National Poetry Month 2022

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April is National Poetry Month, and Fairfax County is celebrating in some style. ArtsFairfax has joined forces with 2020-22 Fairfax Poet Laureate Nicole Tong and her project Poetry Lives Here to put on a month-long homage to contemporary poetry.

Throughout April, over 20 members of the local community will step forward to share the words that most inspire them. Some participants are poets themselves and will read from their own work. Others will read the words of writers they admire. Together, this mix of professional poets and passionate amateurs will help the entire county enjoy the power of verse and the beauty of language.

Spoken poetry is an interactive experience, and the listener plays just as large a role as the reader. As you enjoy the poetry on offer, be sure to follow along on social media and let Nicole Tong, Poetry Lives Here, and ArtsFairfax know what you think. The world of art becomes a whole lot richer when the audience gets involved.

About ArtsFairfax National Poetry Month 

(County Magazine, Channel 16, May 2022) 

April 2022

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    Bryan Hill - Fairfax County Executive Reads “Crossing” By Jericho Brown
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    Luisa A. Igloria - Poet Laureate of Virginia Reads “Creed for the Drowned” By Luisa A. Igloria
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    Rick Davis - Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University Reads “Emily Dickinson at the Poetry Slam” By Dan Vera
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    Roseanne A. Brown - NY Times Best-Selling Author Reads “There are No Unsacred Spaces” By Cynthia Manick
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    Sarah Scalet - Arts in Education Fellow Reads “The Best of It” By Kay Ryan
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    K. Lee - Dentist Reads “The Edges of Time” By Kay Ryan
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    Allen Lynch - National Museum of the United States Army Reads “A Hero's Welcome” By Robert Longley
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    Jessica Finley - Educator Reads “Night Bloom” By Crystal Williams
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    Andrew Savoia - Cellist Reads “Round 3” By Eloisa Amezcua
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    Jamika L. Helem - Counselor at Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center Reads “We Host These Variables” By Jasmine Mans
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    Jessica Wallach - Photographer and Educator Reads “This is About a Body” By Laureen Summers
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    KaNikki Jakarta - City of Alexandria Poet Laureate Reads “Posed and Poised” By KaNikki Jakarta
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    Rita Feinstein - Writopia Lab D.C. Regional Manager Reads “The Lushness of It” By Mary Szybist
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    Sushmita Mazumdar - Artist, Educator, VCA Commissioner Reads “Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem” By Matthew Olzmann
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    Danielle Badra - Poet and Fairfax County Government staff Reads “The Phillips Collection” By Danielle Badra
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    Manuela Quintero Fehr - ArtsFairfax Digital Media and Outreach Manager Reads “Mambo” By Jaime Manrique
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    Jessica Rapisarda - Woodlawn-Pope Leighey Fellow, NOVACC Professor, Poet Reads “Maker” By Jessica Rapisarda
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    Trini Rogando - 2022 ArtsFairfax Scholarship Winner, Scholastic Writing Gold Key Awardee Reads “First Gen Poet as Percussion Rehearsal” By Trini Rogando
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    Linda Sullivan - ArtsFairfax President & CEO Reads “Two Hands” By Kim Roberts
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    Shelly Hazel - ArtsFairfax Board of Directors Chair Reads “Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire” By Sarah Kay
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    Nicole Tong - Fairfax Poet Laureate Reads “Theory for the Living” By Nicole Tong
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The Fairfax County Poet Laureate Program is designed to raise the visibility of poetry through the leadership of a local poet. Visit ArtsFairfax/Poetry for more information.