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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, February 3, 2015


photo by Sylvia Freeman

ON  FEB 2, 2015, poet Shelby Dean Stephenson, born June 14, 1938, was honored and inducted as  North Carolina's new Poet Laureate by Governor Pat McCrory at the NC State Capitol Building in Raleigh with a huge crowd looking on.  

Former Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti said "Stephenson was born to be NC Poet Laureate. He truly is the voice of North Carolina."

"There could be no one more representative of North Carolina , no one more open hearted or more lyrical than Shelby Stephenson" said UNC Chapel Hill Professor and poet Paul Jones.  "Who else could charm both governors and poets alike?"

Born: June 14, 1938, in Johnston County near the town of Benson
Family: Married Linda Letchworth Wilson in 1966 and they have two children
Education: B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill, 1960; M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1967; Ph.D, University of Wisconsin, 1974
Career: English department chair at Campbell College, 1974-1978; English professor at UNC-Pembroke and editor of Pembroke magazine, 1978 until his retirement in 2010
Awards include: 2001 North Carolina Award for Literature, 2004-2005 North Carolina Poetry Society Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet, 2014 induction into NC Literary Hall of Fame
Published works include: “Plankhouse” (1993), “Possum” (2004), “Finch’s Mask” (1990) and “The Persimmon Tree Carol” (2002), as well as four albums of music.

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