NCLR Celebrates Poetry Month with Amber Flora Thomas and Catherine Carter

NCLR writers celebrate indie bookstores, poetry month, and the release of the 2018 online issue with readings by Amber Flora Thomas, Catherine Carter, and Sally Thomas.  
Amber Flora Thomas was the judge of the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Competition, and she selected Catherine Carter’s "Womb-room" as the winning piece.  

Amber Flora Thomas is the author of three collections of poetry: Red Channel in the Rupture (2018), The Rabbits Could Sing (2012), and Eye of Water (2005), which won the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize, and Ann Stanford Prize. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and faculty member. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at East Carolina University in North Carolina. 

Catherine Carter earned a PhD in English Methods, Poetry, and American Literature from the University of Delaware. She is a Professor of English at Western Carolina University, where she teaches creative writing and English education. Her poetry collections include The Memory of Gills (2006; reviewed in NCLR 2007 and recipient of the Roanoke-Chowan Award), The Swamp Monster at Home (2012; reviewed in NCLR Online 2013), Marks of the Witch(2014), winner of the press’s chapbook contest), and Larvae of the Newest Stars (2019). Carter reviews for NCLR frequently, and her poems have appeared in several issues, including NCLR 2018, in which her third-place Applewhite poem was published. 

Sally Thomas received second place in the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition, and that poem will be published in the 2019 print issue. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Fallen Water (2015) and Richeldis of Walsingham (2016), both from Finishing Line Press. Other recent honors include the 2017 Editors’ Choice Award in Fiction from Relief and Honorable Mention in Ruminate’s Janet McCabe Poetry Prize competition. A native of Memphis, TN, she lived in Salt Lake City, UT, and in Cambridge, England, before settling ten years ago with her family in Lincolnton, NC. Her forthcoming collection of poems,Motherland, will be released this year. 

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Red Channel in the Rupture Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597096195
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Published: Red Hen Press - September 18th, 2018

The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems (The Alaska Literary Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781602231597
Availability: Special Order - Unlikely to be Available
Published: University of Alaska Press - February 15th, 2012

Swamp Monster at Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807142806
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Louisiana State University Press - February 13th, 2012

The Memory of Gills Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807131763
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Published: Louisiana State University Press - September 1st, 2006