contact: cforonda@carolynforonda.com

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XV Poetry Marathon

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda is Virginia's current Poet Laureate. She is also a painter, sculptor and educator. She holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she received the first doctorate presented by the school. She has published four books of poetry, Contrary Visions, Gathering Light, Death Comes Riding, Greatest Hits, and is the co-editor of the anthologies, In a Certain Place and Four Virginia Poets Laureate.

In 1992, for her contributions to American Literature, Governor Douglas L. Wilder named Carolyn a Virginia Cultural Laureate and on June 2006, Governor Timothy M. Kaine named her Poet Laureate of Virginia. As evidenced below, her work has earned widespread recognition across the Commonwealth and beyond:

  • three Artist-in-Education grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts

  • an Arts-on-the Road grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts

  • three Pushcart Prize nominations

  • an Edgar Allan Poe First Place poetry award

  • First Place poetry award, Art & Writing Collaborative, Chesapeake Bay Branch of the National League of American Pen Women

  • the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Hodgson Award in English

  • a VERA Award for her doctoral dissertation

  • an Outstanding Scholarship and Service award from George Mason University.

Her poems and writings appear widely in such magazines, journals, and anthologies as Nimrod International Journal, The Ledge, Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, Hispanic Culture Review, Poet Lore, Mid-American Review, Antioch Review, The Journal of Teaching Writing and The Writing Center Journal.

Her paintings have been exhibited throughout Virginia in schools, libraries, nursing and retirement homes, universities, and at public and private art galleries. Reproductions of her paintings and sculpture appear on the covers and pages of her books.

Currently, she lives in Hardyville, Virginia, with her husband, Patricio.

Website:   www.carolynforonda.com

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey W. Allison