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Michael Beadle

poet • author • writer-in-residence

What I've Written

Here's a list of some of my published work....

• Children's Poetry Collections: 

Does Your Goblin Have a Problem? (BookBaby, 2023)


What Makes a Giraffe Laugh? (BookBaby, 2022)


• Full-length Poetry Collection: Beasts of Eden (Press 53, 2018) 

           — nominated for the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry


 Poetry Chapbooks: Primer (Main Street Rag, 2017)

                                  — finalist for the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest

                                 Invitation (Main Street Rag, 2013)

                                Friends We Haven't Met (Maven Press, 2008)

                                An Invented Hour (Hard Times Press, 2004)


• Poetry CD: Kaboom (Stellar Media Productions, 2009)


History Books:

Canton (Arcadia, 2013)

Waynesville (Arcadia, 2010)

                     ** Winner of the 2012 Willie Parker Peace History

                     Book Award from the N.C. Society of Historians

Haywood County (Arcadia, 2010)

Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community

(Southern Historical Press, 2009)

**Winner of the 2010 President's Award

from the N.C. Society of Historians



"The Ball"   (flash fiction, published in Apple Valley Review, spring 2021)

                      —nominated for "Best of the Net" 2021

"Bruce" (flash fiction, published in moonShine review, spring/summer 2021)



See below for a series of free videos on YouTube that feature poetry performances and creative writing exercises.


"Alligator Cafe"


"You'll Never Catch Me"




Tips for Writer's Block


Shantangaroo (rhyming lesson)

• A Sample of Published Poems: "The Naming" / "A Town Too Small For Maps" / "Honey" / "Shibboleth" selected by N.C. Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer for "Poet of the Week" in June 2006

• N.C. Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers' radio interview with me on "Wordplay" (April 18, 2010) Audio Version

• Radio interview on "Wordplay" with Jeff Davis (Aug. 25, 2013) with readings from Invitation poems and more
Audio Version


• More Poem Samples:

Picklebug Ticklebug

Picklebug ticklebug

Tiny little toes

Noodlebug doodlebug

Fuzzy little clothes

Wigglebug jigglebug

Inching up a tree

Needlebug skeedlebug

Looking down at me

Michael Beadle



Birthday Wishes

I don’t want an anaconda for my birthday.

Don’t need a chimpanzee to bring me cake.

What I’d love is a hug from a panda,

And a sky of fireflies across a lake.

Michael Beadle



I'm a Ninja

(parody of Emily Dickinson's "I'm a Nobody! Who are you?")

I'm a ninja! Who are you?

Are you well versed in kung-fu?

Then we should star in movies!

They'd give us contracts, you know.

How dashing to be an actor!

How famous, like a hit song,

To have your name in lights—

What could possibly go wrong?

Michael Beadle



Bull Elk in Cataloochee

As pilgrims we come

in late summer, armed with Canons

and Nikons, drawn to the valley

once home to corn and cattle,

Palmers and Caldwells.

Thief-still, we stand watch

in a scrim of woods, waiting

for the flick of a tail, twitch of an ear,

branch of antler among burnt maple.

One by one, hoof and hide emerge

to graze in a sprawling meadow.

Chief among them steps forth,

snorts a musky breath.

For weeks he will forsake food

to herd his white-rumped harem,

ward off rivals with a single cry

that startles the air—

a long shrill note,

ancient, defiant,

a call to all things wild.

Our only reply is silence.

Michael Beadle



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