Gary Carden started The Liars Bench in the late Spring of 2010. He is a recipient of the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Brown-Hudson Folklore Award. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Folklore and Theater by Western Carolina University. Gary has eight produced plays. He told his first stories to 150 White Leghorn chickens in a dark chicken house when he was six years old. Gary’s audience wasn’t terribly attentive and tended to get hysterical during the dramatic parts. Gary lives in Sylva with “Jack,” his faithful Jack Russell terrier.