In 1963, Virginia established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Henry Hart, who was appointed to a two-year term in 2018. Hart is the author of several books of poetry and criticism, including Background Radition (Salt, 2007).

In 2016, Katherine E. Young was named poet laureate of Arlington County, Virginia. Young will serve a two-year term.

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May 04 2019
A celebration of Lynn Martin's Shiver
Join us for a celebration of Nelson County poet Lynn Martin’s posthumous collection of poems, Shiver.
As giovanni singleton urged, "Get on board with this moaning, murmurous, hullabalooing wild poetry of place." Shiver is being released posthumously by Tender Buttons Press, a New York City press dedicated to publishing the best in experimental women’s writing. Shiver by fellow artists and friends will be followed by a reception. CDs featuring Martin performing her work with backup musicians will be available exclusively at the event, free with book purchase.
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Poetry in Virginia
Tim Seibles
Virginia poet laureate

Tim Seibles

Tim Seibles is the author of Fast Animal (Estruscan Press, 2012), a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award.


I’m older than my father when he turned
bright gold and left his body with its used-up liver
in the Faulkner Hospital, Jamaica Plain.  I don’t 
believe in the afterlife, don’t know where he is 
now his flesh has finished rotting from his long 
bones in the Jewish Cemetery—he could be the only 
convert under
Just past dusk I passed Christiansburg,
cluster of lights sharpening
as the violet backdrop of the Blue Ridge
darkened. Not stars
but blue-black mountains rose
before me, rose like sleep
after hours of driving, hundreds of miles
blurred behind me. My eyelids
were so heavy but I could see
far ahead a summer

America, Every explorer names his island Formosa, beautiful
For being first, he alone, Walker Percy tells us, has access to it
and can see it for what it is. And doesn’tevery child call
its imagined pony by its secret name? A word to summon a large