Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Janice Townley Moore and Nancy Simpson Honored for New Anthology Publication

Nancy Simpson and Janice Townley Moore, were honored at Coffee With the Poets, (N.C. Writers Network West) March 11, 2009 at Phillips and Lloyd Book Store on the town square in Hayesville, NC. The poets were recognized for having poems included in the recently released anthology, THE POETS GUIDE TO THE BIRDS, edited by Judith Kitchen and former US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, (2009 Anhinga Press, Tallahassee.)

Nancy Simpson and Janice Townley Moore

Janice Townley Moore read poems from the anthology, most of them related to sounds of birds, for example, “ Songbird” by John Brehm, which she said was one of the best poems in the book. Moore also read “Cardinal” by Bruce Bond, and she read her poem, “Teaching the Robins,” which is the title poem of her chapbook, published at Finishing line Press. “Teaching the Robins,” gives the reader an image of an English teacher attempting to teach the grief poetry of Emily Dickinson to the students in her classroom.

Nancy Simpson read several poems from the anthology, including Linda Pastan’s “The Birds,” and Gray Jacobik’s “ Flamingos.” She also read , “Cranes in August,” by Kim Addonizio and she dedicated the crane poem to poet Maren O. Mitchell who is a proficient poet as well as accomplished at making paper cranes. Nancy Simpson read her poem chosen for the anthology titled, “Carolina Bluebirds.”

The editors of THE POETS GUIDE TO THE BIRDS presented 151 contemporary American poets. Nancy Simpson said, “This is a different kind of field guide. You see a bird but when you look it up in this “poet’s guide”, you will find ten poems listed under Cardinal, thirteen under Crow, only one under Carolina Bluebird, and only one under Nuthatch and so on. Twenty-five poems are listed under Birdsong/Sound.

Editor Ted Kooser expressed the hope that “readers will enjoy this book just half as much as if they’d actually seen all the birds these poems represent.”

Poets attending Coffee With the Poets read their original poems in the open mic reading. Some of those poets celebrating birds were: Karen Holmes, Carole Thompson, Brenda Kay Ledford, Ellen Andrews, Maren O. Mitchell, Ann Cahill, Linda Smith and Glenda Barrett.

Poet Maren O. Mitchell

Poet Karen Holmes

Poet Glenda Barrett, author of WHEN THE SAP RISES, Finishing Line Press

To order a copy of THE POETS GUIDE TO THE BIRDS: or or contact Phillips and lloyd Bookstore in Hayesville, NC.


Glenda said...

I'm so sorry I was unable to attend this very special program. I look forward to reading my copy of the book, but it must have been great to hear Janice and Nancy read.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Dear Nancy,

I think "Coffee with the Poets" was one of the best meetings we have had. The theme on "Birds" was just wonderful. You and Janice did a great job reading your poetry. I've looked at your book and look forward to reading it. I enjoyed very much everyone reading their poetry about birds yesterday.

karenh said...

Sorry the picture of you and Janice is a bit blurry, but the two of you look good in it anyway. It was indeed a fun morning. Thanks for posting the pictures.

Nancy Simpson said...

Karen, No apologies needed. At least you tried to get some pictures, and that means a lot to me.

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Nancy, this is a grand anthology and one I want to put on my laureate blog. I'm glad you and Janice were able to celebrate its publication at Coffee With the Poets. I wish I could have been there.
My post on my visit to Coffee with the Poets is forthcoming---I promise! K.

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer said...

Oh, how I wish I'd been able to be there! The book sounds wonderful, and I would have loved the chance to sit at your feet and cheer. Hope there'll be another opportunity!

tipper said...

Sounds like a fun time was had by all-and Congratulations to you Nancy!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Nancy,
I've enjoyed some good reading on your blog tonight. Good write-up about Bettie Sellers. Thanks, Glenda