Poet Laureate of Richmond, VA

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2021 Poet Laureate of Richmond, VA


In 2021, Roscoe Burnems was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Burnems will commission local youth and adult poets to take part in an interactive, multi-art form experience inspired by murals in Richmond, Virginia. The poets will create, record, and perform ekphrastic work inspired by these murals, which will be part of an interactive, self-guided mural tour. With the help of a local non-profit that brings equitable computer-science education to Richmonders, youth-created QR codes will be featured on the murals that lead to the ekphrastic poem(s). Burnems will also collaborate with a local muralist to create a literary and visual project inspired by his original poems.