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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."

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Scott Owens is Vice President of NC Poetry Council and he teaches
English and Creative Writing at Catawba Community College in Salisbury, NC.

Poetry Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 10:00 am.

Come one and all.
David Rigsbee, a native of Durham and resident of Raleigh, has been selected by the Poetry Council of North Carolina to receive the Oscar Arnold Young Award for the best N.C. book of poetry published in 2010 for his collection “The Red Tower: New and Selected Poems,” published by New South Books.

Other winners receiving awards in this year’s Poetry Book Contest are noted N.C. poets Nancy Simpson, Honorable Mention for “Living Above the Frost Line,” and Joseph Bathanti, Honorable Mention  for “Restoring Sacred Art.” 
Michael Beadle will receive first place in the Light Verse Contest for “Because I Could Not Stop My Car”; and Sara Claytor receives first place in the Gladys Owings Hughes Family Heritage Contest for her poem “Blood Sister.”

All winners will have their poems published in the Council’s annual awards anthology, Bay Leaves, which will debut at Poetry Day, on Oct. 1 in the Peeler Crystal Lounge on the campus of Catawba College in Salisbury. This year’s Bay Leaves is dedicated to poet Nancy Simpson, who is being recognized for her  dedication to poetry and for her service to the writing community.
All winners will also be given the opportunity to read their poems aloud as part of Poetry Day and a reception will be held in their honor. A complete list of winners and more information on the Council and Poetry Day are available on the Council’s website at www.poetrycouncilofnc.wordpress.com.

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