- 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."
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
THE BEST KEPT SECRET FOR WRITING STUDENTS IN THE SOUTH
Hidden in the far southwestern corner of North Carolina is a thriving, 83 year old school of arts and crafts - The John C. Campbell Folk School. That is no secret, for thousands of students come for classes each year. The news that is not reaching writers is that J.C.C.F.S. offers writing classes. Last year the school opened its new Writing Studio. Students come for a week or a weekend. The outside world seems to disappear as they focus on their writing.
J.C.C.F.S. is like a second home to me, and I go there as often as possible. A number of my poems were written there. I am lucky to have a reason sometimes to be there, at least part time. For fifteen years, I have served as Resident Writer. It's a small job, but it is important to me, because I have an opportunity to plan and schedule the writing classes.
The year 2008 is coming to the end. Yes, the hard freeze is coming, maybe tonight. Writers must find a way to keep writing when all else shuts down. In my planning, at the folk school, I thought carefully about the kind of writing classes that keep writers writing, even in the dead of winter.
Above you will find the list of winter classes. Check it out. Sign up. I hope to see you there.
Comments are especially welcome form former folk school writing students.