Jennifer Chang, an award-winning poet and professor of English and creative writing at the George Washington University, will serve as the poet-in-residence at the 10th annual Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival.
The festival is planned for Jan. 27-28 at Foxcroft School near Middleburg. The public is invited to attend the festival, which also includes a poetry slam, readings of original and published works in English and foreign languages, as well as the formal poetry reading competition, a decades-old tradition at the all-girls high school.
Chang’s debut poetry collection, “The History of Anonymity” (2008), was selected for the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Poetry Series. Her second collection, “Some Say the Lark” is scheduled to be released in October. On Saturday, Jan. 28, Chang will give a reading and conduct a writing workshop at the Audrey B. Currier Library in the morning. She will also serve as a judge for the poetry reading competition in the afternoon.
Named in honor of former English teacher Paul Bergan, the poetry festival has brought a variety of established poets to the private school’s campus over the years, including the late Virginia poet Laureate Claudia Emerson, NSA Fellow Sandra Beasley, Stephen Cushman, alumna Tina Barr, Donna E.M. Denizé, and Sami Miranda, as well as spoken word artists Clint Smith, George Yamazawa, Jason LeVasseur and Nan Fry.