Beth A. Cagle’s award-winning chapbook, The Fearless Tattoo, can be purchased on-line at www.shadowpoetry.com/bookstore/fearlesstattoo.html.
Senior Editor of moonShine review prose journal, Beth A. Cagle, is a North Carolina native who grew up in the small, central piedmont community of Alexis. Currently residing in Charlotte, NC, this poet, photographer, and previous newspaper reporter also serves as and college educator, having taught creative writing, literature and additional English courses at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Concord and Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. She formerly serve as Co-Editor of Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets for the anthology’s four years of publication from 2006 to 2009. Beth has also excelled as a newspaper reporter with the Lincoln Times-News in Lincolnton. She holds a Master of Arts degree in the English Writing Track and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Beth’s chapbook, The Fearless Tattoo, won Shadow Poetry’s Summer 2003 Chapbook Competition. Also, her poem “Sacrament to the Artistry of Geisha Gaia” won first place in the Simian Contest of Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue while her poem “Father’s Waning,” won first place in a Main Street Rag annual poetry contest. She has received other awards for her writing and photography.
This artist has had numerous poems and photographs accepted for publication in literary journals in the US, the UK, and Australia. Her poems have appeared in Slipstream, Tulane Review, Blue Collar Review, New York Quarterly, The Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Journal, and many other journals. She has also given a number of poetry readings.
Beth was featured photographer in moonShine review’s fall 2006 issue prior to being named co-editor. In fall 2003, she was also honored as featured artist for her photography in the GSU Review. Her black and white and color slide photographs have also appeared in Palo Alto Review, Maelstrom, Main Street Rag, Monas Hieroglyphica, Thrift Poetic Arts Journal, and other publications. She has been featured in photography exhibitions at a Hart Witzen Gallery studio, Barnes & Noble-Arboretum, and Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in Charlotte, NC.
The artist says, “Poetry and photography are my passions. Not only do I love to create artful poems and photographs, but also I enjoy experiencing an array of eclectic literary and photographic artistry, which makes editorships a definitive pleasure.”
Her favorite Carolina poets include Randall Jarrell, Fred Chappell, Gerald Barrax, Kathryn Stripling Byer, A Van Jordan, D. Christopher Davis, David Bottoms, Susan Ludvigson, Cathy Smith Bowers, Richard Garcia, Steve Lautermilch, Susan Myers, and Reynolds Price. Her all-time favorite poets include, but are not limited to, Emily Dickinson, Larry Levis, Jane Meade, Shaorn Olds, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, Timothy Liu, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Carlos Williams, Anne Sexton, T. S. Eliot, and Yannis Ritsos.
Raised in a small farming community, Beth A. Cagle comes from a true mountain backwoods, moonshining heritage, and even serves as senior editor of the prose journal moonShine review, though that’s a totally different kind of “Shine”. Her family swore off Shine running a generation or two back and went legal with her brother’s Woodmill Winery business just several years ago in Vale, NC. Beth writes about many topics, but growing up Southern is one of her favorite inspirations. This twenty-year big-city Charlotte, North Carolina, resident reckons she’s just a farm girl at heart.