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 Robert P. Arthur - poet, author, playwright


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (April 1, 2008) – Tidewater Community College is proud to claim one of its professors as a nominee for Poet Laureate of Virginia for 2009-2010.

Robert P. Arthur, professor of English and creative writing at the Virginia Beach Campus, is among six semi-finalist nominees chosen by the executive committee of the Poetry Society of Virginia. Society members will now elect three finalists from the six to be presented to Gov. Timothy Kaine, who will make the final choice.

The candidates are: Robert P. Arthur, R.H.W. Dillard (Hollins College), Claudia Emerson (Pulitzer Prize winner), Nikki Giovanni (Virginia Tech), Ed Lull and Elizabeth Morgan.

Among Arthur’s accomplishments, his recent book, Vija’s War, was nominated by the Poetry Society for the Library of Virginia Poetry Book Award. In addition, he has won the Maryanne Farley Award for Fiction two years in a row, as well as top prizes for poetry from the Poetry Society of Virginia. To date, he has had published or produced over 20 books and plays.

Arthur has taught at TCC for 34 years and resides in Virginia Beach with his family. Wikipedia has a citation on him at The current poet laureate, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, posted Arthur as the Poet’s Spotlight for February,


For more information about the state’s poet laureate, see the Library of Congress citation online at




Laurie White
Media Relations

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