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Mary Norton Kratt

Mary Kratt’s books of poetry include The Only Thing I Fear Is A Cow and a Drunken Man (Carolina Wren Press), a chapbook which won the Oscar Arnold Young Award, On The Steep Side (Briarpatch Press), Small Potatoes (St. Andrews Press, 1999) and a chapbook, Valley, (Sow’s Ear Press, 2000). Her poems have appeared in Shenandoah, Tar River Poetry, New Virginia Review, Stone Country, New Mexico Humanities Review, Greensboro Review, Nimrod, Yankee, and others. Mary Kratt is a 1996 winner of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship to MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.

Twice winner of the Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network, she won the Fortner Writer-in-Community Award from St. Andrews College in 1994. Her book Small Potatoes won the Brockman/Campbell Poetry Book Award in 1999. She served on the Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council, and as an associate editor of the Southern Poetry Review. Because of her books and essays on Charlotte history, she was hired to write two walking tours of Uptown Charlotte and led regional day-trip history tours for teachers and residents for the Museum of the New South. She lives in Charlotte and taught part-time at UNC-Charlotte 1992-97.

Her books about Charlotte include:  New South Women: Twentieth Century Women of Charlotte; Charlotte: Spirit of the New South; Legacy: The Myers Park Story, and Remembering Charlotte: Postcards from a New South City, 1905-50, with Mary Manning Boyer.

Her BA from Agnes Scott College and MA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are in English literature.

Mary Norton Kratt, author of Charlotte


Books by Mary Norton Kratt

A Bird in the House (1991)

Charlotte: Spirit of the New South (1992)

The Imaginative Spirit (1988)

Legacy: The Myers Park Story (1986)

A Little Charlotte Scrapbook (1990)

Marney (1979)

My Dear Miss Eva (1990)

New South Women (2001)

The Only Thing I Fear is a Cow and a Drunken Man

On the Steep Side

Remembering Charlotte (2000)

Small Potatoes

Spirit Going Barefoot (1982)

Southern is . . . (1985)