A First for Richmond - OUR Very own poet laureate

Poetry heals.

Richmond’s poets are a hidden treasure.  Let’s  help the city discover them by sharing this award with our poet friends. 


Uniting Our Community

“A poetic spirit is at the heart of our city. Designating an official Poet Laureate will help us embrace and celebrate Richmond’s creativity and passions, while uniting our community over our shared experiences.” 

-Deanna Lorianni

Inspire and Connect

“As executive director of James River Writers, I’ve experienced first hand the power of poetry to inspire and connect our community. I’m delighted to see the Poet Laureate Program come to fruition, and I know having a creative individual visibly representing the way words can uplift us all will be an act of celebration and inclusion.”

-Katharine Herndon

Embrace the Arts

“Richmond should always embrace the arts as an accessible way to provide hope and encouragement to all our residents. The Poet Laureate will give us yet another opportunity to use the power of words to heal wounds, open hearts and minds and weave us closer together.”

-Reggie Gordon, DCAO for Richmond Human Services

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