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."
POETS AND WRITERS READING POEMS AND STORIES CO SPONSORED BY
NC WRITERS NETWORK WEST and JOHN CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL
On Thursday, February 20, 2014, John Campbell Folk School and N.C. Writers
Network West are sponsoring a reading of poetry. The reading is free of charge
and open to the public. Poets Linda Smith and Carole Richard Thompson will
be the featured readers.
Linda Smith, poet and writer, from Hayesville, NC is a long time
member of NCWN West. She writes poetry inspired by the mountains that surround
this area and from memories of things past.She also writes essays and fiction. Linda is nearing
completion of a mystery novel.Her
poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies such as Lights in the Mountains,
Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, anthologies
of NetWest, Mountain Time, Sand, Sea and Sail, the FreeingJonah
series, Night Whispers, Looking Back. and Future Cycle 2012.
Carole Richard Thompson
Carole Richard Thompson and
her husband moved to Blairsville, in the North Georgia mountains, 21 years
ago.After being a portrait artist
for many years, she began to study writing, and joined the North Carolina
Writer’s Network. She credits her love for writing to her friend and mentor,
Nancy Simpson, whose classes in creative writing and poetry have been her
greatest source of inspiration.Her first short story, “A Bag of Sugar for Paula,” was published in The Liquorian Magazine, and also the
anthology, Christmas Presence,
published by Catawba Press.Her
story, “The Uniform” appeared in the anthology, Clotheslines, published by Catawba Press.
Carole’s poem, “The House
of Cards” appeared in A Sense of Place,
an anthology published by Southeast Writers Assoc.“The Party’s Over” and “36 Hours” were published in Wild Goose Review ; “Returning” appeared in the anthologyEchoes
Across the Blue Ridge by Winding Path Publishing; “Tar Foot Morning” was
recently published Women’s Spaces,
Women’s Places,by Stone Ivy Press; and “Season Change” was published in the FutureCycle 2011Flash Fiction Poetry anthology.Carole’s first chapbook, Enough,
appeared in February 2013,
published by Future Cycle Press.Carole
is also a member of the Georgia Poetry Society POETS AND WRITERS READING POEMS AND STORIES co sponsored by NCWN West and John C Campbell Folk School
Contact: Lucy Cole Gratton, Cherokee Representative –NCWN West
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