Caroline County native Catherine Carter will read from her new book of poems, The Swamp Monster at Home, on Wed., April 4 at Adkins Arboretum. In this, her second full-length collection, classical sirens sing from a Chesapeake Bay island and a Norse goddess strides into an emergency room, “glowing like grain.” With quirky imagination and wry humor, Carter exposes the connections between human and nonhuman, blood and home.
Many of Carter’s poems reflect growing up on the Eastern Shore near the Chesapeake Bay. “Losing the Way” remembers times in the wooded floodplain of the Choptank River, while “There is a Tide” recalls boating and being aground on a Miles River island. The vivid and tender poems in The Swamp Monster at Home consider the immanent and sometimes animistic natural world. Varied in form, the collection offers accessible and rewarding, elegiac yet hopeful poems—an exciting new compilation from a remarkable writer.
Carter was born and grew up near Greensboro and attended Caroline County public schools. She currently is a professor of English and director of the English education program at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. Her debut book of poems, The Memory of Gills, received the 2007 Roanoke-Chowan Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her poem “Toast” won the 2009 North Carolina Writer’s Network Randall Jarrell award. Her work has also appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Orion and Best American Poetry 2009, among others.
Carter’s reading begins at 5 p.m. Both the reading and the following reception are free to the public. To RSVP, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.
Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.