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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."

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Barrow Street Poetry Book Prize

Prize $1,000 for new book of up to 80 Pages
givn by Barrow Street Press
Deadline June 30, 2017


Book Contest Submission Guidelines 


Our 2017 book contest deadline is June 30th. Please use our Online Submission Manager to submit. Click here for detailed guidelines This year's book contest judge is Patricia Spears Jones.



Autumn House Pres PO Box 5486 Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Autumn House Press will publish a book of poetry, (Alberto Rios will judge) a book of fiction ( Amina Gautier will judge, and  a book of non fiction (Allison Hawthrone Deming will judge. 
Submit by mail or on line
DEADLINE  June 30, 2017

$2,500.00 prize - submission fee $30.00

Saturday, May 6, 2017

HELLO AGAIN to all of my friends and family members

What has become of Nancy Simpson? Long Time No See. What happened to her?    Answer: I am still here on Cherry Mountain. I was side-tracked for a while, but  I am newly motivated to return to life and my blog "LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE."  I am  dedicted once again to the practice of poetry and to specific writing projects.

I woke up this morning singing the old song, "It's Satuday Morning. I'm going away with my friends...." with a brush-back of tears from my eyes because... no, I am not going away with my friends today.They are mostly all off to the NCWN West  Writing Conference being held today in Sylva, NC. I cannot attend. It is the first NCWN West all day event I have ever missed.  My good news is: there are still some things I can do, therefore I am returning to my writing and to your writing, with a stored up passion for the practice of Poetry again. 

You will find new posts on  LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE
each week and there will be regular up dates of writing events and suggestions on where to submit your poems for publication. The more comments I receive from you, My Fellow Poets, and the more requests and questions, the more often I will post with the info you request.

Meanwhile, the best of all to you. Let me know how you are advancing your own writing projects.