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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."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Poetry Contest for Adult Residents of Clay County

In Hayesville, North Carolina we are gearing up 
to celebrate National Poetry Month with Three 
Poetry Contests sponsored each year by the
Clay County Historical and Arts Council. 
Help us spread the word among the practicing 
poets you know who are residents of Clay County
even part time residents if they spend some of the 
year here and are Clay County property owners.

For Poems Written by Adult Citizens.

April is National Poetry Month. Clay County 
Historical and Arts Council announces that 
the 23 Annual Poetry Contests for the best poems
is open. Submissions are being accepted. 
Deadline postmark April 6th.

Prizes are First $30.00, Second $25.00 and 
Third Place $20.00. Winners are asked to read
their winning poems for the arts council on
April 22 at the Evening of Art and Poetry.

Residents of Clay County are asked to submit their  
best 1-5 poems to Mrs. Linda Barrett, English Dept.
at  Hayesville High School, Poetry Contest,  
Address: 205 Yellow Jacket Drive, Hayesville, NC 28904
The poetry judge will be poet Nancy Simpson, 
author of three published poem collections.
You may know her as Ms. Nancy Simpson Brantley,
former teacher with Clay County Schools for 26 years. 

Her most recent book and the only one still 
in print and available for purchase from her press
or from Amazon.com is Living Above the Frost Line - 
New and Collected  Poems (2010 Carolina Wren Press.) 
These poems are written in the voice of a woman 
who is a citizen of the multicultural world, who found  
herself at home on Cherry Mountain right here in 
Clay County. 

Early publicity for this contest announced Kathryn
Stripling Byer as the final judge. She withdrew, due 
to family problems beyond her control. 
Nancy Simpson then agreed to judge the contest 
and to attend the Evening of Art and Poetry held at 
Hayesville High School Lecture Hall on April 22, 2014 
at 5:00 at  which time  a reception will be held in her 
honor and more importantly in honor of the contest 


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