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Sandy Benson at Coffee with the Poets and Writers | Netwest

July 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Sandy Benson will be featured at the Wednesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m. meeting of Coffee with the
Poets and Writers at Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, NC. The event is free and open to the public. Since the mid-1970s she worked as a forester in Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Nebraska while moonlighting as a reporter, editor, publisher, and freelance non-fiction writer. Numerous newspapers and magazines have published her articles, and she received several awards from the Nebraska Press Women. In 2018 she and her husband, Barry, relocated to Warne, NC, where she continued working remotely for the Nebraska Forest Service until she retired in 2023. She now devotes most of her time to writing and several volunteer activities. She published her first book in 2021, My Mother’s Keeper: One Family’s Journey Through Dementia. Her second book, a collection of her father’s letters home from World War II, is currently being
published. She is working on two new books, a collection of humorous short stories about her life as one of America’s first female foresters and a political history of a National Scenic River in Nebraska.

Benson is a retired forester with a solid background in journalism. Her education includes a
Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. She also completed postgraduate work in English, business, and journalism, a master’s degree in organizational management (Natural Resources) from Chadron State College in Nebraska, and an honorary degree from the School of Hard Knocks, on campuses across the American west and high plains.

An open mic will follow Benson’s presentation. Please bring a poem or short prose piece of
about three minutes if you wish to participate.

Coffee with the Poets and Writers meets at the library every second Wednesday from March to
December and is sponsored by North Carolina Writers Network-West which includes members in Towns, Union, Fannin and Rabun Counties in Georgia as well as all the western counties of North Carolina.


July 10
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Joan Howard


Moss Memorial Library
26 Anderson St
Hayesville, NC 28904 United States
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