Featured Poets

June 9, 2018

Meet Featured Poet Derek Kannemeyer

We here at the Little River Poetry Festival are delighted to welcome poet Derek Kannemeyer as a featured reader at this year's festival! Here's a little bit more about him before you hear him read. Biography Derek Kannemeyer's writing has appeared in Fiction International, The New Virginia Review, Rattapallax, Smartish Pace, Rolling Stone, and many [...]
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June 1, 2017

Meet the Featured Poet: Tanya Cunningham!

Who is Tanya Cunningham? Tanya Cunningham is a biographical poet who draws inspiration from her children, her life in Williamsburg, VA, and the current political and social climate. The author of poetry book, Pachamama and Scientific Eve, Tanya founded the Hampton Roads Artistic Collective two years ago. The organization is focused on helping Hampton Roads [...]
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May 31, 2017

Meet the Featured Poet: Star LaBranche!

Who is Star LaBranche? Star LaBranche is a content marketing specialist who will soon reside in Virginia Beach. Bringing new a brand new chapbook, Wake Me When It's Over, she is the first featured reader of the Little River Poetry Festival. Known for her brutal confessional style of poetry, her latest work questions identity, belonging, and time. With strong [...]
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March 30, 2017

Meet the Featured Poet: Colleen Redman!

Colleen Redman writes and provides photography for The Floyd Press newspaper. Her poetry has been published nationally, regionally, and online and has most recently in appeared in Artemis Journal and Floyd County Moonshine. She is the author of The Jim and Dan Stories, a memoir about her brothers’ deaths that was required reading for a grief [...]
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May 31, 2016

Meet the Featured Poet: James Bane

James Bane will be performing at the Little River Poetry Festival! James Bane was born in Washington DC. His mother is a chef and his father is a DJ, providing him with a electric love of genres since childhood. Comic books captured his attention in 3rd grade and English quickly became his favorite subject. He [...]
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May 28, 2016

Meet the Featured Poet: Jack Callan

Jack Callan is the co-founder of the Little River Poetry Festival. He will be reading and conducting a workshop at the festival! Jack Callan has been a carpenter all his life. As a craftsman, he learned how to fit things together to make them work. As an artist, his vibrant, often startling paintings, speak of [...]
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May 26, 2016

Meet the Featured Poet: Judith Stevens

Judith Stevens is one of the founders of Little River Poetry Festival. She will be reading and conducting a workshop! Judith Stevens has been writing poetry since the second grade. Her poems have been published in the former "Piedmont Literary Review Magazine," the "Randolph-Macon College Magazine," " The Association for Research & Enlightenment Journal," " [...]
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May 25, 2016

Meet the Featured Poet: Jill Winkowski

Jill Winkowski will be performing and teaching at the Little River Poetry Festival! Jill Winkowski is a poet, short story writer, journalist, and yoga teacher. While in the Hague in the 1990s, Jill was editor and feature writer for Going Dutch, an expatriate magazine, and ran The Rounded Moon, a monthly literary evening. She was [...]
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May 17, 2016

Meet the Featured Poet: David King

David King will be reading and conducting a workshop at the Little River Poetry Festival! David King is a retired English teacher who composes poetry about the North Carolina mountains and the Jersey Shore. He has published a book of verse, This Side of Forever, about his late wife to whom he was married thirty-six [...]
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May 16, 2016

Meet the Feature Poet: Toni Wynn

Toni Wynn will be performing as one of the featured poets and conducting a workshop at the Little River Poetry Festival! As a poet, creative nonfiction writer, arts educator, and museum consultant, Toni creates and learns through the arts. She’s always recruiting artists to collaborate on limited-edition print publications and arts experiences. Toni’s writing, which often [...]
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