ArtsFairfax Celebrates National Poetry Month With 30 Guest Poetry Readers

ArtsFairfax Celebrates National Poetry Month With 30 Guest Poetry Readers

ArtsFairfax Celebrates National Poetry Month With 30 Guest Poetry Readers

Fairfax County, VA – ArtsFairfax and inaugural Fairfax Poet Laureate Nicole Tong invite you to celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff C. McKay kicked off the month by proclaiming April 2021 as Poetry Month in Fairfax County and read a poem written by local student Joon Won Lee. 

ArtsFairfax continues celebrating poetry month each day in April and into May, releasing poems written by contemporary poets and read by 30 local residents as part of Ms. Tong’s community engagement project, Poetry Lives Here.   

National Poetry Month, which takes place each April, is a celebration to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.  

“Poetry gives us the means to see life in a myriad of perspectives. ArtsFairfaxFairfax Poet Laureate Nicole Tong, and our Poet Laureate program encourage county residents and others to discover and enjoy poetry through these public readings and your personal readingTogether these 30 readings bring to life the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of living US poets, and most importantly reminds people that poetry and poets are all around us,” says Linda S. Sullivan, President CEO, ArtsFairfax 

Look for a new video each day in April on Follow ArtsFairfax on Facebook and Instagram and Ms. Tong on Twitter @PoetryLivesHere. Remember to share on social media @ArtsFairfax your favorite poet, poem, and reader using the hashtag: #NPMArtsFairfax. 

April Poem Reader Schedule: 

1st  The Honorable Jeff McKayFairfax County Board of Supervisor Chairman 

2nd Nicole Tong, Fairfax Poet Laureate 

3rd Crys MatthewsSinger, Songwriter 

4th Josephy GueronRadio Host 

5th Jennifer AtkinsonPoet 

6th  Paul VodraHost/Producer of DC music podcast Hometown Sounds 

7th Calista Garcia, Singer and Songwriter 

8th Holly MasonPoet 

9th Jona ColstonPoet 

10th Yana NikolMusician 

11th The Honorable Gerry ConnollyU.S. House of Representatives 

12th Holly KarapetkovaPoet Laureate, Arlington County, VA 

13th David EbenbachAuthor 

14th Yasmine BoldenPoet 

15th Peggy FoxMedia Relations, Dominion Energy 

16th Meghan TrossenMarketing, Capital One Center 

17th Alison KysiaPotterMultimedia Artist 

18th Rebecca TaxChef  

19th Sara Ebba HansenWriter 

20th Lynn BortonProducer/host Choose to Be Curious 

21st Scott WeaverPoet 

22nd Sally KeithPoet, Professor George Mason University 

23rd Guillermo Almadaarts lover  

24th Megan Beyerformer Director, President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities  

25th Sharon FishelArtsReach Director, McLean Project for the Arts 

26th Reggie HolmesOwner/Creative Director, Enthuse Creative, LLC   

27th Nancy NajarianClean Energy Advocate 

28th Kevin LeongMusic Therapist 

29th Nathan CarterChief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, NOVA 

30th The Honorable Sharon Bulova, former Board of Supervisor Chair  

May  1st Holly Seen, Affiliation Certified Child Life Specialist, INOVA 


About ArtsFairfax 

ArtsFairfax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, incorporated in 1964, as Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency. ArtsFairfax is funded in part by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.