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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."

Sunday, December 28, 2014


In October, I quietly celebrated Five Years of this site, LIVING ABOUT THE FROST LINE. I am already working in the sixth year. My interest  here is Poetry, especially Southern, North Carolina, Georgia  and Appalachian poetry. I like to feature poets here, and I especially like to feature the poet during his or her birth month if possible. I like to feature a poet especially when they have a new book in print and tell the reader how they can buy the book if they want it. There is no charge.

Although I had previously published Betty Jamerson Reed's  poem in the anthology Echoes Across the Blue Ridge in 2010, I met Betty in person for the first time last May at NC Writer's Network West's 2014 Spring Writing Conference in Sylva. As I spoke that day in Sylva about poets keeping their poems out there in reprints to build an audience for their poems, I offered the workshop group a chance to send me poems for reprint. Betty sent me three poems and I was happy to share them with my readers at the site "LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE." The offer is still open to NC poets, especially those living in the NC mountains.  Contact me at nance@dnet.net. I ask for poems that have been previously published. This way you keep your new poems on hand to submit to the best literary magazines. Magazines usually will publish only unpublished poems, so you will want to be extra thoughtful where you send your newest, most exciting new work to the best literary magazines. When I reprint your poems, I will want to give credit to the magazine that first published them.

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