Kathryn Stripling Byer
Kathryn Stripling Byer grew up in southwest Georgia, graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied with Allen Tate, Fred Chappell, and Robert Watson. Her books of poetry include Catching Light (Louisiana State University Press, 2002); Black Shawl
(1998); Wildwood Flower (1992), which
was the 1992 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets; and
The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest (1986), which was published in the
Associated Writing Programs award series.
Byer's poems have appeared in Arts Journal, Carolina
Quarterly, Georgia Review, Hudson Review, Iowa Review,
Nimrod, Poetry, and Southern Review, as well as numerous
anthologies. Her essays have appeared in Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by
Appalachian Women Writers (edited by Joyce Dyer; University Press of
Kentucky, 1998), Dream Garden: The Poetic Vision of Fred Chappell
(edited by Patrick Bizzaro; Louisiana State University Press, 1997), The
Boston Globe, and Shenandoah.
Kathryn Stripling Byer has received writing fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. She is
poet-in-residence at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.