NC Literary Hall of Fame




SYLVA—On Sunday, October 1, the North Carolina Writers' Network and NCWN-West will celebrate the life of Kathryn Stripling Byer (1944-2017).

The event will take place at the Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva, from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Click here to view the event information on Facebook.

Speakers include:

Guests will listen to a recording of Byer reading a poem, and hear one of her poems set to music. A reception follows. Additional programming will be announced soon.

Kathryn Stripling Byer served as North Carolina’s Poet Laureate from 2005 through 2009. She has published six collections of poetry, including Wildwood Flower, which won the Lamont Award (now the James Laughlin Award) from the Academy of American Poets, and Coming to Rest, for which she received the Hanes Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She was a longtime Program Coordinator for NCWN-West and Jackson County regional rep for NCWN. She was a 2012 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

"She went to bat for me on more than one occasion and I will never forget it," says current NCWN-West Program Coordinator Glenda Council Beall. "When a problem arose, I e-mailed or called Kay Byer, and she always helped me work it out."

To learn more about the poet who many affectionately referred to as Kay, visit her page on the website of the NC Literary Hall of Fame. There, visitors can watch Kay read poems, sample her work, and listen to interviews.

NCWN-West (North Carolina Writers' Network-West) is a program of the North Carolina Writers' Network. It was created in 1992 with the mission of supporting writers in the nine westernmost counties of North Carolina, as well as adjacent counties in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina and to alleviate the isolation of writers living in this mountainous area by providing programs, resources, and community.  

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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