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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."

Sunday, April 8, 2012


How will you celebrate National Poetry Month?
Poetry is an important part of my life. I will celebrate  by teaching  a Poetry Writing Class at Institute For Continuing Learning  at Young Harris, Georgia. This is a small class for practicing poets only. We will meet for six weeks. I can think of no better way to celebrate poetry than to meet once a week with fellow poets and share our knowledge of poetry. 

Lucky for me, I have also been invited to read my poems during this special month at POETS AND WRITERS READING POEMS AND STORIES at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown.                                                
Later in the month I will attend The Evening of Art and Poetry sponsored by the Clay County Arts Council to be held at the Hayesville High School Lecture Hall. This year’s poetry judge and special guest is Robert S. King. This is an annual art and poetry contest which I co founded with Reba Beck twenty one years ago. I am happy to see it continue. 

How do you celebrate National Poetry Month? Tell us.


Nancy Simpson said...

If you are a practicing poet and if you are interested in what is happening with poetry LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE, check back on the blog for POET OF THE MONTH -- April--FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH. It will be news to most of you, a secret reveal, the publication of a new full length poetry collection by one of our treasured poets.

Robert S. King said...

A special month for poetry is always a good thing. For me, however, every month is poetry month. I am thankful to have the opportunity at last to pursue the thing I love most.

I also wish to acknowledge the many fine poets I have met during the past two years after I moved to mountains. I hope I have given something in return. I have certainly been kept busy with poetry activities largely initiated by those new poet friends--and that certainly includes you, Nancy. I also thank Glenda Beall for her ongoing efforts. There are too many others to name. Just know that I appreciate you all.

A nationally recognized month affords a special opportunity to make others more aware of our art. In these troubled economic and political times, poetry can be both the truth teller and the comfort people need. Let's never let up in our quest to spread the word.

Judy Roney said...

You have a full month of celebration, Nancy. I have accepted the challenge of a poem a day and I am pleased that I am keeping up. I am also attending some poetry readings. It is such a joy to hear poets reading their own work. Happy Poetry Month to you and all poets.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Sounds as though you have a lot of wonderful things planned for April to celebrate National Poetry Month. I sure want to attend your poetry reading at the Folk School and also I want to hear Robert read at the HHS Lecture Hall. There are a lot of exciting things going on locally this month to celebrate poetry.