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Secretary Susi H. Hamilton Releases Statement Regarding Death of Kathryn Stripling Byer


Secretary Susi H. Hamilton of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources issued the following statement after learning of the death of Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina’s fifth poet laureate and the first woman to hold the position. Byer passed away June 5, 2017.

“Kay’s voice will inspire us through her poetry that was often as painfully truthful as it was imaginative.  Today I hope each of us can read aloud our favorite poem and send those words up as a blessing of gratitude for the lyrical words of life that Kay left for us to treasure.” 

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