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The Nearest Poem Anthology

edited by Sofia M. Starnes, Poet Laureate of Virginia 2012-2014

ISBN  9780989146500  |  Paperback  |  250 pages  |  7-1/2 x 9-1/4  |  $16.00

Published in  2014

             Featuring 112 poems, each one selected and submitted by a citizen of Virginia, alongside a brief but persuasive essay, by that reader, on why the poem holds a special meaning for him or her. 

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ISBN 978-1-942882-01-5

Paperback, 142 pages, 6 x 9


Sofia M. Starnes (www.sofiamstarnes.com) is the author of five poetry collections, including A Commerce of Moments (Pavement Saw Press), which was named an Honor Book of the Library of Virginia, and Fully Into Ashes (Wings Press). She is also the editor of two poetry anthologies, most recently The Nearest Poem Anthology (Cedar Creek Publishing). Born in Manila of Philippine and Spanish heritage, Sofia has been a Virginian for over twenty-five years. She served as Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2012 to 2014.
                    William H. (“Bill”) Starnes, Jr. (http://bit.ly/whstarnesjr), Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at the College of William and Mary, has authored hundreds of scientific publications and was the editor-in-chief of a refereed technical journal for sixteen years.  A native of Lee County, Virginia, and a charter inductee into the Southwest Virginia Walk of Fame, he has been named by the Plastics Pioneers Association as one of fewer than a thousand individuals worldwide who have had the greatest impact on the history of plastics.  
                    Bill and Sofia have been married for almost thirty years and live in Williamsburg, Virginia. How Will You Measure Life? is their first joint publication effort.

Sofia & Bill Starnes

Four Virginia Poets Laureate (2004-2012)

An Anthology & Reader's Guide from The Poetry Society of Virginia
Edited by Sofia M. Starnes, Poet Laureate of Virginia 2012-2014

FEATURING SELECTED POETRY by the following Virginia Poets Laureate:

Rita Dove (2004-2006)

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda (2006-2008)

Claudia Emerson (2008-2010)

Kelly Cherry (2010 - 2012)

ISBN  9780983919261  |  Paperback  |  122 pages  |  5-1/2 x 8-1/2  |  $10.00

Published in  2013


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How Will You Measure Life?
Inspirational Talks & Prayers
by William H. Starnes, Sr.

            In the spring of 2008, Sofia and Bill Starnes needed to hunt for a letter in one of their cedar chests. They have three such chests, two having been in the Starnes household for decades. Ready to sort through layers of cloth, paper, trinkets . . . the material of mementos and of a life, they found at the bottom of one chest a packet of manuscript pages tied together with a red ribbon. The importance of the letter they initially set out to find faded in comparison to the treasure they found instead. 
            Time stood still as Sofia and Bill sat beside the open chest, carefully unfolding the sheets, and reading for the first time a series of "talks." They had been written by Bill's father, William H. Starnes, Sr., of Lee County, Virginia, more than 50 years ago. As Sofia and Bill took turns reading, they could hear the echoes of William, Sr.'s voice . . . as clearly as if from a vinyl record. Through that voice, they entered into a society steeped in religious faith--a vision of a fruitful life in a commitment to Church and community--values tragically in meager supply in today's society: kindness, generosity, commitment to the well-being of others, selflessness, and a supportive work ethic, to name a few.
            The man behind that voice was indeed, "a man beyond measure," who embodied and faithfully built the world he envisioned--just, caring, joyous, and creative. To extend the fruits of that life, Sofia and Bill have set out to share "The Work" of William H. Starnes, Sr., by illuminating his life story and the treasure of his inspirational talks and prayers in How Will You Measure Life?