BENJAMIN CUTLER was raised on a riverbank. He is an award-winning, Pushcart-nominated poet with work appearing or forthcoming in Cider Press Review, Cold Mountain Review, Pembroke Magazine, Noble / Gas Qtrly, Cumberland River Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Barren Magazine, and Longleaf Review, among others. Benjamin was awarded first place in the North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) 2019 Carol Bessent Hayman Poetry of Love Contest for his poem “Speak of Rivers,” awarded first place in the NCPS 2019 Poetry of Witness Contest for his poem “The Church of Unmaking,” and selected as a finalist for the NCPS 2019 Poet Laureate Award. Benjamin is also a husband, a father of four, and an English and creative writing teacher at Swain County High School in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina where he currently serves as the North Carolina Writers Network-West Swain County representative. When he’s not reading, writing, or playing with his children, Benjamin can be found on the creeks and trails of his mountain home. His full-length poetry book, The Geese Who Might be Gods, is available from Main Street Rag Publishing Company (2019).