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“Poetry Lives Here” celebrates and amplifies the voices of living poets. Originally created by the inaugural Fairfax Poet Laureate, Nicole Tong, the project invited community members to share the works of living poets via video every April, which is celebrated as National Poetry Month in the U.S.

Today, the current Fairfax Poet Laureate, Danielle Badra, continues this legacy with “Poetry in the Parks.”


07jun(jun 7)3:00 am21(jun 21)8:00 amSwimmingSWIMMING explores the deep and essential connections we have to water as our world faces increased flooding and rising sea levels due to climate change. Participants in DC and Bangladesh join workshops to co-create poetry and art inspired by the healing properties of water and swimming and by inequities in access. SWIMMING will feature an outdoor “pool” of art-embellished saris, along with a soundscape, performances, film screenings, and poetry. The project is part of the ongoing climate justice collaboration Storytelling with Saris.3:00 am - 8:00 am (21) Marie Reed Plaza, 2201 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009Event Type :Art,Exhibition,Film & Media,Music

Living Poets

Learn more about living poets in our community.

Maggie Smith & Victoria Chang in Conversation
Fall for the Book presents Award-winning poets Maggie Smith and Victoria Chang in a discussion of the objects of everyday life and family history. Fairfax Poet Laureate Nicole Tong moderates a dis...
Steven Leyva
Steven Leyva
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 chapb...
Kimiko Hahn
Kimiko Hahn
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...
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Angie Mazakis
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. H...
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Donna Vorreyer
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)...