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Writer of the Month: Nicole Tong/"Chinook Theory"

Fall is officially here in the District, and The Inner Loop is back in full swing. In August we reunited at Colony Club after a summer hiatus with a wide range of readers from rookies to well-established writers. Nicole Tong's poetry was a standout from the evening, especially "Chinook Theory" -- a meditation on earth, sky, and life in between the two, with a heart-wrenching ending. Nicole's eye for the telling detail and her ear for lyricism makes her poetry a treat to experience. We know you'll love these poems as much as we did. Head over to So To Speak Journal to read the poem along with two others.


Nicole Tong is the recipient of a Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in Poetry and fellowships from George Mason University, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her writing has been published in American Book Review, Cortland Review, Yalobusha Review, and others. Her debut collection, How to Prove a Theory, won the 2017 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers' Publishing House.

You can read more about Nicole in Northern Virginia's Passenger magazine. Each month, the talented folks at Passenger interview our Writers of the Month about the challenges of balancing professional and creative lives. So after you read this month's selection, scoot on over to Passenger's The Writer's Life to read her interview.

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