AmadorArts is proud to announce the winner of the first-ever Poet Laureate of Amador County: Kat Everitt. She will take on the two-year term of promoting poetry to schools and in the community, an honorary position that dates back to England in the 1600’s.
Everitt has been writing poetry since the age of eight. You might recognize her name and her poetry because currently she’s writing “Rivers and Rhymes twice weekly in the Amador Ledger Dispatch, a column for which she was recently honored with an award from the California Newspaper Publishers. She also won poetry awards in 2015 during the AmadorArts Mokelumne “River Reflections” Project, and in 2016 during the Calaveras Arts Council’s “AnimalScapes” Project.
Everitt resides with her husband Den McCue in Pioneer and has an accomplished life in many fields beyond being the devoted matriarch of a large family. She’s been a Public Health Registered Nurse; a K/12 Credentialed Teacher; Woodworker; Master Gardener; Swimmer/Scuba Diver/Amateur Oceanographer; Folksinger; and Radio Broadcaster/Interviewer. As the latter, she’s compiled 150 interviews of “Women Making a Difference” for KQBM.
In addition to creative writing, Everitt’s been a skilled technical writer, producing Nursing Programs; Teaching Curriculums; Grants; Non-Fiction work; and many Short Stories. In her two published cookbooks each recipe comes with a short poem.
She considers herself an Elder, “passing on my life's work to the Younger Ones, not for mentoring, but for collaboration and encouragement....I'm thankful for this Very Creative Life I've been given to share.”