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Showing posts with label poetry readings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label poetry readings. Show all posts

Thursday, July 11, 2019


A native of western North Carolina, Benjamin Cutler is an English and creative writing teacher at Swain County High School in the southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina.

Benjamin Cutler
Benjamin is also a husband, a father of four, and he currently serves as the North Carolina Writers Network-West Swain County representative. In this position, he holds a monthly free meeting for writers and poets, open to the public, in Bryson City, North Carolina. 

When he’s not reading, writing, or playing with his children, Benjamin can be found on the creeks and trails of his mountain home. He loves the rivers and streams of the mountains.  

His full-length poetry book, The Geese Who Might be Gods, is available from Main Street Rag Publishing Company (2019).

–Pat Riviere-Seel, author of Nothing Below but Air & The Serial Killer’s Daughter says of Ben's poetry book, "At the heart of this collection are relationships in all their complexity – family, friends, students, and the natural world, especially our relationships with the nonhuman creatures. One poem concludes that a turkey vulture is “…not so different / from the rest of us / with your belly full of dead things / and your endless hungry search.” These poems may be an “endless hungry search,” but the reader will come away sated.

Ben will be in Hayesville,NC on Friday evening, July 26, at the Corner Coffee Shop on the square with Brent Martin, naturalist, writer and owner of Alarka Expeditions. Ben will be interviewed and will share some of his work from his latest book.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Poetry Weekend at Writers Circle

Writers circled around the table on Saturday to enjoy and learn from Scott Owens, a widely published poet and leader in the poetry world of North Carolina. His new book, One Who Knows How to Own Land, published by FutureCycle Press appealed to our local poets who couldn't wait to get their copies and have Scott sign them. 

Friday evening, Scott enthralled his audience when he read at Writers Night Out the popular event held at Brothers Restaurant in Young Harris, GA.
The crowd loved him and asked him to come back after open mike to read more of his poems. Scott said that was the first time he had been asked for an encore. I found a post by Scott on poetry readings,  You might enjoy his view on why we attend these events.

A prolific writer, he keeps turning out books and will have another published in the fall. Like Nancy Simpson, I would not be surprised to see him appointed Poet Laureate. Pay attention, Governor Perdue.