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IN THE NIGHT FOREST
lost, returning late,
looking up through the understory,
up through the depths
of black water
to the fossils and the undead
stars
     with friends at a jukebox
     playing It’s a Beautiful Morning
     at midnight
     must get back
     to camp
I can’t see
for the darkness,
sounds start and stop
invisibly, eyes
grip a sliver of stars
that curves as trees
let me by.
Bindweed Magazine May 2016

Carol L. Deering has twice received the Wyoming Arts Council Poetry Fellowship (2016, judge Rebecca Foust; 1999, judge Agha Shahid Ali). Her poetry appears in online and traditional journals, and in the anthologies Ring of Fire: Writers of the Yellowstone Region and, more recently, Blood, Water, Wind & Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers. Once she had the privilege of interviewing Richard Hugo; that interview, published by Art Notes (Columbia Basin College), was reissued in CutBank [read more at Interviews]. Later she had the joy of driving Scott Momaday around the Wind River Indian Reservation to address a great many students. Feels like yesterday…  [read more at Publication, Sky Island Journal

She has written Wyoming Humanities Council speakers grants, was an outside evaluator for a WHC program on the Wind River Indian Reservation, and volunteered with the WHC “Barn Again!” project in Riverton. In all her involvement with the Council, she has had only positive experiences. She believes the Wyoming Humanities Council is essential to life!

At various times she has been chair of the Wyoming Library Association Intellectual Freedom and Academic/Special Committees.  She has worked with the Wyoming Arts Council Literature section to select roster artists. Twice she won the Arts in Action Pierrot award for writing, and then for a time was the contact person to nominate and present this award to other local writers.