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Arts & Entertainment WCU faculty member wins poetry award

Catherine Carter Photo by Terri Clark Photography, SylvaCatherine Carter, an associate professor of English at Western Carolina University, won the Poet Laureate’s Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society for her work titled “Day of the Dead.”

The poem is about and was inspired by raking leaves on the road on a November day, said Carter.

Carter’s previous honors include winning first prize in Still: The Journal’s 2013 poetry contest, the 2009 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network, publication in the Best American Poetry 2009 anthology, two nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the 2007 Roanoke-Chowan Award. One of Carter’s poems also was recently featured in the Winston-Salem Writers “Poetry in Plain Sight” program.

A resident of Cullowhee, Carter coordinates the English education program at WCU. She is currently working on a scholarly book about 20th-century author Kathleen Thompson Norris.





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