Kiki Petrosino


Kiki Petrosino is the author of four books of poetry: White Blood: a Lyric of Virginia (2020), Witch Wife (2017), Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013), and Fort Red Border (2009). Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Tin House, and online at Ploughshares

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Petrosino earned her MA in humanities and her MFA from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, respectively. She has received a Pushcart Prize, a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, the UNT Rilke Prize, and an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council. Petrosino currently teaches at the University of Virginia as a Professor of Poetry.

Festival Years: 2020, 2021