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Cathy Smith Bowers served as Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 2010-2012. Her poems have appeared widely in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Southern Review and The Kenyon Review. She served for many years as poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte where she received the J.B. Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award. She is the author of five collections of poetry: The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas (Texas Tech University Press, 1992); Traveling in Time of Danger (Iris Press, 1999); A Book of Minutes (Iris Press, 2004); The Candle I Hold Up To See You (Iris Press, 2009); and Like Shining from Shook Foil (2010).