Fairfax Poet Laureate
Fairfax Poet Laureate 2020-2022
Being named the inaugural Fairfax Poet Laureate offers me an extraordinary opportunity to share poetry, which I love, write and teach, with my community”. “At the end of my tenure, I will have done my work if county residents understand that poetry and poets are alive in the here and now; they are not just documented in canonical books. I look forward to sharing my work and the voices of other living poets, which reflect the diverse lived experiences of all of us.” – Nicole Tong
The Fairfax County Poet Laureate award is both a high honor and a community outreach program to showcase poetry and the literary arts. The 2020-2021 Fairfax Poet Laureate Nicole Tong is an award-winning poet and professor of English at the Northern Virginia College and has been honored with fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and George Mason University where she received a Master of Fine Arts. In 2016, Tong served as an inaugural Writer-in-Residence at Pope Leighey House, a Frank Lloyd Wright Property. Her writing has appeared in American Book Review, CALY, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Cortland Review, Yalobusha Review, and others. The Washington Writers’ Publishing House selected Tong’s first collection of poems How to Prove a Theory for its 2017 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize winner.
Nicole is engaging the Fairfax community on living poets through readings, workshops, and participation in the George Mason University’s Fall for the Book. Her service project amplifies living poets and poetry through Twitter at @PoetryLivesHere.