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Print Edition Selecting Editor
Sofia M. Starnes, Virginia Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014, is the author of six poetry collections, most recently The Consequence of Moonlight (Paraclete Press, 2018). She is the recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, among other commendations, including the Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry Prize, the Aldrich Poetry Prize, the Transcontinental Poetry Book Award (Editor’s Choice), the Marlboro Review Poetry Prize, the Whitebird Poetry Series Prize, five Pushcart Prize nominations, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Union College, Kentucky. Sofia’s poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, First Things, The Bellevue Literary Review, Notre Dame Review, William & Mary Review, Southern Poetry Review, Laurel Review, Gulf Coast, and Modern Age, as well as various anthologies, including the Best of the Decade Edition of the Hawai’i Pacific Review. Her translations of essays on the Philippine-Spanish artist Fernando Zóbel have been issued by Galería Cayón in Madrid, Spain, and the Ayala Foundation, Manila, Philippines. In 2018, she was engaged to translate a book on Spain’s role in the American Revolution, which was subsequently published by Iberdrola. Sofia lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with her husband, Bill, Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at William and Mary and jazz pianist. More information on her work may be found at www.sofiamstarnes.com.
Selecting Editor and Award Judge
Daniel Pearlman Pravda was born in Norfolk and raised in Virginia Beach. He blossomed into an English major at the University of Maryland and did his M.F.A. in poetry at George Mason University. His concentration in poetry has seeped into other genres such as fiction and music. His work, published in numerous journals, including The Washington Review, Phoebe, Grasslands Review, Poet's Domain, Beltway, and others, shows an attention to small details from natural to urban settings. He was interviewed on NPR's "With Good Reason" in June 2006 as part of their Virginia Poets series. He has taught English and Creative Writing at Norfolk State University since 1996 and The MUSE Writing School since 2000. Daniel is the author of A Bird in The Hand is a Dumb Bird, released in 2011. Congratulations to Daniel for winning the 2019 DOGFISH HEAD Poetry Prize.
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King King is a retired educator who has taught in public schools and colleges in numerous levels and disciplines. He has over twenty years of experience in teaching college-level English, literature, and composition as well as implementing a program in which advanced high school students enroll in freshman composition for both high school and college credit. He is active as the web editor for the Poetry Society of Virginia and a board member and Facebook editor of Friends of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. Mr. King has published a book of poetry titled, This Side of Forever. His interests include studies in the Civil War, the architecture of Virginia’s Colonial Churches, Victorian Era cemeteries, bicycling, hiking, and amateur photography. He resides in a restored bungalow in Colonial Place, Norfolk, Virginia, along with his beloved wife and four rescue dogs ranging from a Scottish Terrier to Chihuahuas. He has both Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Old Dominion University, in addition to his thirty-nine years of professional teaching. He has taught classes at pre-school to college level. He offers personal editing services in grammar, style, format, and content.
film maker and author of two award-winning
poetry collections. First Prize Winner in the
Writer's Digest 15th Annual Self Published
Book Awards. (Israel)
Dina Ripsman Eylon
Bilingual author and publisher,
has a Ph.D. in Post-biblical Hebrew
Language and Literature from the
University of Toronto. For the past 16 years,
she has served as the publisher and Editor-in-Chief
of Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal.
(Selecting Editor / Proofreader)
Advisor to Christopher Newport
University Literary Festival
(Selecting Editor-Short Stories)
Skipping Stones Anthology
Former board member
The Poetry Society of Virginia
Founder and Director
Little River Poetry Festival
Past eastern region director
The Poetry Society of Virginia
Linda is a freelance writer, editor, blogger,
and speaker. She is the author of "Looking Up:
A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie"
First Prize Winner in the Writer's Digest
20th Annual Self Published Book Award
Sharon Weinstein is a twenty-five year creative
writing professor, classical musician,
watercolor and Asian Brush Painting artist.
She is the author of one poetry collection
and active member of the Poetry Society of Virginia.