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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New: Read my poem "Getaway" at Typishly.

The next #PoetryInTheBoro is Sunday evening, Dec. 10. Event details are here on Facebook.

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

The next local League of Women Voters program will be on Tuesday evening, 1/9/2018. Our speaker will be from the Sycamore Institute, an independent, statewide, nonpartisan public policy research center on Tennessee healthcare. More details when available.

--- 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 much of my life's 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. In 2017 I was selected the inaugural poet laureate of Murfreesboro, TN, as part of the city's new Arts Laureates program.

Creative Work

HEAVEN WAS THE MOON - Poetry from March Street Press

Sample more of my poems on

  • #poetry
  • #reading
  • #writing
  • #genealogy
  • Work
    • Mentor, MTSU Write
  • Education
    • Middle Tennessee State University - B.S., M.S.