- Nancy Simpson
- Nancy Simpson's LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE, New and Selected Poems was published by Carolina Wren Press (N.C. Laureate Series, 2010.) She is the author of ACROSS WATER and NIGHT STUDENT, State Street Press, still available on WWW at Alibris and Books Again. Her poems have been published in Southern Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review and other literary magazines. "Carolina Bluebirds" was published in THE POETS GUIDE TO THE BIRDS, Anhinga Press). "Grass" was reprinted in the 50th Anniversary Issue of Southern Poetry Review: DON'T LEAVE HUNGRY ( U.of Arkansas Press.) Seven poems were reprinted in the textbook, SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN POETRY,(McFarland.) Two poems were published in SOLO CAFE, Two more poems were published in SOLO NOVO."In the Nantahala Gorge" was published in Pisgah Review. "Studying Winter" was reprinted in Pirene's Fountain Anthology and "The Collection" in Collecting Life Anthology. Most recently, Southern Poetry Review Edited by James Smith, published "Our Great Depression," and The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. VII: NORTH CAROLINA,Edited by William Wright, reprinted "Leaving in the Dead of Winter."
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Welcome to Living Above The Frost Line
Hello, I'm Nancy Simpson, poet and writer.
I believe the mountains are my natural home on Earth. I came to the wilderness of western North Carolina with my husband and sons in 1960. We bought the top of a mountain and began spending all of our free time here. We built a rustic cabin, put our sons in school and lived here year round. I earned a BS in Education from Western Carolina University and began teaching in the village school. It was one of the happiest seasons of my life.
In time, my marriage ended and my sons left to make lives of their own. Only I stayed. My life ended. To go on, I had to start over. I did not know how to make a new life. As it turned out, all I had to help me was this mountain. Looking back, I see Cherry Mountain made me who I am.
Poetry came tumbling out. I took every class and workshop within driving distance. The Arts Journal published my first poem and The Georgia Review published my second one. I became a practicing poet. My first collection, a chapbook titled Across Water was published at State Street Press.
Warren Wilson College, near Asheville, offered a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Writing. I registered, was accepted and earned my MFA. My full length collection, Night Student, was published at State Street Press. I added teaching composition and creative writing part time at the community college in Murphy, NC to my schedule.
Welcome to my new blog. Living Above the Frost Line is a dwelling place for practicing free verse poets. Above the frost line, we give ourselves some extra growing time. I am still here, still practicing poetry, still studying, publishing, still teaching and still learning how to live. Yes, I know, the hard freeze will come, but until it arrives, I shall grow and share my poems.