In 2012, Sofia M. Starnes was appointed Poet Laureate of Virginia by Governor McDonnell. Starnes is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Fully Into Ashes and Love and the Afterlife. 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.

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