Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Poet, Artist, Educator



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“La Casa Azul” by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda



The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

Winner of the 2014 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award

From the first to the last page of The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda captures and evokes the spiritual richness and artistic quaking of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and their complicated, love-torn lives. With sumptuous imagery, yet acute precision and detail, the book delves into the artistic, marital and physical struggles of the artists, detailing how Kahlo, who even as she was undergoing painful surgeries and engaging her work, anguished about her husband Diego Rivera’s famous infidelities. . . . With its kinetic energy and bold envisioning, The Embrace is a well-researched, supremely crafted and perfectly executed narrative “embrace.”


––Shonda Buchanan, author of Who’s Afraid of Black Indians?


River Country


In RIVER COUNTRY, eastern Virginia’s Tidewater region serves as a microcosm of pristine areas undergoing radical changes detrimental to the environment. The speaker of these poems, through her observations of the changing character of the rural setting, recognizes a deep connection to nature and the need to contribute to its survival.


Play excerpt at right narrated by the Author. Photos in video by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda except where otherwise labeled. Video by


Kreiter-Foronda's April 2008 Interview on the book with Talk-Show Host Neal Steele of XTRA 99.1 FM



Contrary Visions

"Each poem in Contrary Visions is like a painting in an illuminated manuscript, marking not the passage of months, but the progress of the soul toward harmony."  



Gathering Light - (E-Book)

"Whether Kreiter-Foronda celebrates Van Gogh offering a solitary coin to a beggar woman or a small child panhandling 'Among the Ruins of Puca Pucara, Peru,' her poems are imbued with language both beautiful and strong that consoles and enchants us."
                                   --Vanessa Haley










Death Comes Riding

This collection offers a new perspective on spiritual growth. Set against a background of death, history and myth, the poems range from free verse to dramatic monologues and sonnets, with verse written so skillfully that the subtle rhyme schemes elude us.



This chapbook is part of a GOLD Invitational Series celebrating the award-winning poems of Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda. As both a poet and painter, the author presents twelve poems that focus on the infinite possibilities open to us when we take time to look closely at an object or experience. In the introduction, the author provides information about the genesis of each poem.


In A Certain Place

The poems in this anthology explore the theme of place. This book is an appropriate gift for any occasion. Poets included are Jean Bower, Gail Collins-Ranadive, Gabriele Glang, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Mariquita MacManus, Judith McCombs, Fan Ogilvie, Betty Parry, Cheryl Romney-Brown, Elisabeth Stevens, Elizabeth Sullam, Charles Sullivan, Alice Marie Tarnowski, and Stacy Tuthill. Introduction by Br. Rick Wilson, T.O.R. Franciscan.


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Four Virginia Poets Laureate: A Teaching Guide

The guide contains a history of the poet laureate appointment in Virginia, as well as the poems presented at the 2004 Annual Poetry Festival of the Poetry Society of Virginia. Included are biographies of the four featured laureates, and commentaries on their work by other acclaimed Virginia poets/educators:  Roseann Runte, Jim Peterson, Cathryn Hankla, and Henry Hart.  Classroom exercises accompany each laureate’s poems.  The Poetry Society offers this teaching guide as a tool to enrich poetry instruction in high schools, colleges, and universities.Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and Edward W. Lull, Editors; Illustration and Cover Design by Aileen Delgado.  (DVD also available)

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Seasons of Sharing offers poetry born of collaboration, poetry that reaches the universal from distant points of planet earth.  Six global partners, communicating by e-mail, create poetry that is immediate, intimate, and modern, carried in an ancient poetic form through the world’s newest means of communication:  the internet. While exploring the richness of seasons, the book metaphorically visits incidents on the world stage, such as climate change, the Arab Spring, and urban violence.  Dr. Joseph Heithaus, professor at DePauw University and author of Poison Sonnets, calls the book “a collaboration of first merit.” Seasons of Sharing includes French, Spanish, German, and Japanese translations.  Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, co-author, is Poet Laureate Emerita of Virginia, 2006-2008.

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and Joyce Brinkman with Catherine Aubelle, Flor Aguilera García, Gabriele Glang, and Kae Morii

Seasons of Sharing: A Kasen Renku Collaboration is available on,, and

“Any advancement in society is made by someone thinking creatively.  And without creativity, there would be no advancements. Take Einstein and his time and space.  Or Picasso and his cubism.  It all interrelates."

-- Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

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