Kathryn Stripling Byer

Cullowhee, NC 28723

Author's Bio

I served as NC's first woman Poet Laureate from 2005-2010 and was recently inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame. My most recent collection DESCENT was published in the LSU Press poetry series. I've read at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York, Yale University, UNC-Chapel Hill, among many others. My second book, WILDWOOD FLOWER, received the Lamont (now Laughlin) award for the best second book published by an American poet.

Publications and Prizes

Black Shawl
(Louisiana State University Press, 1998)
, Catching Light
(Louisiana State University Press, 2002)
, Coming To Rest
(Louisiana State University Press, 2009)
, Descent
(Louisiana State University Press, 2016)
, The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest
(Texas Tech University Press, 1986)
, Wildwood Flower
(Louisiana State University Press, 1992)
Arts & Letters, Atlantic Monthly, Callaloo, Carolina Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, Southern Review
Prizes Won: 
Hanes Award for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, Southern Independent Booksellers Award for Poetry, Laughlin Award

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Camilla, GA
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Last updated: Sep 04, 2014