A Biography of Late NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer
in Hendersonville Author's Six Notable Women of North Carolina
A biography of the late Kathryn Stripling "Kay" Byer of Cullowhee, the first woman and longest-serving (2005-2009) Poet Laureate in the state, is featured in Six Notable Women of North Carolina by Jack J. Prather of Hendersonville, founder of the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College. The 43-page biography includes poems selected by the poet who passed away on June 5th, plus photos reflecting her life journey.
Another writer among the subjects in Prather's 2015 sequel to Twelve Notables of North Carolina published in 2012 is Kathy Reichs of Charlotte, a renowned novelist and inspiration for the long-running 'Bones' TV series. Other are world record Appalachian Trail hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis of Asheville and formerly Hendersonville, former UNCA Chancellor Anne Ponder of Asheville, former NC Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker of Rutherford, and Center for International Understanding Founder Millie Ravenel of Raleigh.
Both books of biographies were nominated for the North Carolina Literary & Historical Association Ragan Award for Non-Fiction, and are available at amazon.com/books.
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