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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."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Scott Huler Author of Six Nonfiction Books has been named PIEDMONT LAUREATE

(from News Observer)
RALEIGH -- Author Scott Huler has been named the third Piedmont laureate, a position designed to promote the art of writing in a five-county area.
Huler, a former feature writer at The News & Observer, has written six nonfiction books. His work has been published in anthologies, national magazines and newspapers, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio and American Public Media.
Huler lives in Raleigh with his wife, fiction writer June Spence, and their two children. He will be introduced to the public in his new role at 8 a.m. today at the N.C. Museum of Art's East Building auditorium.

The one-year position includes a $7,000 honorarium and requires the laureate to give readings and workshops, participate in public functions and come up with at least one original activity. Huler's schedule will be posted at piedmontlaureate.com .

Novelist Zelda Lockhart held the position last year, and poet Jaki Shelton Green was the first Piedmont laureate. The program is sponsored by the arts commissions in Raleigh and Durham and in Orange, Johnston and Alamance counties, along with the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.

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