Kathryn Stripling Byer

City Lights Bookstore will host an opening reading of “Trawling the Silences,” a posthumous publication of works by Kathryn Stripling Byer, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday,

When she died from lymphoma in June 2017, Byer had just completed her seventh, and what would be her last, collection of poetry, “Trawling the Silences.”

The works revisit all her important themes – family and ancestry, the natural world, the inevitable process of aging and death, and the pressing issues of environmental degradation, racism and international conflict.

During her writing career, Byer received many honors and awards, including the Lamont prize for her second book, “Wildwood Flower,” the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Literature, in 2001, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.C. Arts Council. She was the first woman to be selected as the North Carolina Poet Laureate, and served from 2005-09. In 2012 she was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

To order copies of “Trawling the Silences” call City Lights Bookstore at 586-9499.