Sofia M. Starnes

Poet Information

Sofia M. Starnes

About the Poet

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Sofia M. Starnes served as Virginia Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014. She is the author of six poetry collections, most recently The Consequence of Moonlight (Paraclete Press, 2018). She is also the recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, among other commendations, including the Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry Prize, the Marlboro Review Poetry Prize, the Whitebird Poetry Series Prize, the Aldrich Museum Poetry Prize, the Transcontinental Poetry Prize (Editor’s Choice), five Pushcart Prize nominations, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Union College, Kentucky.

Sofia’s poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, First Things, The Bellevue Literary Review, Notre Dame Review, William & Mary Review, Southern Poetry Review, Laurel Review, Gulf Coast, and Modern Age. Her translations of essays on the Philippine-Spanish artist Fernando Zóbel have been issued by Galería Cayón in Madrid, Spain, and the Ayala Foundation, Manila, Philippines. She lives in Williamsburg. More information about her work can be found in www.sofiamstarnes.com.

From the Poetry Society of Virginia


Hampton Roads

Virginia City or County Affiliation


Current City/State of Residence

Williamsburg, VA




Asian, White

Published Works or Performances

  • The Consequence of Moonlight: Poems. Paraclete Press, 2018.
  • A Commerce of Moments. Pavement Saw Press, 2013.
  • Love and the Afterlife. Franciscan University Press, 2012.
  • Fully Into Ashes. Wings Press, 2011
  • Corpus Homini: A Poem for Single Flesh. Wings Press, 2008.
  • The Soul’s Landscape. Aldrich Museum Press, 2002.

Selected Individual Poems or Performances

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Sofia M. Starnes