students.
The Poetry Society of Virginia
The Academy of American Poets
The MFA Creative Writing Program at ODU
ODU College of Arts & Letters
Old Dominion University Libraries
The Muse Writers Center
Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)
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