About Me

My photo
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."

Friday, December 27, 2013


To my writing friends, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC has a 30% sale on most anything in the store. City Lights is by far the best independent bookstore in western North Carolina. It is where the writers hang out, for sure.

CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE | 828-586-9499more@citylightsnc.com | http://citylightsnc.com
3 East Jackson Street
Sylva, NC 28779

Pre-Inventory Sale!

Begins Friday, December 27th
It is that time of year again.  Time to count our inventory and get set for 2014. Between December 27th and December 31st receive a 30% discount on most anything in the store. Special orders and gallery items are excluded from the sale.  Come by the store and grab that book that you have had your eye on.
New Years Hours

December 31st: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
January 1st:  Closed
January 2nd: Closed for inventory
January 3rd: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

City Lights Bookstore carries my book Living Above the Frost Line and also the book I edited with writing by writers living in and inspired by the southern Appalachian mountains -- ECHOES ACROSS THE BLUE RIDGE.

It's the best bookstore to quickly get gift books, signed copies of books by Kathryn Stripling Byer and other notable North Carolina authors.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Poet Kathryn Strilping Byer wins NC Book Award ( Roanoke Chowan )

Congratulations to poet Kathryn Stripling Byer for winning the Roanoke Chowan Book Award for her recently published book DescentNC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti also in photo presented the award.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Hello Fellow Poets, There seems to be a lot of activity these days to distract you from your writing. Still, if you are a member of NCWN West or hope to be, I encourage  you will come to Coffee With the Poets and Open Mic Poetry Reading. We're open to all poets and writers and we are  the best professional support group for writers in the mountains. (Details for Coffee and info about our blog below)

Meanwhile, keep writing and keep in touch, Nancy Simpson

A blog for and about the NC Writers' Network-West

pastedGraphic.pdfTuesday, December 3, 2013 (copy of post by CWP Founder Glenda Beall)

All Open Mic in December for Coffee with the Poets and Writers

Coffee with the Poets and Writers meets Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. at Blue Mountain Coffee and Grill in Murphy, NC. 
This monthly reading series is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network West, and is open to interested writers and poets. The community is invited to participate.

Bring a poem or story, holiday theme if you have one. There will not be a featured reader this month. The program will be all Open Mic. Sign in for a chance to win a door prize. We will begin scheduling readers for next year.

Stay for our social time when we pull tables together and have lunch.

This event will not take place in January and February, but will resume in March, 2014. Contact Glenda Beall, Clay County Representative for NCWN West, 828-389-4441 or nightwriter0302@yahoo.com for information.

What Do They Do In Hayesville at Christmastime?

Hayesville Holiday Tour of Homes

Need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit?

Looking for decorating ideas to make your home a Christmas showcase?

You will get this and more at the Christmas Holiday Tour of homes this weekend—Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec.8.  Homes will be open 1:00 – 5:00 both days.

Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased early at the Library, Morning Song Gallery, Molly and Me, the Rustic Rose, and the 100 Exhibit.  Tickets may also be purchased at the Old Jail Museum on Saturday or Sunday.  If you are unable to purchase your ticket early, you may purchase it at the first home you visit on the tour.

The Clay County Historical and Arts Council sponsors the tour.  All proceeds help operate the Old Jail Museum and provide art opportunities for children and adults.