The town of Bethel has named its first poet laureate, and you can meet her on Saturday (November 10) at Byrd's Books on Greenwood Avenue.

Cortney Davis is a nurse-practitioner, and much of her writing is derived from her medical experiences. She says,

While I do write about things other than medicine, I'm most often drawn to the intersection of health and illness, and to the mysteries of the body. In writing, it's possible to view the illness experience from both sides of the sickbed―what we as patients might experience as well as what we as caregivers experience.  Most of all, I try, in poetry and prose, to understand the complexities of caregiving, that most intimate of human relationships.

According to Bethel's website, the poet laureate position is a two-year post that involves composing poems for special events, and helping to expand the community's knowledge of poetry and literature.

Cortney will be joined by other finalists for the poetry honor on Saturday night at 6:30 PM at Byrd's Books, 178 Greenwood Avenue. Cortney and others will read some of their poetry, and her books will be available for sale. Light refreshments will be served. For more information on Cortney, visit her website.

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