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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."

Wednesday, January 2, 2013



Here Above the Frostline, the hard freeze has arrived. Gone now are the roses. Even the hardiest Camellias have faded. But you know the truth.  The flowers are not dead. Trees are not dead. They inform us year after year that they are still alive, still as busy as they can be, doing what they must do until spring.

It is the same for us writers and poets. Even though we must hunker down for the winter, we do not hibernate. There is work for us to do, stories and poems to write. 

This is the ideal time to tidy up our writing rooms. It is time to revise and to complete older works that have been stored away. It is time to evaluate and ask ourselves,"Is there a magazine that wants my story?" or "Is my poem ready for publication? Have I given it to the reader?"   If your answer is "yes," submit it, mail it. By the time spring arrives, when flowers push up through soil and leaves sprout on the trees, your stories and poems too will live.

In the spirit of sharing markets for writers and poets, I'm posting my most recent info about FutureCycle Press. It is still in operation and quite active. They published the work of ten individual writers last year and in their anthologies, published the word of over one hundred other writers.  I had two of my poems published there last year, so I trust this press. Check it out. FutureCyclePress http://visitor.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?u=1E932C0&e=255CB1&c=36D6C&t=0&l=246E98C&email=zER5P4AKNgsFCVzmKbknuQ%3D%3D

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your mention of FutureCycle Press. Although I am no longer officially with the press, I still share a house and life with Diane Kistner, the press' director and my long-time guiding light.

The press is growing, and I'm happy to have been a part.

And thanks to you Nancy, for your continued devotion to poetry and publishing.