Kelly Cherry Named Poet Laureate of Commonwealth of Virginia

Congratulations to VCCA Fellow Kelly Cherry, who is assuming the mantle of Virginia's eleventh Poet Laureate!

Kelly first came to VCCA in 1978, and has returned nine times since then. In 2005, she was in residence for thirty days at Le Moulin à Nef, the VCCA-France studios in Auvillar.

She is Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kelly is the second VCCA Fellow named Virginia's Poet Laureate: Claudia Emerson held the title in 2008 -2010. VCCA Advisory Council Member Rita Dove also held the title from 2004 -2006.

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