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Schedule of Events

10:00-4:00 p.m. Location: Community Building and Stryker Center

Meet the Authors & Publishers

Authors and publishers will be exhibiting, signing, and selling their books in both the Stryker Center and Community Building which are cattycorner to one another. Please stop by the festival Information booth in the Community Building for a guide outlining where each exhibitor is located and for the festival presentation schedule.

Speaker schedule:

11:00 – 11:45  Laura Elliott, Young Adult author; Sponsored by: Pale Horse Publishing and The Williamsburg Library

12:00 – 12:45   Student Writing Contest awards (sponsored through the Williamsburg Community Foundation)

1:00 – 2:00      Keynote: Mollie Cox Bryan

2:15 – 3:30        Poets Panel:

Moderator: Ed Lull, Poets: Sofia Starnes, Ron Smith, Carolyn Kreiter- Foronda, Henry Hart, Luisa Igloria.

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Carolyn-Kreiter-Foronda holds a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and a M.Ed., M.A. and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she received the university’s first doctorate and an Outstanding Academic Achievement and Service Award. She has published eight books of poetry. Her poems have been nominated for six Pushcart Prizes. An accomplished visual artist, she teaches art-inspired poetry workshops for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Henry Hart (born 1954) is the Hickman Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary[1] in Williamsburg, Virginia. In addition to three books of poetry, he has written critical works on such poets as Seamus HeaneyGeoffrey Hill, and Robert Lowell. His poems and essays have appeared in The New YorkerPoetryKenyon ReviewSouthern ReviewSewanee ReviewDenver Quarterly, and numerous other journals. Hart was a founding editor of Verse, an international poetry journal. In 2010, he won the Carole Weinstein Prize for Poetry.

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Poet Laureate of Virginia 2014-2016, Ron Smith is the author of Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery, judged by Margaret Atwood “a close runner-up” for the National Poetry Series Open Competition. Ron’s other books are from LSU Press, including That Beauty in the Trees (2023). His widely-published work has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. In 2018, Ron was the “Featured Poet” at the International Hemingway Conference, where he read to a gathering of modernist scholars in the Salon Gustave Eiffel on the Eiffel Tower.


Sofia M. Starnes, D. Litt. (hon.), is the author of six poetry collections, including The Consequence of Moonlight (Paraclete Press). Her work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Notre Dame Review, First Things, Bellevue Literary Review, Hayden’s Ferry, and the Best of the Decade edition of the Hawai’i Pacific Review. Her latest book, Ten, Tendril, Tenderness, a collection of dizains, is forthcoming.

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