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Holly Karapetkova

Poet Laureate of Arlington, VA 2022

Holly Karapetkova holds an MFA in creative writing from Georgia State University and a PhD in English and comparative literature from the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of Towline (Cloudbank Books, 2016), winner of the Vern Rutsala Book Prize, and Words We Might One Day Say (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2010), winner of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Prize for Poetry.

Karapetkova is also the translator of Pieces, a collection of poetry and prose by Irene Ivantcheva, and Odysseus, a play by Alexander Sekulov.

The recipient of a fellowship from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Karapetkova lives in Arlington, Virginia, where she serves as the city’s poet laureate and teaches literature and writing at Marymount University. In 2022, Karapetkova received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.

Holly Karapetkova
Photo credit: Kalina Karapetkova
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Poet Laureate of Arlington, VA

Poet Laureate of Arlington, VA

In 2022, Holly Karapetkova was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. In collaboration with Day Eight, Karapetkova (who will work with Arlington Youth Laureate Charlotte Maleski and the county’s Youth Poetry Ambassadors) will organize an anthology of youth poetry, offering a central point around which the community can organize readings and workshops. The anthology, launching in the spring of 2023, will be open to all high school county residents and will focus on the theme of resilience.