Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Poet, Artist, Educator



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Biographical Note:

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda served as Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2006-2008.  Carolyn has published six books, Contrary Visions, Gathering Light, Death Comes Riding, Greatest Hits, River Country, and The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.   In addition, she is co-editor of In a Certain Place, an anthology, and Four Virginia Poets Laureate: A Teaching Guide.  Her poems have been nominated for six Pushcart Prizes and appear in numerous magazines, including Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Best of Literary Journals, Poet Lore and An Endless Skyway, an anthology of poems by U.S. State Poets Laureate. 

Her awards include five grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts; a Spree First Place award; multiple awards in Pen Women competitions; a Special Merit Poem in Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial contest; a Passages North contest award; an Edgar Allan Poe first-place award; and a Resolution of Appreciation from the State Board of Education for her contributions as Poet Laureate of Virginia. 

In 2010-2011 she served as a Literary Arts Specialist with Claudia Emerson on a Metrorail Public Art Project, which will integrate literary works, including her own, into art installations at metro stations in Virginia.

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Take This on Authority

When the last cloud leaves
nothing behind—no
history, no trace of error, no
basilica to shelter a man—
a hymn, as lonely as any,
will rise out of canyons
and at great heights
sing to every particle, to
every hint of light along the way.
In a temple, in another
universe, listeners will
bow down chanting.

By Tulum’s Sea 

How easy to become a part
of this fertile past: a sudden
desert of ruins beneath a vast,
amazed sky, gulls billowing
their small white sails, caught
in an impetuous breeze. To be
here on the edge of it all
between the Castle and Temple
of Wind, in a cliff-break where
a cove’s waters wash over
my feet, the Mayan blue, misted
with the aura of coastlands.
I call out from these ruins as if
expecting honey, vanilla, feather
and jaguar skins from the trade
of a passing ship to float ashore.
The clouds’ wealth opens up,
each drop cleansing the sea:
all at once a translucent wine.
What is it about the sea
that startles the heart?

copyright Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda


The Poet: reading her work at the American Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria


The Artist: showing her Paintings


The Educator: teaching a Poetry Seminar at Virginia Beach

For more of Carolyn's poetry in the r.kv.r.y. quarterly literary journal, click the links below:

Young Dimas Rosas, Deceased at Age Three, 1937

Two Voices: My Nurse and I


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