Contact: britt.kaufmann@gmail.com

Britt lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  She is a math tutor at the local high school (think of some combination of kindergarden aid meets inbedded wartime reporter). She also enjoys working in her garden and reading. Unable to pick just one thing, she also enjoys graphic design, photography, and quilting/sewing. For years, she was a regular teaching artist with Penland School of Craft's Subs with Suitcases program.

Her poetry and prose have appeared in various publications:  Scientific American, J Journal: New Writing on Justice, Anabaptist World, Soft Star, Cosmic Daffodil, Kakalak Poetry Anthology (2007, 2008 & 2022), Main Street Rag, WNC Magazine, Now & Then, WNC Woman, The Mennonite and The Pedestal Magazine among others.

As founding planner, the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is always a part of her yearly cycle and she remains involved peripherally. She also hosted Eve's Night Out, a monthly open-mic poetry reading in Burnsville for ten years pre-pandemic.

Her first full-length play, An Uncivil Union: The Battle of Burnsville (a romantic comedy set in the middle of actual events that occurred in Burnsville during the Civil War) was produced as a part of the Parkway Playhouse's 2011 season.  Her second play Between the Tackles, written with Stephanie Stark-Poling premiered in September of 2012 on the same stage.  She was awarded a 2012 Regional Artist's Project Grant to aid the completion and production of this play. Her chapbook of poems Belonging was published by Finishing Line Press.

Midlife Calculus is her first full-length poetry collection (Press 53 September 2024).

w r i t i n g   r e l a t e d  e x p e r i e n c e s 

Guest speaker at Appalachian State course in Appalachian Literature; Western Carolina University on playwriting for Pamela Duncan's creative writing class; Duke University on Mrs. Dalloway and The Hours for a film class on adaptations 

2012 Artist in Residence with Toe River Arts Council -- week-long in-school residencies teaching poetry

2012 recipient of the Regional Artists Project Grant from area Arts Councils for the completion of Between the Tackles

2011 was interviewed by Jeff Davis for WordPlay Radio program 

2011 read as a part of Asheville's poetry festival Wordfest!

Member of the steering committee of the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

2006 - Publicity Chair & Web Designer

2007 - Author Recruitment, Publicity Overseer & Webmaster

2008 - Publicity Chair & Web Designer Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

               wrote a commissioned poem for the festival and the Slow Book Salon

2009 - Publicity Chair & Web Designer (program committee)

2010 - Publicity Chair, Web Designer & Program Committee

2011 - Publicity Chair, Web Designer, Author Liaison & Program Committee (and presenting author)

       2012 - Graphic Designer 

       2013 - Program Committee Chair & Graphic Designer

       2014 - Graphic Designer

       2015 -2016  Graphic Designer & on the Publicity Committee

       2017 - 2019 Graphic Designer

Host of Eve's Night Out - a local poetry reading - 2005-2019

Co-founded the Lost County Writers critique group in 2005-2009

Formal Jobs:

Math tutor @ Mountain Heritage High School (2019-present)

Graphic Designer at Parkway Playhouse (2013-2019)

Sub with a Suitcase for Yancey & Mitchell County Schools - an innovative program created by

             Penland School of Crafts and Mimi Hermon to train studio artists to be subs and bring more art

             into the classrooms through already established channels. (2012-2018)

High School English Teacher  (1997-2002) & Participant in National Urban Alliance teacher training for two years. NUA