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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, October 11, 2011

CALLING ALL POETS - Plan to Head Out for Asheville For the BIG Fall Writing Conference

The Cherokees believed that the spot where Asheville now sits was a center of spiritual and creative energy.

Plenty of modern-day Ashevillians will tell you that it still is.

If you are a poet, and want to absorb a little of that energy while receiving top-flight instruction in the craft, then come be a part of the Network’s 2011 Fall Conference, November 18 – 20 at Asheville’s DoubleTree Hotel.
October 11, 2011
(Photo taken  when NCWN's Fall Conferene was previously held in Asheville) Anthony Abbott, one of North Carolina’s most beloved poets and teachers, will lead this year’s Master Class in Poetry, “Memorization, Recitation, and the Art of Poetry.”  “We cannot fully understand a poem by simply ‘studying’ it academically, nor can we bring own poems to completion without reciting them aloud to ourselves and others,” Abbott said.  “So we will explore the process of oral recital and memorization and the movement from memorization to public performance, and look at what we learn about the poem itself from that process.”  Space in the Master Class is limited, so register now.

Other poetry workshops include “Poetry, Archetypal Imagery, and You” with Katherine Soniat; “Writing Momentously” with Scott Owens; “Poetry Writing Here and Now” with Nancy Simpson; “The Power of Poetry” with Keith Flynn; and “Prose Poetry, Point of View, and Personal Archive” with Holly Iglesias.

The Fall Conference also offers you a chance to sit down for half an hour, one-on-one, with a publishing professional.  If you have a rough draft you need to hone, sign up for the Critique Service with Rosemary Royston or one of our other experienced critiquers.  If you want your work to find a wider readership, the Marketing Mart will help you craft an effective marketing plan.

Of course, all the above could simply provide you with a convenient excuse to visit Asheville in the fall.

Starting this year, the Network will offer Mary Belle Campbell Scholarships to poets who teach full-time.  Please contact Ed Southern at ed@ncwriters.org if you want to apply.

October 19 is the deadline to reserve a room at either the DoubleTree or the adjacent Sleep Inn at a reduced conference rate.  Be sure to mention the North Carolina Writers’ Network if you make your reservation by phone at 828-274-1800 (DoubleTree) or 828-277-1800 (Sleep Inn); or visit this site to book a room at the DoubleTree.

October 31 is the deadline to sign up for the Master Class, Manuscript Mart, Critique Service, or Marketing Mart, but these offerings fill up fast.

November 11 is the deadline to register for the conference itself.  Visit www.ncwriters.org or call 336.293.8844 to register now, or to ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you in Asheville.

Copyright 2011

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