Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda


Author's Bio

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda served as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2006-2008. She holds a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and a M.Ed., M.A. and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she received the university’s first doctorate and an Outstanding Academic Achievement and Service Award. In 2007 both universities gave her the Alumna of the Year Award. She has co-edited three anthologies and published seven books of poetry, including The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, winner of the 2014 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award. Her poems have been nominated for six Pushcart Prizes and appear in numerous magazines, including Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Best of Literary Journals, Poet Lore and An Endless Skyway, an anthology of poems by U.S. State Poets Laureate. An accomplished visual artist, she teaches art-inspired poetry workshops for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Publications and Prizes

Contrary Visions
(Scripta Humanistica, 1988)
, Death Comes Riding
(SCOP Publishing, 1999)
, Gathering Light
(SCOP Publishing, 1993)
, Greatest Hits
(Pudding House Publications, 2001)
, In a Certain Place
(SCOP Publishing, 2000)
, River Country
(San Francisco Bay Press, 2008)
, Seasons of Sharing: A Kasen Renku Collaboration
(Leapfrog Press, 2014)
, The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo
(San Francisco Bay Press, 2013)
, Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets
(San Francisco Bay Press, 2014)
Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
(Aesthetica Magazine Ltd., 2016)
, After Shocks
(Sante Lucia Books, 2008)
, Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry
(Monitor Book Company, 1985)
, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust
(Time Being Books, 2007)
, Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller's Cabin, 1984-2001
(The Word Works, 2003)
, Poetic Voices Without Borders 2
(Gival Press, 2009)
, The Sound of Poets Cooking
(Jacar Press, 2010)
, Thirty Three Anniversary Anthology
(Negative Capability Press, 2018)
, Weatherings
(FutureCycle Press, 2015)
Antietam Review, Antioch Review, Autumn Sky Poetry, California State Poetry Quarterly, Comstock Review, Crosswinds, Dominion Review, English Journal, Hispanic Culture Review, Mid-American Review, Negative Capability, Nimrod, Passages North, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, SLAB, South Florida Poetry Review, A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Fourth River, The Ledge, The Other Side, The Pen Woman, Visions International, Welter
Prizes Won: 
Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award; Ellen Anderson Award; Special Merit award, Comstock Review; Distinguished Alumna of the Year Awards, George Mason University and University of Mary Washington; Resolution of Appreciation for Sustained Leadership and Devotion to Promoting the Writing and Reading of Poetry,Virginia Board of Education); First Place Award in Poetry Competition, National League of American Pen Women, Chesapeake Bay Branch; Neuman Award and Terrell Award, NLAPW; Hodgson Award for Excellence in Teaching English, Fairfax Co. School Board; Rotary Meritorious Educator of the Year Award; National Scholastic Teacher Portfolio Award, (one of 5 recipients in USA); Recognition, Outstanding Educator, National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards; Recognition, Outstanding Educator, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts; Edgar Allan Poe First Place poetry award; Virginia Cultural Laureate Award in American Literature; Fellowship, Independent Study in the Humanities (The Poetry of Pablo Neruda), Council for Basic Education; Jenny McKean Moore Grant, poetry, George Washington University; Arts-on-the-Road grant recipient, Virginia Commission for the Arts; 3 Artist-in-Education Study Grants, Virginia Commission for the Arts; Poetry contest winner, Passages North competition; First-place poetry award, Spree national poetry contest; multiple Phoebe poetry awards; and others

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Last updated: Jul 10, 2016