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Meet our Judges

poet diana haemer

Diana Haemer is an enthusiastic and introspective poet who has been writing since she was sixteen. A 2020 graduate of William & Mary, she hopes to combine her loves for marine science and English into a career as a creative writer. Diana’s work has been featured by the New York Review of Books, and she has been published in The Sucharnochee Review, Short Édition and William & Mary’s The Gallery. Her poetry also appears in Washington University in St. Louis's Life/Lines blog and in Local Gems Press's Tea-ku: Poems About Tea. Her first poetry collection, The Sands of Time, was published in 2020 by Local Gems Press. Sensing, her second book, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press and was met with critical acclaim by four editorial reviews.

When not writing poetry, Diana likes to play piano, bake and figure skate. She has given author talks & readings both online and in person and is very much looking forward to judging FCPL's "Love is..." Poetry Contest. Learn more about Diana on her website: www.onethirtythree-poetry.com.


poet neal learner

Neal Learner is a writer and musician based in Alexandria, Va. He founded and cohosts the monthly Great Del Ray Poetry Reading (on hiatus during Covid). In November 2021, Neal debuted a series of his violin compositions with Alexandria Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta in a performance called Poetry With Strings Attached. His recent musical theater works includes Get Me Home, which premiered online in April 2020 by Taphouse Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. He also wrote the critically praised sung-through musical LIFE: A Comic Opera in Three Short Acts, which premiered at the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival, and music and lyrics for Soul Redeemer, book by playwright Paul Handy, which premiered at the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival. Neal performs his music and poetry throughout the Washington, D.C., area. For more information, visit www.learnermusic.com.


poet kim miller

Kim B. Miller’s poetry is inspirational, her words are bold and she is unapologetically blunt. Kim is the Poet Laureate of Prince William County for the October 2020-October 2022 term, and she is the first African American Poet Laureate for Prince William County. Her poems have been published in African Voices magazine, a Portuguese book, a DC newspaper, an interfaith anthology and several websites and books. Kim has performed at The National Black Theater, The Atlas Performing Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College and many other venues. She received the 2021 DMV Best Business Award in the category of Arts & Entertainment. Kim is also the 2021 DMV Renaissance Haikuist of the Year. Learn more about Kim on her website: www.kimbmiller.com.


poet molly rufus

 

Molly Rufus is a Virginia Community Youth Poet who has had work published through the Pulitzer Center and recognized by the City of Alexandria. She loves poetry as a way of exploring the English language and currently collaborates on an Instagram poetry collective called "The Tenderheart Collective" with other young BIPOC women. You can find out more about Molly’s work and follow her on Instagram @mhrufus.

 


poet C. thomas C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas is an award-winning poet, teaching artist and advocate for Child Abuse Prevention, the LGBTQIA community and Mental Health Awareness. He was named a pioneer of poetry by the National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Award (NUSPA) in 2015. C. has mesmerized audiences at Angelina College, Howard University, Prince George’s Community College, Thomas Jefferson University, Busboys and Poets (as a featured poet and host), Studio 2001 Art Gallery, The Athenaeum and the Torpedo Art Factory, just to name a few.

C. has partnered with the Northern Virginia Association of Fine Arts (NVAFA); Carlyle House Historic Park, producing annual events highlighting African American excellence; and leads his popular discussion-based writer’s workshop, Writing to Wellness™, that uses poetry as a tool for healing when navigating childhood trauma with Creative Suitland Arts Center, Heard and SMYAL.

C. is a true force of nature and a necessary voice for uplifting the community and inspiring hope. Witnessing him perform, teaching in the classroom or mesmerizing an audience during a speaking engagement is experiencing love in action. Learn more about C. on his website: www.iamcthomas.net.


poet serena willsSerena Wills, is a self-published author of The Awakening, Pieces of Life Volume 2, Crying Tears of Teal and Reconstruction, Pieces of Life Volume 1. She is a native New Yorker and currently resides in the Washington, DC area. Serena holds a BA in Policy Studies from Syracuse University, an MPA from Virginia Tech, an MA in Health and Wellness Coaching and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Workplace Wellness from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Serena is a Self-Published Author, a Poet, Publishing Coach, National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a Wellness Writer. You can find out more on her website at www.serenawills.com.

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