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Poet Laureate of Virginia, Kelly Cherry (2011-2012)
Past Poets Laureate of Virginia
Four Poets Laureate of Virginia: A Teaching Guide Book
PSV Guidelines and Procedures for Poet Laureate Nominations
Kelly Cherry was born in
She published her first work of fiction, Sick and Full of Burning, in 1974, closely followed
by her first collection of poetry, Love and Agnostics, in 1975. Cherry embarked
on a long affiliation with the
awards and honors include a Bread Loaf Fellowship (1975), a Pushcart Prize (1977),
a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1980), a James G. Hanes Poetry Prize from
the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1989 for her distinguished body of work in poetry,
and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Mary Washington (2000).
Cherry is the author of numerous poetry and fiction books, in addition to various nonfiction
works and translations. She has published widely in anthologies and periodicals, including
American Scholar, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Georgia Review, Los Angeles Times
Book Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others.
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The president of the Poetry Society of Virginia will appoint a committee to make recommendations and to assist him/her in the task of preparing nominations for the governor. The committee will be appointed a year before the nomination is required.
The committee will consist of at least three members, including the chairman. Following approved criteria, committee members will invite, in writing, suggestions from three to six persons outside the society who are in positions to make knowledgeable recommendations, and whose opinions would be generally respected. One of these persons will be the executive director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
The following criteria will be observed in making recommendations of laureate candidates:
The poet must be a resident of
At the February Executive Committee meeting of the Poetry Society, the laureate committee, based on its own considerations and those of persons outside the society who have responded, will propose three to six names to the executive committee. All members of the executive committee will have the opportunity to propose names. Then the executive committee will vote to select six names to be placed before the membership in the March newsletter. On the newsletter ballot there will be a space for write-in votes. Members will be given a deadline of April 1 to get their ballots in to the committee.
The president of the society will recommend the three to six names receiving the most votes in a letter to the governor, in the order of preference. Before the letter is drafted the society will check with the poets regarding their willingness to serve if appointed and to request a biographical note and samples of their work to attach to the letter.