The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) honored longtime VCCA Fellow Marilyn
Kallet for her continued support of the organization. Kallet and three additional Fellows were recognized May 2, 2019, at VCCA’s Spring Soirée, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.
VCCA is a unique Virginia-based organization of national stature and international impact that provides time and space for national and international writers, visual artists, and composers of talent and promise to bring forth their finest works. VCCA hosts more than 400 artist-Fellows annually at its Mt. San Angelo facility in Amherst, Virginia, and the Moulin à Nef Studio Center in Auvillar, France. The artists who come to VCCA, whether emerging or established, are selected through competitive peer review on the basis of the important or innovative work they are doing in their respective fields. Since its founding in 1971, VCCA has hosted more 6,000 writers, visual artists, and composers. Poet Marilyn Kallet attended Tufts University, the Sorbonne’s Cours de civilization, and received her MA and PhD in comparative literature from Rutgers. Kallet’s first residency at VCCA was in 1981 and since then she has returned 28 times and been in residence at Moulin à Nef three times. Since 2009, she has led poetry workshops and writing residencies at Moulin à Nef, VCCA’s location in Auvillar, France. Kallet is the author of 18 books, including How Our Bodies Learned, Poetry from Black Widow Press (2018), The Love That Moves Me, Packing Light: New and Selected Poems (Black Widow Press) Circe, After Hours (BkMk Press). Her translations include Disenchanted City, by Chantal Bizzini, co-translated with B. Anderson and D. Jackson, The Big Game, a translation of Surrealist poet Benjamin Péret, and Last Love Poems of Paul Eluard, all from Black Widow Press. Kallet is Knoxville Poet Laureate and Professor Emerita of English at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.