You Ain't Gonna Believe This But...: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Status: Closed out

  • Submissions accepted only via on line form (added to this page later). 
  • Submissions accepted from a former contributor or someone recommended by a former contributor.
  • Only one submission per poet/writer.
  • Poem may not exceed 37 lines (includes title author's name and a blank line prior to the poem) micro prose should not exceed 325 words (bottom line is that the flash fiction must fit on a 5.5"x8.5" page with .5 top and bottom and .75 right and left margins)
  • NOTE: Contributors may purchase the book at a reduced rate upon publication. 
Old Mountain Press  will publish a collection of poetry by a number of poets.  Our goal is to gather enough quality poems and flash fiction for an estimated 50 to 90 page book with the theme to go with the cover (to your right):  The theme is any adventure YOU have had or something YOU did that was great fun. Or a small world story. Or a memorable person or event in your life.  Or something exciting or dangerous that might have happened. Somewhere you have visited or a special event in your life. It could be a trip to a foreign country or somewhere here in the US. Would like to have as many poets and prose writers involved as possible.  Requirements are below. Authors receive publishing credit and retain all rights to their work but agree to the inclusion of their poem in this collection of poetry.
  • Author must have rights to the poem (previously published OK). 
  • Poem may not exceed 38 lines micro prose may not exceed 325 words (this includes title, spaces, and author's name). 
  • Poetry lines that  exceed 55 letters and spaces will wrap and count as two lines.
  • Initially, only one poem/micro prose per writer, so give it your best shot:-)
  • Sample title and first line below

Title of Poem/Micro Prose
Author's Name

Begin poem/flash fiction



Upcoming Anthologies

About the book

The theme is any adventure YOU have had or something YOU did that was great fun. Somewhere you have visited or a special event in your life. It could be a trip to a foreign country or somewhere here in the US or fall/ winter. 

Sample of the work TBP:


     Gloria Harrington


You whispered to me inside an arched covering

dripping of Spanish Moss which

evaded sunshine even on a cloudless day.


We walked, viewing townhouse rows

with wrought iron decorations and

idyllic steeples of St. John’s Cathedral.


Nearing the church, we went inside.

We were greeted with the scent of roses

from a recent pageant.


Suddenly, you seized my arm; I had no choice as

you dragged me onward. I struggled to break free,

but your fingernails dug deeper into my arm.


Agony intensified as yowls of skinny cats

And pictures of withered headstones

filled my head.


We came close to Mercer House

whose historic merit was entwined with a murder

but, we don’t stop there.


In the distance, a park with a mythic fountain

could be seen where children laughed and played.

oblivious to danger.


This gave me strength to nurture a strong response.

Next, I grabbed your hand and pulled free!

Then, I ran.

GLORIA HARRINGTON has been a member of both the Georgia Poetry Association and John’s Creek Poetry Group for over ten years. Her poems have been published seven times in the yearly anthology issue: Reach of Song and she has been published multiple times in Old Mountain Press Anthologies. She placed 3rd in a national poetry contest several years ago. She lives in Tucker, Georgia, and is a retired teacher.

High Altitude Parachute Training in Denmark

Tom Davis

SHORTLY AFTER I graduated from the HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) parachute course in Germany and took over a Special Forces HALO team a tasking came down through U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR), for the Special Forces Group to provide Military Free Fall training for the Danish Jaegerkorps. I would be returning to Augsburg, Denmark. Hey, it was a dirty job but. Somebody had to do it.

     When we got to Augsburg and met our Danish students, standing in the group was my old swim buddy, Preven Jorgensen. Preven and I had swum back and forth from one island to the other during a Flintlock exercise a couple of years before. Small world it was.

     We jumped from several different aircraft while conducting HALO training for the Danes. I particularly liked jumping from the old McDonnell Douglas C-47. However, most of our jumps were from an MC-130, a C-130 especially modified for Special Operations. Our highest jump was 25,500 feet (almost 5 miles), falling two minutes at 120 MPH with our rucksacks strapped below our parachutes before we pulled our ripcords at 2000 feet. I can remember seeing my shadow racing up at me as I plunged through cloud cover below. Weird.

     At the end of the course, the Danes awarded us their parachute badge, and we reciprocated by awarding them ours. We had recently conducted parachute operations with the Germans, and I had been awarded their parachute badge as well. I now had jump wings from four different foreign countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Germany,  and Denmark). And before I retired I’d added jump wings from Korea and Zaire.

     Again, due mostly to Donahue, my team sergeant, the training went exceptionally well. I received a letter of appreciation sent from COL Jensen, commanding officer of the Jaegercorps through the Military Assistance Advisory Group in Denmark, through Seventh Army Europe, and down to our command.

     It was the most fun I ever had with my clothes on!!

Tom Davis’ publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observer’s Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, Special Warfare., and Winston-Salem Writers’ POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT program for 2013 and 2021. He has authored several books. Tom has completed his memoir, The Most Fun I ever Had With My Clothes On A March from Private to Colonel. He lives in Webster, NC.

About the Authors 


Sam Barbee  has a new collection, Apertures of Voluptuous Force (2022, Redhawk Publishing).  He has three previous poetry collections, including That Rain We Needed (2016, Press 53), a nominee for the Roanoke-Chowan Award as one of North Carolina’s best poetry collections of 2016.  A two-time Pushcart nominee, his poems recently appeared in Salvation South, Verse Virtual, Ekphrastic Review, Grand Little Things; and on-line journals Dead Mule School of Literature, American Diversity Report, and Medusa’s Kitchen.


Dorothy Barrow was born in Zebulon, NC and loved to write from an early age. She graduated from Wakelon high school at 16 and from Duke University at 20. She wrote her college senior paper, thoughtfully, about the strengths and weaknesses of Mormonism.


Jenny Bates, five poetry books, published in numerous NC and international journals. Presented at the 2023 Ecopoetics and Environmental Aesthetics Conference, London. Jenny was a judge for the Poetry in Plain Sight contest through Winston-Salem Writers, 2024. Her newest book of poems, ESSENTIAL, Redhawk Publications 2023 has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2024.


Glenda Council Beall, a Georgia native, lives in western NC. She serves as Program Coordinator for The NC Writers’ Network -West and teaches writing through her studio, Writers Circle Around the Table. She began publishing poetry in 1996 and her short prose has been published online and in magazines. She has taught memoir writing at Tri-County Community College and at ICL, the Institute of Continuing Learning. During the Pandemic, she began teaching classes on Zoom and continues today.


S.G. (Sandy) Benson’s articles and stories have appeared in magazines and newspapers nationwide since 1971. She published her first book, My Mother’s Keeper: One Family’s Journey Through Dementia in 2021. Her second book, Dear Folks, a collection of her dad’s letters home during WWII, will be released in spring 2024. This is her sixth OMP contribution. She lives in Warne, NC with her husband, Barry, and a couple of bossy dachshunds.


Kerri Habben Bosman is a writer living in Cape Carteret, NC. She is a graduate of Peace College and North Carolina State University. Her work has been included in the News and Observer, and regularly appears in publications throughout the US and Canada.


Ina Claire “Sam” Bryant lives alone at 93 years of age in Jackson County NC.  In addition to writing, she enjoys the local library, reading about prehistory with an occasional martini and researching on the internet.  Her poetry has been published in several anthologies as well as her book The Fruit of Years.


Toby Bunton’s poetry has appeared in the 2004 Appalachian State Anthology, the 2016 Winston Salem Writers’ POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT PROGRAM,  and  2023 anthologies for Old Mountain Press.  In September 2023, he was recognised as a finalist for Winston Salem Writers-Flying South 10th Anniversary Anthology with his poem “Mowing Mayberry.” Toby is a graduate of UNCG with a degree in English. He is married and has two children.


Annie Chambers was born into a poor family, but was given a chance by a blind neighbor lady. Annie was an average student until she found that she could express through writing. She moved up the business ladder from stock girl to marketing vice-president as her skills were discovered.


Steve Cushman is the author of seven books, most recently, The Last Time, published by Unicorn Press in 2023.  When not writing, Cushman can be found be found hiking and biking with his family.


Parker Davis is a 17-year-old girl in the 11th grade, who lives in Vienna, GA. The first semester of her junior year she attended a semester boarding school outside of Brevard, NC, called the Outdoor Academy. She has a passion for writing and the outdoors. Her love for adventure has taken her many places while meeting the most amazing people.


Polly Davis, Ed.D, is retired from the NC Community College System where she served as an English department chair and an administrator. She served as a trustee for the Cumberland County Library and Information Center and chairs its program committee. She is the editor of Daddy Pa’s Diary, and Growing Up Southern in Baconton Georgia and her memoir, Stumbling Toward Enlightenment: A Wife’s Thirty-year Journey with Her Green Beret. She’s an avid reader and supporter of the arts in North Carolina. Polly lives in Webster, NC.


Tom Davis’ publishing credits: Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observer’s Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, Special Warfare., and Winston-Salem Writers’ POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT program for 2013 and 2021. He has authored several books and has completed his memoir, The Most Fun I ever Had With My Clothes On A March from Private to Colonel. He lives in Webster, NC.


Nancy Dillingham is associative editor of the online poetry journal Speckled Trout Review and the co-editor of four anthologies of western North Carolina women writers. Most recently her work has appeared in Persimmon Tree and Cowboy Jamboree, and her  latest publications include the chapbooks A Wild Shining and Evanescence of Spring. Her forthcoming chapbook is entitled Promise.  She lives in Asheville, NC.


Suzanne Delaney  is a Retired RN. Born in Australia, she lived in the Hawaiian Islands for 40 yrs and now’lives in NC. Her favorite hobby is papercrafts, including mixed media and collage.  A regular, contributor to OMP, her poems are also  included in A Bridge to ALL Nations. Poems of’ Nature, Enchantment and Mystery. by Carol Mays and Suzanne Delaney. PS: It’s Poetry and PS: It’s Still Poetry Vol II. An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry from Around the World Paperback. All are available on


David Dixon is a physician, poet, and musician who lives and practices in the foothills of North Carolina.  His work has appeared in Rock & Sling, The Northern Virginia Review, Connecticut River Review,

FlyingSouth, The Greensboro Review, Atlanta Review and elsewhere. He is the author of The Scattering of Saints (Hermit Feathers Press, 2022).


Lewis Dunn is an 18 year old senior at Lovett School in Atlanta, GA. He enjoys golf, fishing, and trap shooting which he does with his double barrel 16 gage Parker shot gun, a gift from his uncle John.


Kathy Ellis took to writing poetry ten years ago. To her surprised delight, she has received awards, honorable mentions, and recognition for her work in addition to publishing three books of poetry. Kathy is an intercultural communication trainer, language coach for ESL speakers, and prepares Ukrainian and Afghan women refugees in the workplace. Kathy is a Motown girl who resides in Atlanta, GA, with her two multilingual cats.


Terri Kirby Erickson is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Night Talks: New & Selected Poems (Press 53). Her work has appeared in “American Life in Poetry,” The Poetry Foundation, The SUN, The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and many more. Her awards include the Annals of Internal Medicine 2023 Poetry Prize, Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, International Book Award for Poetry, and numerous others. She lives in Pfafftown, NC.


Dena M. Ferrari is a regular contributor to OMP. Dena’s poetry are featured in Westchester Community College of NY Phoenix (1975), Writers Alliance Poets World-Wide  anthologies has many of her published works. Dena’s own books, Poems From the Hearth (2010) Come Closer My Dearies (2013), Charmed Times Three (2015), and her newest book Wyld Earth Magick (2018) shows diversified writing styles, leaving a Living Legacy for her grandchildren. She and her husband, Peter live in Vass, NC.


Dare Freeman Ford was author of Don’t Make Me Turn This Bus Around, chronicling her adventures as a teenage bus driver in Anson County, NC. Her work has appeared in several regional publications and Old Mountain Press anthologies. She also contributed to Christmas Presence and Clothes Lines, edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham. In 2021, she and her husband, Keith, published Under the Buckeye Tree (Mountain Page Press, Hendersonville, NC), a chronicle of their life with MS. She lived in Hendersonville, NC.


Joanne Kennedy Frazer, a former justice and peace educator/director for faith-based entities, enjoys spending her silvering years writing poetry and publishing in numerous anthologies, journals, and ezines. Her work is informed by social justice concerns and beauty of the natural world. She has written two chapbooks. Most recently, Seasonings, (Kelsay Press) which has been nominated for the Eric Hoffer Book Award.  She lives in Durham, NC.


Lynda Fredsell lives in Greenville, South Carolina.  She has slowed down a bit, which is a good thing because she now has more time to write for Old Mountain Press and the OLLI newsletter. She still enjoys Bible study at her Presbyterian church and Learning in Retirement classes at Furman University. When not shooing the squirrels off the bird feeders, she’s hunkered down at her card table working another puzzle.


Peggy Dugan French is a California girl with Minnesota roots. She has been the editor of the small print zine Shemom since 1997.  Her work has appeared in Lilliput, bear creek haiku, Shemom and Whispers.  She has worn many hats over the years, but raising her children has been one of her greatest pleasures. Peggy lives in Cardiff, CA, with her husband, cat and wild garden and blogs at


Bob Garrett is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing in South Georgia. He has contributed to seven books in The Anthology Series published by Old Mountain Press. He lives in Sylvester, Georgia.


Michael Gaspeny’s Flight Manual: New and Selected Poems was published last spring by Unicorn Press. He’s the author of a prose novel, A Postcard from the Delta, a novella in verse, The Tyranny of Questions, and two chapbooks. For hospice work, Gaspeny, who lives in Greensboro, NC, has received the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence.


James Gibson, Northville, Michigan, featured Native American culture in the five novels in his “Anasazi Quest” series. His eighth novel, To Live or Die in Taiwan, was published in February, 2018. Anasazi Princess and Anasazi Journey are now available as E-Books on


Marian Gowan is a regular contributor to Old Mountain Press anthologies. During her sixteen years living in western NC, her work appeared in several southern publications. She returned to western NY in 2017 to be near family.


Farley Granger thinks more than he writes, and he writes more than he sees other people. He grew up in a depressed country town and understands the struggles of poor, heartland folks. But he has a lot of hope. Farley lives in La Grange, NC.


Cordelia Hanemann, writer and botanical artist, currently co-hosts After-Funshop Poets, in Raleigh, NC. Active with youth poetry NCPS, she has published in numerous journals including, Atlanta Review, Laurel Review, and California Quarterly and others; in several anthologies including best-selling Poems for the Ukraine and her chapbook. Her poems have been performed by the Strand Project, featured in select journals, won awards and been nominated for Pushcarts. She is working on a novel. 


Gloria Harrington has been a member of both the Georgia Poetry Association and John’s Creek Poetry Group for over ten years. Her poems have been published seven times in the yearly anthology issue: Reach of Song and she has been published multiple times in Old Mountain Press Anthologies. She placed 3rd in a national poetry contest several years ago. She lives in Tucker, Georgia, and is a retired teacher.


Peggy Heitmann is an award-winning poet who recently published poems in Amphibian Literary Review, Kakalak, MockingOwl Roost, among others. You can find Peggy reading her poem, “Love Portrait at Sixty-Five” on WNIJ’s Poetically Yours January 4th show. She considers herself both word and visual artist. Peggy lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband their two cats.


Debbie Hooper is a professional photographer working on coffee table books using her poetry as captions. You can see her photography on her website under Portfolio. She is happy to again be a NCWN member. She and her husband are building a house in Andrews, NC.


K. D. Kennedy, Jr. lives in Raleigh, NC. He has published Eight Books (8) books of poetry, short stories, and essays: Our Place On Time, Waiting Out In The Yard, For Rhyme Or Reason, Progenitors: A Kennedy Genealogy, The Works Of K. D. Kennedy, Jr., Poems Worth Remembering, Family...Forever’s Lovesong, and Truth Instead. He has also published works in over forty anthologies and periodicals. His works have been published in all 51 Old Mountain Press Anthologies.


Patsy Kennedy Lain continues to reside in Hubert, NC, with published works in 38 past Old Mountain Press Anthologies and others including magazines and a local newspaper.  She has published three poetry collections, BACKROADS, FLASHBACKS, BLENDED, one short story collection, SMORGASBORD, and recently completed her sixth children’s book.  Patsy has received multiple awards and honors for her writings and paintings over the years, and continues to write, paint and publish her works.


Cindy Larson, is a native of Fargo, North Dakota. She and her husband, Jerry, lived in Connecticut for 33 years. In 2000 they built their retirement home on Glassy Mountain, South Carolina, and after 17 years moved to The Woodlands, a senior living community on the edge of beautiful Furman University, Greenville, SC. In 2021 they moved once again, now in Novi, MI. Family proximity won over winter weather.


Brenda Kay Ledford is a seventh-generational native of Clay County, NC. Her work has appeared in all of the Old Mountain Press anthologies. She received an Award of Excellence from North Carolina Society of Historians for her book, Leatherwood Falls, Blue Ridge Mountain Poems. Her creative nonfiction stories are upcoming in Good Old Days Magazine, Grit Magazine, and Women's World Magazine. Her children's picture book, Christmas in Matheson Cove, is at press.


Valerie Macon’s work has appeared in Kakalak, Whispers, Vision & Voice, Winston Salem Writer’s Poetry in Plain Sight, Red Clay Review, Visions International, Clockhouse Review, Whispers, as well as numerous anthologies and magazines. She is a writer for Suburban Living Magazine. She has authored the following books of poetry: Shelf Life, Sleeping Rough, A String of Black Pearls, The Shape of Today, Page Turner and Chasing After the Wind.


Preston Martin has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies. He facilitates classes in poetry and literature at Duke Continuing  Education. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.


Celia Miles is a retired Asheville-Buncombe Technical College instructor who writes and lives in Asheville. Her interests (Neolithic monuments in the British Isles and water powered grist mills are reflected in her novels and short stories. Her recent novels feature a female grist mill enthusiast-consultant who happens upon murder and secrets in various Appalachian settings.


Mona Miracle, born in Kentucky, was thrust onto Florida beaches at seven, but settled into her mountain forever-home in Asheville in 1989.  She was a featured presenter at South Florida Poetry Society, and a four-category winner in Florida Freelance Writers Annual Competition.  She earned degrees at Univ. of Florida and Nova Univ.  Her listings on Amazon include her novel Wesley’s Gift, set in Asheville, Charlotte, and Tokyo, Japan.


Linda O’Donnell lives with her grandson’s dog, his cat, and her four horses on a small farm on the outskirts of Jacksonville, North Carolina. A former Marine and a retired language arts schoolteacher, she now spends much of her time volunteering to lead and write with the Silver Scribblers writing group at her local Senior Center.


Bev Ohler was born and lived in the NYC area as a child and young person. After her marriage she eventually lived most of her life in NC, working at Warren Wilson College. Art and design, Theater, Festivals, the Chapel and teaching were her areas of concentration. She now lives in Black Mountain with Callie, her dog.


Karen O’Leary is a freelance writer from West Fargo, ND. She has published poetry, short stories, and articles in a variety of venues including, Hedgerow, Haikuniverse, Frogpond, Setu, Tipton Poetry Journal, Shot Glass Journal and several Old Mountain Press anthologies. Karen edited an international online journal called Whispers for 5 ½ years. She enjoys sharing the gift of words.


Martha O’Quinn is a longtime contributor to the OMP  Anthologies.  Her poetry and non-fiction prose are her favorites, mostly from growing up in a small town and long-lived tales from her ancestors. She lives near her daughter in Loganville GA and is grandmother to four and great-grandmother to six


David W. Plunkett is a poet and novelist living in Young Harris, GA.  His poems appeared in numerous publications including past Old Mountain Press anthologies. His debut novel “Chessboard” (2019) is called “Intriguing and Captivating,” a “strong story… about human nature, the shadow workings of our government” and is followed by “Poisoned Pawn” (2022) a sequel to the first book.


Michael Potts, Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and an Orthodox priest, is the author of several novels and poetry anthologies as well as short stories and poems. He lives with his wife, Karen, and six cats in Coats, North Carolina.


Mary Ricketson’s poems reflect the healing power of nature.  Published collections: I Hear the River Call My Name, Hanging Dog Creek, Shade and Shelter, Mississippi: The Story of Luke and Marian, Keeping in Place, Lira, Poems of a Woodland Woman, Precious the Mule, and Stutters, A Book of Hope.  She won first place, 2011 Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest 75th anniversary national poetry contest.  She is a mental health therapist in private practice in Murphy NC.


R. Lee Riley is a member of Winston Salem Writers, with work appearing in Volume 3 and 10 of its Flying South anthology series and Poetry in Plain Sight. He’s additionally been published in previous anthologies of Old Mountain Press. He’s also a working voice actor with audiobooks published on Audible. Lee lives in Salisbury, NC and has earned multiple medals for his poetry in Rowan County’s Silver Arts Festival.


Dwight Roth is a retired elementary school teacher of 29 years, who grew up in the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He enjoys writing poetry, painting, and music.  His work appears in several OMP anthologies. He has self-published four memoirs and several books of poetry, as well as children’s books. Some of his books are published on Amazon Kindle. Dwight and his wife Ruth live near Monroe, NC. He writes daily on his blog:  


Barbara Tate Sayre, an award winning artist and writer is a long time contributor to the Old Mountain Press Anthology Series. She’s a member of the British Haiku Society, The Haiku Society of America, and the Australian Haiku Society. She currently resides in Winchester, TN.


Paul Sherman, who lives on the side of Mt. Mitchell, recently punished a black bear at his bird feeder with a paintball gun armed with pink bullets. He laughs watching the rump return to the forest and brags about his shooting skills over supper. But the bear returns during the night, tears down the old mountain outhouse, defecates on the front porch outside. He hopes the cold returns to winter.


Jane Shlensky, a veteran teacher and musician, holds an MFA from UNC- Greensboro.  Her recent poetry and fiction has appeared in sundry magazines and anthologies, including Writer’s Digest, Pinesong, KAKALAK, Southern Poetry Anthology: NC, moonShine review, and Nostos. NC Poetry Society and Kakalak have nominated her poems for a Pushcart four times. Her chapbook is Barefoot on Gravel.


Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & softcover book anthologies. Collections of her personal items/photos/ memorabilia are in major museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian. The Smithsonian selected only her photo to represent all teens from the 1950's; a large showcase in its National Museum of American History featured her photo. hand-designed clothing, and her costume sketches. ‘Girlhood’ exhibit opened 10-2020 and began touring Jan. 2023.


Carroll S. Taylor, a retired educator, is a writer, poet, and playwright. She is the author of two young adult novels, Chinaberry Summer and Chinaberry Summer: On the Other Side and two children’s books, Feannag the Crow and Ella’s Quilt. In 2024, Taylor wrote a play,  An Appointment with the Year Monger. Her books emphasize generational storytelling. She enjoys writing about reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and other critters. She and her husband live in Hiawassee, Georgia.


Rebekah Timms lives in Greenwood, SC, about fifteen miles from where she was born. In her retirement years she has published a memoir of her mother’s life, a poetry collection, and a poetry/prose collection. Rebekah enjoys writing and feels that her work is an expression of her gratitude and joy of life. She has been a regular contributor to OMP Anthologies since 2016.


Carolyn Tripp lives in Travelers Rest, SC. In elementary school she wrote an A+ essay on ants and ran around the neighborhood capturing specimens for her butterfly and insect collection. Later she was editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper and majored in English in college. In addition to OMP anthologies, she has been published in The Journal of Consumer Research, The Journal of Advertising, and other dull academic outlets.


Elizabeth Watson, a constant and welcomed submitter to OMP and other anthologies, is pleased to have that opportunity whenever her writings are accepted for publication. A single page story requires the author’s disciplined brevity. Every word matters, especially in her submission, “Mission Accomplished”, about tracing lost relatives in Barbados. The experience deserves more detail. Regardless, she hopes the essence of the adventure is understood even in its simplicity.  The Watsons live in a CCRC in Greenville, SC.


Adam Winkel was born in Montreal, Canada, and raised in Rocky Mount, NC. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chapel Hill and graduate degrees in New York City. He now lives in Greensboro, NC, and is a professor of Spanish in High Point. He once won a blue ribbon at the North Carolina State Fair. Since 2014, he has been the co-host of the Neither Rhyme Nor Reason Poetry Book Club at Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC.


Barbara Ledford Wright, a resident of Shelby, NC is a frequent contributor to the Old Mountain Press Anthology Series. She tells stories about the events that are close to her experiences growing up in scenic Clay County.


C. Pleasants York : It is hard to believe the kindness of some people who make the lives of others better. C. Pleasants York of Sanford, NC, is a volunteer court advocate for a domestic violence shelter, but she also helps supervise donations from Retired School Personnel. Monthly donations go to Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption, Books at a Steal, Christian United Outreach Center, Partnership for Children, and HAVEN in Lee County—to many lucky people.

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