Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Poet, Artist, Educator



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Speaking Engagements - Workshops, Seminars, Readings

A few of Carolyn's Quotes on Education

“I really like watching people grow. There’s nothing more satisfying than being with the students. They’re so into life and into living.”

“I think that students are excited by the fact that their impressions and opinions are as valid as mine are. I give my observations last after everyone else has spoken—therefore students can become independent, free thinkers.”

Carolyn at PSV regional meeting, photo credit, Phyllis Haislip

Carolyn teaching Poetry Seminar, ECPI Technology College, Virginia Beach

Carolyn with students, ECPI Technology College, Virginia Beach

Carolyn with Nancy Powell and Ann Shalaski after a poetry reading at Barnes & Noble, William & Mary Bookstore

For 45 years Carolyn has conducted custom-designed writing workshops and poetry readings in many different settings. Her audiences have included teachers and students, kindergarten through graduate school.  Below are comments from participants in her workshop sessions, from former students and professors:

"The presentation was wonderful (I’ve got students who are still raving about it). They mentioned specifically the research you do, and the way you prepare yourself to write. They were impressed that you allow different interpretations in your classes, and, as one student wrote, ‘she made you feel like poetry can be done by everyone."

                  -- Mark Farrington, graduate writing course for teachers, George Mason University

"The excitement and understanding Carolyn brings to her teaching is that rare thing in arts education, the enthusiasm and knowledge of an active participant in the making of art. I want to stress that she is not only a superlative classroom teacher, she is a precious resource for other teachers. Her successes with both students and fellow teachers are exactly the kinds of successes that the nationally funded Artists-in-Education programs aim at."

                  -- Peter Klappert, Professor of Creative Writing, George Mason University

“She has a very ethereal attitude and kind approach. She loves to teach and cares about her students, and her range of talent is absolutely amazing.”

-- Ashley Maynard, former student, West Springfield High School - Quoted from The Oracle, March 30, 1990.

“That marvelous woman introduced me to free verse poetry and encouraged me to write, although I am profoundly deaf and have had difficulty expressing myself on paper. Under her tutelage and endless patience, I learned to express myself through free verse poetry. After that, I was hooked and have had a deep love for poetry ever since.”

-- Mindy Hayden, Letters to the Editor, The Washington Post, August 14, 1981.

"I have never known a teacher as adored as Dr. Carolyn Foronda. To step inside her classroom is to immerse yourself in love and creative energy. She promotes individual expression, and her lessons are often extensive one-on-ones where the students design their own projects and then, with her guidance, work toward their personal goal. She not only develops talented writers, but helps each to be his/her own distinct and special person."

                  -- Jennifer LeRoy, Graduate, West Springfield High School, Fairfax County, VA

"March 31st was a red letter day not only for me, but for the 125 people who attended the conference. I knew when I saw you in Smithfield that you would do a magnificent job at the conference. I only wish you could hear all the splendid comments your people made about you."


                  -- Doris Gwaltney, Writers’ Conference, Christopher Newport University

"Your poetry seminar with our students was highly successful and most rewarding for them. You are certainly an inspiration for our youth!"

                  -- William F. Hanlon, Smithfield High School, VA

Each workshop is targeted to an audience of writers, teachers, students, artists, or the general public. Previous presentations have included “Poetry & Politics”; “The Nobel Laureates in Poetry: What Makes Them Unique?”; “Testing the Limits of Structure and the Power of Words: Line Breaks and Diction”; “How I Write”; “Art-Inspired Poetry”; “The Writer’s Art: Writing in the Galleries”; “Why Read Poetry?”; “Georgia O’Keeffe: The Poetry of Things”; “Dramatic Monologue: Art-Inspired Poetry”; “Ekphrastic Poetry”; “Poems Inspired by the Visionary Paintings of Marsden Hartley”; and others.


Please contact Carolyn about poetry reading, seminar and/or writing workshop fees.  Carolyn offers two workshops, entitled “Discover Your Inner Poet: Art-Inspired Writing” and “Ekphrastic Poetry in the Gallery and/or Museum Setting,” through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Statewide Programs.  For more information, click here

Carolyn also offers workshops for teachers and for middle school and high school students through the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  For more information about the Artists in Education program and grants, click here.

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P.O. Box 90, Hardyville, VA 23070


Website Donated in memory of Julia May Chase, Poet