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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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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)...