Poet of Visual Arts

Photo by Marie Harris

Photo by Marie Harris

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts have named Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda ’69 the winner of the second annual Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award.

The award recognizes an outstanding book on the theme of visual artists or art. Kreiter-Foronda won for a book of poetry, The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, published in 2013. She was one of five finalists.

Kreiter-Foronda studied English at Mary Washington and received its 2007 distinguished alumnus award. She was Virginia poet laureate from 2006-2008 and holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate from George Mason University.

She received the award and spoke about her work and the art that inspired her at a ceremony in Richmond on Oct. 7, in conjunction with the Library of Virginia’s weeklong Virginia Literary Festival.