Poetry in Fairfax County
ArtsFairfax is selecting the next Fairfax Poet Laureate. This position is a high honor and an opportunity for a Fairfax County poet to actively engage the community in poetry. Visit the link below to learn more!
- June 15, 2022 at noon Application opens and Information Session (Zoom)
- July 30, 2022 Application Deadline
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
Fairfax Poet Laureate Nicole Tong is available for readings, workshops, and other events.
The Fairfax County Poet Laureate award is both a high honor and an opportunity to develop a community outreach program to showcase poetry and the literary arts.
As the inaugural Fairfax County Poet Laureate, Nicole Tong created Poetry Lives Here to enliven local interest in contemporary poetry. She amplified living poets on Twitter @PoetryLivesHere, created digital content in celebration of National Poetry Month, and partnered with George Mason University MFA poetry students to conduct a residency at the County’s Juvenile Detention Center. Together, these initiatives have raised Fairfax community awareness of living American poets and how they reflect the diversity of voices and cultures in this nation.
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.