A sampling of my web presence and some sites you may find of interest



For a feature as Selected Poet in Abbey of the Arts, which includes some poems, as well as audio and video readings of my work, please visit:  Abbey of the Arts, Selected Poet Series . I encourage you to browse this wonderful site for the work of other poets and for inspiration within that world of Spiritual/Religious and Creative convergence.  

This link with take you to the Poetry Foundation site and to a poem which appeared in Poetry magazine. The poem is in the form of a Tanaga, a Filipino indigenous form, and was written in 2021 at the behest of the Philippine Embassy, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Philippine American diplomatic relationship: “Tanaga for Philippine-American Lovers”. Three other tanagas by Philippine-American poets–Aileen Cassinetto, JoAnn Balingit, and Luisa A. Igloria–who have served or are serving as poets laureate, also appear in that issue, and you can access those poems easily by navigating the Poetry Foundation site.

For a conversational piece about my background and some thoughts about poetry, you may wish to read an interview, conducted by Leah Price of the Daily Press when I was appointed Virginia Poet Laureate in 2012, by visiting the site: Writers’ Block with Leah Price

For an interview, hosted by Kelsey Clark, during my visit to Michigan State University as Virginia Poet Laureate, you may wish to follow this link: Center for Poetry MSU 

For an interview which took place shortly after my appointment as Virginia Poet Laureate, you may visit this site: Writing Without Paper 

This link will take you to a 2018 interview, where I describe the process behind the writing of The Consequence of Moonlight:  Speaking of Marvels

This link will take you to a video reading of poems from Fully Into Ashes, prepared in February 2011 at the request of the Huffington Post: Poems from Fully Into Ashes

This link will take you to a video reading of one of my poems by Mark Burrows, Poetry Editor of Paraclete Press: The Way We Thrive  

This link will take you to an audio recording of my poem “Nightshade” and its text, as published in Image Journal: Nightshade

For the poem that won the 2022 Sacred Poetry Contest sponsored by Catholic Literary Arts, as well as information about the competition and the text of other winning poems, click here: Oblation

If you’d like to watch a reading of three poems for World Poetry Day, 2023, please follow this link: World Poetry Day

For some other brief poetry readings, you may wish to visit the following sites:

A Mode of Permanence   

The Search for Good 


Seven Poems 

The Previous Hour 


Two Poems at the Iris Art Shop

The Limp and Nightlife

For a poem recorded for The Poetry Archive in 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, you may click here Sofia Starnes. The Poetry Archive  

For a poem featured in Plough Magazine in 2023, and its recorded reading, please visit Sofia Starnes, reading “Zeal”.

I’m not a very active web browser, preferring the touch of paper in my hands for everything poetic, but I’m  happy to list a few links you may find valuable:

The Poetry Society of Virginia 

The Poetry Archive

Academy of American Poets 

The Virginia Writers Club  

The Poetry Foundation  

The Conference of Christianity and Literature