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Fairfax Poet Laureate Nicole Tong wants to connect the community with poetry with her project Poetry Lives Here. Poetry expresses feelings, reflects the world around us, and connects our community. Poetry triggers our brain and our emotions and provides us with a space for self-reflection. The Poetry Lives Here project aims to amplify the voices of living poets. Engaging and learning with living poets provides students of all ages with relatable content to analyze and discuss. More importantly, it reminds us that we are creative artists and poetry lives in each of us. Follow Nicole and her living poets project on Twitter @PoetryLivesHere.

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Listen to poetry:

Steven Leyva reads “When I Feel a Whoop Comin’ On” from The Understudy’s Handbook

Jericho Brown (2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) for the Dodge Poetry Festival: Reading “I Am a Virus” from The Tradition

Kimiko Hahn (Fall for the Book 2020 Poet) a Reading for the American Academy of Poets

Joy Harjo (US Poet Laureate) with a reading for the 2020 National Book Festival

Learn more through interviews:

Interview with Louise Gluck (2020 Nobel Prize for Literature)

American Academy of Poets: Poet’s View

Living Poets

Angie Mazakis

Mazakis a former resident of Fairfax County, received an MFA from George Mason University and is a current PhD student at the University of Ohio where she teaches creative writing. Her collection, I Was Waiting to See What You’d Do First, was a finalist for the prestigious Miller Williams prize. Her poems have been published in Best New Poets, The New Republic, and Narrative Magazine to name a few.

Read: I’ll Never Get To Say

Donna Vorreyer

Vorreyer is the author of four books of poetry including To Everything There Is out in October 2020, as well as Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016), and A House of Many Windows.

Donna serves as an associate editor for Rhino Poetry, and her poetry, fiction, and book reviews have appeared in such journals as Sugar House Review, Diode, Waxwing, Juxtaprose, Poet Lore, Border Crossings, Harpur Palate, and Quarterly West. She has appeared in anthologies such as A Face to Meet the Faces (2013) and New Poetry from the Midwest (2015), and her poems have been nominated for multiple Pushcart and Best of the Net Awards, A retired K-8 school teacher after 36 years of service, Donna is a frequent contributor to the website, Teach Living Poets.

Read: Lessons About Light

Steven Leyva

Steven Leyva’s poems were selected for Best American Poetry 2020 and have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Scalawag, and Nashville Review. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish and author of The Understudy’s Handbook, which won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.

Read Creolite II

Kimiko Hahn

Kimiko Hahn is the author of ten books of poetry including her latest, Foreign Bodies, published by WW Norton this year. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Foreign Bodies (W. W. Norton, 2020) and The Unbearable Heart (1995), which received an American Book Award.

Kimiko’s work often explores desire and death, and the intersections of conflicting identities. She frequently draws on, and even reinvents, classic forms and techniques used by women writers in Japan and China, including the zuihitsu, or pillow book, and nu shu, a nearly extinct script Chinese women used to correspond with one another. Kimiko teaches in the MFA program at Queens College. In 2016, she was elected president of the Poetry Society of America. Learn more about Kimiko and listen to her chat with Fairfax Poet Laureate Nicole Tong at George Mason University’s Fall for the Book.

Read Foreign Body

Read The Ashes

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