Kory Wells

Poet & Writer, Advocate, and Murfreesboro Poet Laureate in Tennessee

Kory Wells

Poet & Writer, Advocate, and Murfreesboro Poet Laureate in Tennessee

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Hi! Here are some links I'm currently promoting on social media, followed by a bit more about me.

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My recent publications include "He Drove a Four-Door Chevy..." in Helen literary magazine and "Love Me Anyway" by Crannóg Magazine in Galway, Ireland.

For the 4th, I'm sharing my poem "They Taught Us in School to Sing of the Huddled Masses" in Apiary Magazine.

I write about local poets and poetry events in The Murfreesboro Pulse. Here's the July edition.

An exhibit by the Murfreesboro Cultural Arts Laureates is now on display, its title a nod to the popular poem "The Bridge Builder" by Murfreesboro native Will Allen Dromgoole. Read more in the Murfreesboro Voice

The next #PoetryInTheBorowill be Sunday, 7/8, at Murfreesboro Little Theatre. Learn more on Facebook

--- About me ---

"When I was young I wanted to go to the moon / but I've only made it to Milwaukee," begins my poem So Long to the Good Old Moon. The poem reflects my philosophy about love and finding contentment in life - even when things don't work out quite like you planned.

I really did want to be an astronaut when I was young, but I was way too nearsighted for NASA standards. Luckily, I also wanted to be a teacher, a country music singer, an architect, and... well, something different each day of the week.

Years later, I still have widely varied interests. But after more than 20 years in insurance analytics and technology, I'm now focused on my work as a poet and advocate for arts, democracy, afternoon naps and other good causes. I'm the principal founder and curator of Poetry in the Boro, a monthly reading and open mic series, and am serving a 2nd term as poet laureate of Murfreesboro, TN, as part of the city's new Cultural Arts Laureates program.

  • Work
    • Mentor, MTSU Write
  • Education
    • Middle Tennessee State University - B.S., M.S.