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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."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), a trade association representing over 300 bookstores, votes each year for their favorite southern book to recognize great books set in the South or having been written by a Southern author.

Radford University professor, Jim Minick, won the non-fiction award for “The Blueberry Years,” a memoir about his time operating a pick-your-own blueberry farm.

The 2011 winners are:

Children’s Winner: “Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)

Cooking Winner: “Southern My Way by Gena Knox (Gena Knox Media, LLC)

Fiction Winner: “Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)

Nonfiction Winner:  ”The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne Books)

Poetry Winner: “A House of Branches” by Janisse Ray (Wind Publications) 

Young Adult Winner: “Countdown“ by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)

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