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Poet Laureate of Virginia, (2012-2014)
Past Poets Laureate of Virginia
Four Poets Laureate of Virginia: A Teaching Guide Book
PSV Guidelines and Procedures for Poet Laureate Nominations
Sofia M. Starnes
Sofia M. Starnes is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Fully Into Ashes (Wings Press) and Love and the Afterlife (by invitation, Franciscan U. Press). She also has just completed an anthology, Four Virginia Poets Laureate (2004-2012): An Anthology and Reader's Guide, compiled at the request of the Poetry Society of Virginia and forthcoming from Cedar Creek Press. In addition to a Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, she has received numerous awards for her work, including the Aldrich Poetry Prize, the Transcontinental Poetry Editor’s Prize, the Whitebird Poetry Series Prize, the Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry Prize, and the Virginia Writers Club Superior Achievement Award in Poetry. In 2009, she was designated a Distinguished Scholar by Union College (KY). She is listed in Who's Who in America; Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women. Sofia serves as Poetry Editor of the Anglican Theological Review and mentors other writers through her professional editing service, Creative Writing Critiques. In 2012, she was appointed Poet Laureate of Virginia by Governor McDonnell.
For more information and reviews of Starnes's poetry, please visit
www.sofiamstarnes.com, which includes a link,
under Poetry Selections, to an audiovisual presentation
of the author reading her work.
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Title: Four Virginia Poets Laureate: A Teaching Guide
Editors: Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and Edward W. Lull
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The president of the Poetry Society of Virginia will appoint a committee to make recommendations and to assist him/her in the task of preparing nominations for the governor. The committee will be appointed a year before the nomination is required.
The committee will consist of at least three members, including the chairman. Following approved criteria, committee members will invite, in writing, suggestions from three to six persons outside the society who are in positions to make knowledgeable recommendations, and whose opinions would be generally respected. One of these persons will be the executive director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
The following criteria will be observed in making recommendations of laureate candidates:
The poet must be a resident of
At the February Executive Committee meeting of the Poetry Society, the laureate committee, based on its own considerations and those of persons outside the society who have responded, will propose three to six names to the executive committee. All members of the executive committee will have the opportunity to propose names. Then the executive committee will vote to select six names to be placed before the membership in the March newsletter. On the newsletter ballot there will be a space for write-in votes. Members will be given a deadline of April 1 to get their ballots in to the committee.
The president of the society will recommend the three to six names receiving the most votes in a letter to the governor, in the order of preference. Before the letter is drafted the society will check with the poets regarding their willingness to serve if appointed and to request a biographical note and samples of their work to attach to the letter.