Kreiter-Foronda served as Virginia's Poet Laureate from 2006-2008. She is also
a painter, sculptor and educator. In 1969, she graduated from Mary Washington
College (now the University of Mary Washington) with a BA in English. She holds
two masters degrees and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she received
the first doctorate presented by the school.
Carolyn has published six books,
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.
and writings appear widely in such magazines, journals, and anthologies as
Nimrod International Journal, The Ledge, Anthology of Magazine
Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry, WPFW 89.3 FM Poetry Anthology,
Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, Dominion Review,
Hispanic Culture Review, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore,
Mid-American Review, Antioch Review, Passages North, The
Journal of Teaching Writing and The Writing Center Journal.
honors include six Pushcart Prize nominations, an Edgar Allan Poe first place
award, three Artist-in-Education grants and an Arts-on-the-Road grant from the
Virginia Commission for the Arts. In 1992, Carolyn was named a Virginia Cultural
Laureate for her contributions to American Literature.
For her work as
Virginia's Poet Laureate, Carolyn was awarded a Resolution of Appreciation
by the Board of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2007, she was named
Alumna of the Year by George Mason University for outstanding professional
achievement and dedication to the university. Also, she was named the 2007
University of Mary Washington Alumna of the Year for her advocacy on behalf of
the arts as Virginia's Poet Laureate and for her dedication as a poet/artist to
hundreds of students in Virginia's schools. She is a UMW alumni member of Phi
her paintings and sculpture adorn the covers and pages of her books. Currently,
she lives in Hardyville, Virginia, with her husband, Patricio.
Wikipedia page for a more extensive biography.
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