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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, February 2, 2012


Hello Poets, Writers, and Friends,

Yes, I am still connected to NC Writers Network West, still a consultant. I strongly recommend their programs for writers living in the far western NC mountains, where there are literally no other on-going programs for writers.  These three programs featuring writers reading their work are free and open to the public. This is one way to meet other writers and a way to introduce yourself and learn more about NCWN West and our programs.

In February, three  programs you will want to attend are (1) COFFEE WITH THE POETS which presents one featured poet per month, with an open mic for all and ( 2) WRITERS NIGHT OUT that features one poet each month with an open mic for all and (3) POETS AND WRITERS READING POEMS AND STORIES  at John C. Campbell Folk School which features two readers, often one poet and one fiction writer who are publishing authors and members of NCWN West. --Nancy Simpson


You don't want to miss Bob Groves, featured reader this month at Coffee with the Poets.
Come early to get a good seat. Cafe Touche, 82 Main Street, Hayesville, NC
Open mic follows Bob's reading. Bring something to read, a poem or short prose piece.

Put the date on your calendar now. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m.

We look forward to seeing everyone again.See you there,
Founder of Coffee With the Poets, Glenda Beall

Here's the press release with information on the poet reading at the next Writers' Night Out Feb 10. Hope to see you there. He does a fun and intelligent reading. --Karen Holmes


FEB 1, 2012 – Atlanta poet Rupert Fike will be the featured reader at Writers’ Night Out at Mountain Perk Coffee House in Hiawassee on Friday, February 10 at 7 p.m.  Audience members can also participate in an open microphone if they’d like to share their own poetry or prose. This is a free monthly event for people who love the written and spoken word.
Fike’s collection, Lotus Buffet (Brick Road Poetry Press), has earned him a nomination for Georgia Author of the Year 2011 in poetry. Two of the poems in the book have also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Writer Barbara Hamby says, “What happens when you cross a Southern raconteur with a Buddhist monk? You get Rupert Fike’s exhilarating poems.” His work has been published in Rosebud, The Georgetown Review, Natural Bridge, The Atlanta Review, The Cortland Review, storySouth, The Blue Fifth Review and others. He has a poem inscribed in a downtown Atlanta plaza, and his non-fiction work, Voices from The Farm, accounts of life on a spiritual community in the 1970s, is now available in paperback.  
 Writers’ Night Out takes place on the second Friday of each month and is open to the public. The event draws approximately 30 people from four counties. Mountain Perk Coffee House is located at 1390 Highway 76 East in Chatuge Harbor Plaza across from Towns County High School. Food, gourmet coffees and other refreshments are available for purchase. Each open microphone reader can sign up at the door and has two-and-a-half minutes to read.
            For more information, please contact Karen Holmes at (404) 316-8466 or kpaulholmes@gmail.com, or call Mountain Perk at (706) 896-0504.

Poets Glenda Barrett and Mary Ricketson will read their original poems at John C. Campbell Folk School.

Folk School on Feb.16th are two of the best you will hear, both authors with books in print: Mary Ricketson of Hanging Dog, NC ,  author of I Heard the River Call My Name  and Glenda Barrett of Hiawassee, Georgia, author of When the Sap Rises. Contact Program Coordinator Linda Smith
(828) 389-9849.

NC WRITERS NETWORK WEST  also offers to members only, two writing critique groups that meet once a month at Tri County Community College, one for poets and one for prose writers.  

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