Carolee Bennett is a painter, collage 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 learned to cultivate a stronger sense of herself.
Her poetry is published locally and nationally and has won Best of the Net distinction from Sundress Publications (2018). She reads and features at open mics throughout Upstate NY and earned an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from Ashland University, a low-residency program based in Ohio. 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 full-time as a writer in social media marketing.
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