Kathryn Stripling Byer - recipient of the 2007 Hanes Prize for Poetry - grew up in rural southwest Georgia, graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and earned her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her books of poetry include Coming to Rest; Catching Light; Black Shawl; Wildwood Flower, which was the 1992 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets; and The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest. Byer's poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Hudson Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, and The Atlantic Monthly, as well as in numerous anthologies. She has received writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. She is currently Poet Laureate of North Carolina.