all the cool aliens and monsters are at the independent bookstore! Welcome to Catherine Carter’s poetry page!
Catherine is the author of three full-length collections of poetry–Larvae of the Nearest Stars, The Swamp Monster at Home, and The Memory of Gills, all with LSU Press.  Her work has been recognized with a Roanoke-Chowan Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, a James Applewhite Poetry Prize from the North Carolina Literary Review, a Jacar Press chapbook contest win (Marks of the Witch, 2013), several awards for individual poems, and publication in numerous peer-reviewed magazines and jounrals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Orion, The Cortland Review, Tar River Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, and others, as well as with several Pushcart nominations.   She is the interim managing editor for Cider Press Review and the Jackson County representative of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.  You can e-mail her at or phone her at Western Carolina University, 828-227-3931.

Can we just switch to the first person now that the bio’s over?–As a professor at Western Carolina University, I teach poetry, English Education, and grammar.  As you might imagine, these connect at all kinds of levels.  If you’re a 9-12 English teacher in or near southern Appalachia, I’d be glad to correspond with you to exchange strategies for making poetry less frightening and painful to your students and to brainstorm more ways to use poetry to address the CCSS or NC SCoS.  If the scheduling can be managed, I also enjoy visiting classrooms (on a volunteer basis) to show students some accessible, non-frightening poems and talk about how to interact with them without shame, fear, or harm.  (I don’t mean my own poems–this isn’t a ploy to inflict my work on kids.  This is about teaching.)   So give a shout if you need an accessible, teacher-trained poet  for your literary festival, Visiting Writers series, or class visits–it’s a crying shame how many kids hate and fear poetry before middle school, and I’d love to help move that needle a smidge in the other direction.