Living Above the Frost Line is a dwelling place for practicing poets. It is the home of poet, Nancy Simpson. Above the Frost Line we give ourselves some extra growing time. Yes, we know the hard freeze will come, but until it arrives, we shall grow and share our poems.
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."
Writers Circle studio in Hayesville holds the first class of the season on Saturday afternoon, March 22, 1 - 4 p.m.
Poet Karen Paul Holmes, Georgia Representative for Netwest and facilitator for Writers' Night Out, has prepared a workshop on a subject that is imperative for good poetry.
Express Yourself Through Poetry
Some of us are better than others when it comes to expressing emotion.
Yet the feeling in the poem is what connects it to the reader. In this class we'll explore how to free ourselves in third person or through a persona.
We'll look at examples of heartfelt poems that do not cross the dangerous bridge of sentimentality.
We'll also learn how humor can help communicate serious emotions -- like anger, grief, regret -- in poems that are both salty and sweet, that touch readers' emotional cores while also making them smile.
Class will include an optional prompt ahead of time, so you can bring a poem of your own to share.
We will begin taking registrations for this class on March 1. Space is limited.
Send a check for $35 to Writers Circle. Mail to 581 Chatuge Lane, Hayesville, NC 28904