Virginia’s Poet Laureate Visits Campus Today

Posted: February 28, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
Photo courtesy Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

The English Department and the Northern Virginia Writing Project host Virginia’s poet laureate and Mason alumna Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, MEd ’73, MA ’79, DAEd ’83, today for a discussion and reading in Student Union Building I, Rooms A-C, at 7:30 p.m.

Kreiter-Foronda will talk about what it means to be the commonwealth’s lead poet and read from her work. Prior to her presentation, there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m.

Gov. Timothy Kaine appointed Kreiter-Foronda to the post of Virginia poet laureate last June. Over the course of her career as an educator and a poet, Kreiter-Foronda spent 31 years working with Fairfax County Public Schools. She taught at West Springfield High School while taking courses at Mason part time.

After finishing two master’s degrees, one in education, the other in English, she enrolled in Mason’s first doctoral program, a doctor of arts in education, and was awarded the first doctoral degree given by the university in 1983.

During her time studying at Mason, Kreiter-Foronda also attended the Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP), working with its founders Chris Thaiss and Don Gallehr. She says she owes her abilities as a writing instructor to time spent with NVWP.

She has published four books of poetry, “Contrary Vision,” “Gathering Light,” “Death Comes Riding,” and “Greatest Hits,” and her work has appeared widely in magazines and journals, including Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, and Antioch Review.

She also sculpts and paints, combining her love of poetry with the visual arts by conducting art-inspired writing workshops for teachers and the general public in such venues as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

She recently retired to a home on the water in Middlesex County with her husband, Patricio.

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