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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, October 20, 2011

Deep in the Southern Appalachian Mountains - NCWN West Writers Celebrates Twenty Years of their professional writing organization known as NC Writers Network West.

Imagine - Twenty years for us "unknown" writers of the NC State. Twenty years later, we are still about the business of writing. If anything true can be said,  it is this. We consistently celebrate writing. Against all odds, our writers are still here, still writing, still publishing, never winning of course, but that could change. I  overheared a conversation between two poets who were agreeing, a composit of their statements:  "I'd rather see a review of my book in Prairie Schooner than to be a finalist in  the I NEVER HEARD OF IT contest."

 On the shores of Lake Chatuge, near Hayesville, North Carolina on Sunday October 16, 2011
Rosemary Royston, Program Coordinator

Rosemary Royston and Susan Anderson

Shirley Uphouse, former Program Coordinator
Invited Guest, visiting the area, Poet and Publisher Scott Owens
Poet Carole Richard Thompson ( NCWN West's Georgia Representative) and her husband, Norm

Poet Brenda Kay Ledford, Judy and Bob Grove
Brenda Kay Ledford, Nancy Simpson

Linda M. Smith

Karen Paul Holmes and Maren O.Mitchell

Visitor, Janet Bentley, Peg Russell, Janice Moore


Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Nancy, everybody looks happy in these photos. A gorgeous day. I'm sorry I couldn't be there.

Glenda Beall said...

I'm so glad the picnic was well attended. This is the first one I've missed, I believe. I know all had a great time. I congratulate US for being such a find literary organization.
NCWN West is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

You captured the picnic beautifully Nancy through your artistic eye. Looks like everyone had a great time. All of the writers of western NC (including myself) owe you a huge debt of gratitude for having the courage and conviction to organize a group over here in the far west part of the state.

Also congratulations on 3 years of blogging. It was in October three years ago that we sat in the computer room in Hayesville and hit the "publish" button for our blogs.

Your friendship means a great deal to me.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the great pictures. It was a fun day. Glad I finally got to see you after too long. Karen Paul Holmes

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Thanks for posting the photos of the Netwest Picnic. It was a gorgeous day and I enjoyed the readings very much.