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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."

Friday, September 23, 2011

You're Reading My Mail - (if you want to know about SIBA Conference

Letter to Nancy Simpson from NCWN:

September 22, 2011

Dear Member,
Thank you for giving the North Carolina Writers’ Network the opportunity to promote your book at last weekend’s 2011 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance conference in Charleston, SC. I staffed the Network’s table in the exhibit hall throughout the conference, where eleven books written by our members—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in a variety of genres—were displayed.

Rumor had it that conference attendance was up from last year, and traffic was steady at the Network’s table throughout the show. Every title drew interest, from booksellers, publishers, and featured authors, as well as exhibitors such as Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and many, many more.

One publisher, seeking humor writing, was overjoyed to be handed a copy of Helen Aitken’s It Only Happens to Me…Can You Dial 9-1-1? The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines gushed over Sandra Ervin Adams’ Through a Weymouth Window and Diana Renfro‘s Spanish Doors; Margaret A. Harrell’s Keep This Quiet: My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson and Stephanie Schmitz’ The Dead Girl generated a lot of buzz with their striking publicity materials; and word of mouth among booksellers was extremely positive for Angela Davis-Gardner’s enchanting novel Butterfly’s Child (not to mention how many people raved about the cover art….)

Booksellers from Florida to western North Carolina took copies of J. Logan Nicholson’s memoir Song of the Enotah – Maker of Music and were impressed with his collage of essays and poems; romantic-minded industry insiders and booksellers gobbled up copies of Crossroads at the Wilderness by Martina Vanderley; Maureen Wartski’s 2011 Next Gen Indie Book Awards Finalist Yuri’s Brush with Magic couldn’t have been displayed at a better time, what with interest in YA novels at an all-time high;

and folks were thrilled to get their hands on a copy of SIBA Finalist Nancy Simpson’s poetry collection Living Above the Frost Line. Most knew her name, but those that didn’t were utterly taken in by its enticing title….

Eighty-percent of the books from the display table were eventually handed out; the rest were donated to the non-profit organization Books for Heroes, a 501(c)(3) charity founded by George Scott of Peerless Book Store in Alpharetta, GA. Books for Heroes supplies quality books to American soldiers overseas.

Again, thanks for giving us the chance to promote your work. The quality of your books made my job easy—your books pretty much leapt off the table all weekend. Off the table, and into the hands of hundreds of avid readers.

Best regards,
Charles Fiore
Communications Coordinator
North Carolina Writers’ Network

Copyright 2011

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