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Kathryn Stripling Byer is the new poet laureate for the state of North Carolina. She is the state's fifth poet laureate and the first women to hold the position since its creation seventy years ago. A native of Georgia, she came to North Carolina at the age of twenty-one to study creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Byer has received a number of awards for her poetry including the Lamont Prize in 1992 for the best second book by an American poet and the Southeast Booksellers Association Best Book of the Year in Poetry Award in 2003.