Chris Semtner

An award-winning, internationally exhibited visual artist, Chris Semtner has had his works acquired by numerous public and private collections including the Virginia Historical Society, the City of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland. He also curates exhibits for museums, libraries, and art centers across the country with one of his most recent exhibits dealing with the scientific analysis of Edgar Allan Poe’s hair. The New York Times called the exhibit he curated for the Library of Virginia, Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster, “provocative” and “a playful, robust exhibit.”

Semtner has worked with the Latin Ballet of Virginia to develop the dance performances POEMAS and La Passion de Poe. He also co-created the innovative tour/performance Poe’s Haunted Homecoming, which sold out every show for three years. Semtner has presented solo dramatic performances in a variety of spaces around the country and will be appearing this fall at the Garth Newel Music Center in Bath County, VA.

As the curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Semtner has written, co-written, or edited several books about literature, visual art, popular culture, and cryptography. He has provided articles for, Crime Writers’ Chronicles, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, and Resources for American Literary Studies. His most recent book, The Poe Shrine: Building the World’s Finest Edgar Allan Poe Collection, is now available at Semtner regularly speaks to groups around the world about Poe, visual art, horror, and dark history and has been interviewed for documentaries airing on PBS, C-Span, BBC4, Military History Channel, and other networks.