Literary Biography

     Can a poem breathe?  Can it live?  Can it set you down on some elevated vantage you’ve never visited and reveal a place you’ve never dreamed?

     I’m looking for that poem.  I want to stare across its rippled surface and discover in its reflection something that words can’t name.

    Bud Caywood’s poems have taken me at times to that unnamed place.  He is an artist, a canoer, a fellow birder, and his verse often endeavored to capture that singular moment of inchoate atmosphere.  You want to enter the words he’s placed on the page.  You want to return there.   ―Bill Griffin (Editor, Griffin Poetry)

Bud Caywood’s prose and poetry has been published more than 200 times and have been included in Thundersandwich, Wild Goose Poetry ReviewReferential Magazine, Griffin Poetry, Dead Mule School for Southern Literature, Asheville Writer’s Workshop,  Blogging Along Tobacco Road, Best of Poetry Hickory, and Pinesong by the North Carolina Poetry Society.  His first full-length collection of poems Blue, was published in 2001 by Morris Publishing, Kearney, NE.  He has written thirteen chapbooks including The Feather Collector, a collaboration with poet Gina Ball in traditional Japanese haiku.  He is the founding editor of Bloodshot: Journal of Contemporary Culture.  He is a long time member of the North Carolina Poetry Society and has served on its board, and a regular contributor to the Art of Poetry at the Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC.


Bud Caywood’s “Morning Arrives At An Oblique Angle” after Stephen Brooks

 Art of Poetry in the Hickory Museum of Art  - Face-to-Face In The Foothills: Poetry Gathering