Paul D. Camp Community College 6th Annual Literary Festival Features Virginia’s Poet Laureate Sofia Starnes

Sofia M. StarnesSofia M. Starnes, Virginia’s Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014, will be the keynote panelist at Paul D. Camp Community College’s 6th Annual Literary Festival, Friday, April 24, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
“We are so honored to have Ms. Starnes agree to serve in this capacity at our event,” said PDCCC Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs. “Her work has been featured in at least 100 different publications.”
Starnes has authored five poetry collections and is the editor of Four Virginia Poets Laureate (2004-2012): An Anthology and Reader’s Guide and The Nearest Poem Anthology (2014), both published by Cedar Creek Publishing.
She has received numerous awards, including a Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Aldrich Poetry Prize, the Transcontinental Poetry Editor’s Prize, the Whitebird Poetry Series Prize, the Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry Prize, the Marlboro Poetry Prize (Editor’s Choice), three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Poetry Achievement Award from the Virginia Writers Club of which she is an honorary member.
Starnes received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Union College in Kentucky, from where she also received the designation of Distinguished Scholar. She is poetry editor and poetry book review editor of the Anglican Theological Review, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Orison Books and the HETL Poetry Anthology Series.
Jacobs added that Virginia’s Poet Laureate also mentors writers through her editing service, Creative Writing Critiques.
“This is especially important, as it resonates with our reasons to hold the Literary Festival—to celebrate writing, and to encourage our authors at the college and in the community to continue doing so.”
For more information, contact Jacobs, 757-925-6331 or