Cathy Smith Bowers

Like Shining from Shook Foil

The title of Ms. Smith Bowers’ new collection comes from a line in “God’s Grandeur,” the 1877 sonnet by Gerard Manly Hopkins. “This quote epitomizes my whole philosophy of the abiding image from which I write and from which I encourage my students to write,” says Smith Bowers, the Poet Laureate of North Carolina. “Every moment of intensity, joyous or painful, I have ever experienced—and have attempted to shine a light on through my poems—is the flaming out, I believe, of an energy, a source of power greater than myself.” This extraordinary volume comprises selections from Ms. Smith Bowers’ four collections of poetry and 19 previously uncollected poems.

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 2002 JB Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award. She now teaches in the Queens low-residency MFA program and at Wofford. The author of four earlier 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; and The Candle I Hold Up To See You, Iris Press, 2009–Smith Bowers is the current Poet Laureate of North Carolina.

One of six children, Cathy Smith Bowers was born and reared in the small mill town of Lancaster, South Carolina. She received her BA and MAT in English at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She went on to do graduate work in Modern British Poetry at Oxford University in England.

The Savannah Book Festival is a nonprofit organization that hosts a weekend-long celebration each year of the written and spoken word. The fourth annual festival will be held February 18-20, 2011. The festival is free and open to the public at Telfair Square in the Historic District of Savannah, Georgia.

This author’s appearance has been graciously sponsored by:

  • Southern Poetry Review