The Poet is IN returns this April for National Poetry Month!

Arlington Public Library is partnering again with Arlington Cultural Affairs to host the Poet Is IN booth at multiple library locations. Keep an eye out for the pop-up booth featuring noted regional poets who will create a free, personalized poem just for you in real time. You can find the booth on the respective library plazas; in the event of rain the booth will move indoors. 

Featured Poets: Courtney LeBlanc and Emily Holland

Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the full-length collections Her Whole Bright Life, winner of the Jack McCarthy Book Prize (Write Bloody, 2023),  Exquisite Bloody, Beating Heart (Riot in Your Throat, 2021), and Beautiful & Full of Monsters (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2020). She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Riot in Your Throat, an independent poetry press, and is a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (2022). She loves nail polish, tattoos, and a soy latte each morning.

Emily Holland (she/they) is a genderqueer lesbian writer. Their poems appear in publications including HAD, Shenandoah, DIALOGIST, and Black Warrior Review. They are the author of the chapbook Lineage (dancing girl press) and the recipient of multiple fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She is currently the editor of Poet Lore, an adjunct professor at GWU, and the chair of OutWrite, DC’s LGBTQIA+ literary festival.


  • Sat., Apr. 1, 12 pm - 2 pm: Shirlington Library (Featured poets: Courtney LeBlanc and Emily Holland)
  • Sat., Apr. 8, 11 am - 1 pm: Central Library (Featured poet: Aaron R.) 
  • Thu., Apr. 13, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Westover Library (Featured poet: Gregory Luce)
  • Wed., Apr. 19, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Westover Library (Featured poet: Cristi Donoso)

No registration required. First come, first-served.

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Saturday, April 1, 2023
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lobby, Outside
Shirlington Library
Events for Adults Events for High Schoolers Events for Middle Schoolers Good for Adults Age 55+ Good for Families
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