Nominee for the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry!

Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks

A lyrical ambrosia of poetic writings and captivating photographs.


This book is the quintessence of originality—so multi-faceted in the way it spans a variety of topics. The poems really make you think about the perspective of life while the photographs speak to you in a manner that makes you realize how beautiful this world is and the necessity to just stop and appreciate the significance. This book is a masterpiece and it’s impossible to put it down once you begin reading. Every poem is completely different in tone, topic, artistically, and with the wider-meaning. In two words, it’s—life changing.

“Be prepared to be swept away by the author’s breathtaking original photography in the book. Her poetic words take one right into the scene she is describing. The resulting emotion is spontaneous. I highly recommend this book.” —Amazon Reader

Meet JoAnn Lord Koff

poet & photographer

JoAnn Lord Koff is an artist living in Northern Virginia. She was raised in Charny, France and moved around the United States as a girl, which has infused her creativity with a worldliness and natural empathy for people and nature. Her first book, Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks, is the culmination of decades of her work.

Meet JoAnn Lord Koff

poet & photographer

JoAnn Lord Koff is an artist living in Northern Virginia. She was raised in Charny, France and moved around the United States as a girl, which has infused her creativity with a worldliness and natural empathy for people and nature. Her first book, Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks, is the culmination of decades of her work.

Photos from Book Signing

(First Fridays in Manassas, VA)

Photos from Poetry Out Loud

It was an honor to judge the 4B regional Poetry Out Loud contest for the state of Virginia on January 24, 2019 at the Center for the Arts in Manassas. It was a phenomenal experience to hear poems so beautifully executed and enlivened by these sixteen talented high school orators. The winner advanced to the state competition and ultimately, to the National Poetry Out Loud competition held in Washington, D.C.

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Coming in 2020

“Camera Eyes: On Poetry”

The concept of the exhibit, “Camera Eyes: On Poetry,” is to cultivate a visceral connection between my original, timeless photographic images and the heartfelt vision within my accompanying poems. In trying to mix two mediums, or forms of artistic expression, visual images and printed words, I connect what is a truism, we use pictures as words and vice versa.

Photography is an instantaneous art form, which is rarely able to be duplicated. A poem, on the other hand, often ferments before its fragile birth and requires time to mature in rewriting. Each relies on instinct and wants its audience to feel its meaning or expression nonetheless.

“Camera Eyes: On Poetry,” will exhibit approximately 30 pieces of poetry and photography based on my book Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks, from January 17 until February 7 . It will concurrently run with the Regional Poetry Out Loud competition at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Manassas. In 2019 I had the honor of judging the Poetry Out Loud competition.

What is Sappho Publishing?

Sappho is a new startup publishing company. Begun in March of 2018 in Manassas, Virginia, Sappho Publishing is operated by the mother and daughter team of JoAnn and Tara Koff. The press focuses on poetry and aims to release books that share a zest for the creative spirit. 

Photos from the First Friday Book Signing in Manassas, VA

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What is Sappho Publishing?

Sappho is a new startup publishing company. Begun in March of 2018 in Manassas, Virginia, Sappho Publishing is operated by the mother and daughter team of JoAnn and Tara Koff. The press focuses on poetry and aims to release books that share a zest for the creative spirit. 

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