Saturday, June 10, 2017

Interview with Kathryn Stripling Byer available

For those who knew Kathryn Byer and those who would like to know more about her, an excellent interview with her was done by Jack Prather in his book Six Notable Women of North Carolina. Pictures you have not seen elsewhere are in this book. Find it on

Biography of Late NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer
Appears in Six Notable Women of North Carolina

A biography of the late Kathryn Stripling "Kay" Byer, 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.

Both books of biographies were nominated for the North Carolina Literary & Historical Association Ragan Award for Non-Fiction, and  are available at

Jack J. Prather

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