Carolee Bennett (then Carolee Sherwood) was the featured poet at the Poets Speak Loud open mic, guest-hosted by Thom Francis and Keith Spencer, at our old home, Tess’ Lark Tavern, on Monday, February 22, 2010.

Carolee is a painter, mixed media artist and poet living in Upstate New York. She has roots in northern Maine, where she was born and raised in a paper mill town along the Penobscot; in West Virginia, the college “home among the hills” where she received an undergraduate degree in journalism; and Portland, Oregon, where she started craving a stronger sense of herself.

Her poetry is published locally and nationally and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She reads and features at open mics throughout Upstate NY. In 2010, she was the “almost” poet laureate of Smitty’s Tavern in Voorheesville, New York, placing as first runner-up in the inaugural contest.

Carolee is the moody single mother of three very tall boys. She works as a writer in social media marketing and is pursuing her MFA in creative writing (poetry) from Ashland University (a low-residency program based in Ohio).