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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 29, 2014


The Poetry Society of America is honored to announce that 
Gerald Stern is the 2014 recipient of the organization's 
highest award, the Frost Medal, presented annually for 
distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. Previous 
winners of this award include Wallace Stevens, Marianne 
Moore, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, 
Lucille Clifton, Charles Simic, Marilyn Nelson, 
and Robert Bly, who was the 2013 recipient. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Bill Moyers of Moyers and Company - POETS AND WRITERS

POETS AND WRITERS,  Perhaps this is what 
you should be reading during this long, cold
winter.  There are lots of choices for you who
are interested in poets and writers living in our time.  

It is simply a suggestion: 
Check it out.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Off to a strong start in the new year -2014

I'm off to a strong new start in this new year. Wahoooo! It was a busy day from morning until dark including a hair appointment, then off to meet poet members of NC Writers' Network West at a local eatery for lunch and a critique session with our individual poems. This is the first time I've been in a while, due to health problems and recovery. I was excited to be back among my friends.The joy in my heart and mind was blown out of proportion --W O N D E R F U L, 
W O N D E R F U L. After that fun filled meeting, with good poems and lots of hugs, I still had to go to the grocery store, and lucky I did do that. (Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.) Driving up the mountain about 5 p.m. I thought, "That looks like snow."  It was and snow now covers the mountain road and woods. It is a beautiful sight. But, there will be no driving down this road tomorrow. Plenty of time for writing though. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


A New Year gift to me came today (1-1-14) in the body 
of this e mail regarding American Life in Poetry ( A Project 
For Newspapers by Ted Kooser)

Dear Ms. Simpson,

I wanted to let you know that your poem will be released to our website, www.americanlifeinpoetry.org, next Monday, January 9.  Newspapers carrying the column will download it as a PDF and run it according to their usual print schedules.  Current readership is about 3,000,000 per week.

In addition, a large number of readers receive the column via free e-mail subscription.  We’ve heard from some of them in such places as Nepal, Indonesia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Egypt, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, most of Europe, Mexico, Korea, India The Philippines, Turkey, Viet Nam, China, Canada, the U.K., Sweden and Myanmar, as well as U.S. Readers from Maine to Hawaii.

None of this would happen, of course, without the cooperation of the poets who so generously allow us to reprint their work.  Thank you once again!

Kind regards,

Pat Emile

Patricia H. Emile, Ph.D.
Assistant Editor
American Life in Poetry
338E Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE  68588-0320