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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, December 27, 2009


LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE will take a turn to feature even more Contemporary American Poetry in 2010. My site links with YOUR DAILY POEM managed by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, but my hope here is to specifically feature poetry by Southern and Southern Appalachian Poets who seem not to have a dependable forum on the planet. I will choose from among the best poetry I receive at nancy.simpson38@yahoo.com. I prefer to reprint poems you have already published.
My hope is to feature one published poet each month in their birth month. Contact me now to have your poems considered. 1) Send by e mail your name, birth month, title of your book, 3-5 poems and tell where they were published. You may also list how and where to buy your published work.

Other poets are invited also to send 2-3 poems, those with poems previously published in literary magazines or journals. Please tell where the poems were published so that credit may be given to the publication. I also plan to reprint poems throughout the year, no matter who is featured or not featured. Topics wanted are: Nature Poems, Environmental Poems, Moon Poems, Seasonal Poems, Holiday Poems. I am taken by poems about Grandmother, Mother, Father, Grandfather, the ancestors and all things Appalachian. I love lyric poems best, poems that give the reader "a moment in time, drenched in emotion, with a moment of knowing something not known before or with some truth known but forgotten."
More: If you live and write in the South or in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and have a book of poetry to sell, contact me. No money is made by me on this site. No fee is charged. My hope is to feature and celebrate your book publication. Of course, my secret hope will be that you will sell lots of books.

In 2008 and 2009, some of the authors featured were Kathryn Stripling Byer, John Stone, Bettie M. Sellers, Janice Townley Moore, Glenda Barrett, Ruth Falkner Grubbs, Patricia Neely-Dorsey and Glenda Council Beall.
Other poets featured were Karen Paul Holmes, Rachel Bronnum, Clarence Lee Newton, Maren O. Mitchell. Also featured were non fiction writer Eleanor Lambert Wilson, novelist William Reynolds and short story writer Ed Southern when their new books were published. I plan to double the posts on my site, so do send me some of your already published poems.

As 2009 goes down into history with its blue moon on Dec. 31st, I am making serious plans for 2010, and I am wishing you the best new year for your writing and for your own personal life. As for myself, announcements of my 2010 hopes and plans will come soon. Stay posted.


Jayne Jaudon Ferrer said...

Sounds like a great way to kick off the new year, Nancy! I'll send some poets your way and know you'll do the same for me.

Nancy Simpson said...

Hi Jayne, Yes I will, and please send me some poems. I would be happy to feature you as poet of the month. When is your birth month? You have my e mail or use the one listed here. Yes! Yes! I am pleased to know you. There is no doubt. Never! Meanwhile, I am wishing you all the best in 2010.

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Hi Nancy, actually southern Appalachian poets do have a forum on the planet, including several websites, blogs, journals, and anthologies. I can send you some of the sites as I find them. There is a new book due from LSU Press this spring titled Six Poets of the Mountain South that should spur renewed interest, as well.

Nancy Simpson said...

Hello Kay, It's so good to hear from you. Yes, please share your list. Keep us informed. I will spread the word. Southern and mountain writers and readers check in here. My goal is to provide more information than I did in the beginning of this site. I started it in 2008 and want to do more.
The author who is searched and read most is physician poet John Stone of Atlanta.

I am looking for southern and southern Appalachian Mountain poets with a book to sell. I have previously featured twelve or more.There is no fee. I reprint some of the poems and tell where the book can be bought. I also give a short bio of the author. It is a free opportunity for southern and southern Appalachian writers.