After the Storm: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Status: This 90 page book of poems and short shorts has a theme of anything about the mountains---the people, the places, the activities, etc., nature, weather, or spring. 


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Cover photo by: Allison Tomas. Allison and her husband, Don, were at Bear Lake one afternoon and as they were driving past the lake, they saw the rainbow, actually a double rainbow...hard to see the second one in the photo.


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About the book

Anything about the mountains---the people, the places, the activities, etc., nature, weather, or spring.

Sample of the work :

Chaos of life

     Parker Davis


I was lost in the chaos of life,

Struggling with expectations so high,

The weight of others’ expectations, so much to bear,

Leaving me feeling lost and scared.

But then I found my escape,

In the quiet and stillness of the mountains so great,

With their towering peaks and rolling hills,

They gave me the space and peace to just be still.

The sound of the river and the rustling leaves,

Helped me to find the calm I needed to breathe,

The vastness of the horizon, so clear and so bright,

Opened my mind to what was truly important in life.

With every step I took, I felt my soul awake,

And the weight of expectations began to break,

I found my purpose, my passions, and my peace,

And I knew that this was where I was meant to be.

So now, I return to the mountains, time and time again,

For they have saved me from the expectations that remain,

And with each visit, I find a deeper sense of who I am,

Thanks to the mountains, I am finally free.

PARKER DAVIS is a 16-year-old girl residing in the small town of Vienna, GA. Her love for the outdoors, mountains, and rivers is unparalleled, and she spends most of her free time exploring the natural beauty of her surroundings. In her English class, Parker discovered the world of poetry and found that it provided an outlet to express her innermost feelings and emotions. With a passion for writing and a deep appreciation for nature, Parker hopes to continue exploring and sharing her love for both through her poetry.

Chaotic Art Class

Brenda Kay Ledford


I DREADED DRIVING to Tri-County Community College for my art class. We were under a severe storm threat, but I had to attend the session to get credit.

     Just as I reached the college, a flash flood tore loose. I raced to the building and got soaking wet. I hoped the instructor would dismiss class early, but he didn’t. Minute by minute I grew more anxious.

     The instructor was impatient with the students. Perhaps he was nervous about the storm, too. He expected our drawings to be perfect. I didn’t like working with charcoal. It was a messy medium and he corrected me for erasing.

     "Don’t use your eraser," he ordered. "This is how you should draw an apple," he said and made marks on my paper.

     I tried to draw like him, but couldn’t capture the image. He told me not to copy his drawing. Just then thunder shook the building and I almost jumped out of my seat.

     Another student yelled. "Don’t be afraid," I said. "We’re safe inside the building."

     The grumpy teacher frowned and told me not to disturb the class. By that time, I was ready to walk out of his class. The electricity zapped. I trembled like a leaf and dug for a flashlight in my purse. I led the students down the hall to the front door.

     Ihad never seen such a vicious storm. Despite the warnings from other students, I headed out to my car. Lightning lit the sky and thunder shook my car. I could barely see to drive for the blinding rain. It was a miracle I reached home. Mama hugged me when I got home, but chastised me for driving in such horrendous weather. Later I learned a tornado ripped through old 64-west and it barely missed me.

BRENDA KAY LEDFORD resides in Clay County, NC. Her work appears in 51 Old Mountain Press anthologies and other journals. Her new book, Leatherwood Falls, Blue Ridge Mountain Poems, is upcoming with Kelsay Books. It’s a memoir of her brother, Harold Ledford, a US Army veteran who served in Vietnam, and was a law enforcement officer 30 years with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.

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; and is a two-time Pushcart nominee.


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, North Carolina. Member of Winston-Salem Writers. NC Poetry Society, NC Writers Network. Published books include, Coyote with Coffee (Catbird on the Yadkin Press, NC 2014). Visitations (Hermit Feathers Press, NC 2019). Slip (Hermit Feathers Press, NC 2020). Her newest collection, Where the Deer Sleep (Hermit Feathers Press, NC 2022). Known local animal whisperer to Donkeys, Coyotes and “Crow Folk.”


Glenda Council Beall lives in Hayesville, NC. Her publishing credits include a book of poetry and Paws, Claws, Hooves, Feathers and Fins, a collection of fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and photographs. Her poems and prose have been widely published in reviews and journals. She is Program Coordinator for the NCWN-West. She taught memoir writing on Zoom for the past three years. Read more at .


Marcie Behm-Bultz is a population scientist and demographer whose writing is based in human geography and exotic locations. Marcie’s literary work has been featured in numerous publications such as the BorderLines Anthology, Old Mountain Press anthologies, The Deadly Writers Patrol Anthology, the Catfish Stew annual magazine, and the SC Writer’s Association Petigru Review. She is a 2018/2019 Pushcart Prize nominee and a member of the CSRA/Savannah River Poets.  She resides in Vienna, Austria.


Kerri Habben Bosman is a writer in Chapel Hill, 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.


Toby Bunton was born in Mount Airy, NC in 1976, but has deep roots in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. His poems reflect his mountain heritage and blue-collar upbringing. Toby loves writing about tin roofs, rusty chains, and his family. His poetry appeared in Winston Salem Writers’ POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT PROGRAM in 2016. 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. She enjoys everyday and all her gentleman callers who bring her presents.


Kenneth Chamlee’s poems have appeared in several Old Mountain Press anthologies. His most recent collections are If Not These Things (Kelsay Books, 2022) and The Best Material for the Artist in the World (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2023), a poetic biography of 19th century American landscape painter Albert Bierstadt. Ken lives in Mills River, NC, and you can learn more at .


Raven Chiong began writing at age five as a pen pal to her absent mother. Her first poetry collection, Ode to the Still Small Voice-A Memoir of Listening will be birthed by Covenant Books in Spring, 2023. She is the new Clay County Representative for N.C. Writers’ Network-West. Most importantly, Raven is the proud mama of four rescue dogs who found her wandering around the coral pink sand dunes of Southern Utah.


Steve Cushman is a writer from Greensboro who has published here and there, but is still always trying to get it right.


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, a retired Special Forces soldier, has written and published his memoir, The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On: A March From Private to Colonel.


Bob Demaree is the author of four book-length collections of poems, published by Beech River Books. His poems have received first place in competitions sponsored by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire and the Burlington Writers Club. A retired educator, he lives in Burlington, NC, and Wolfeboro, NH.


Suzanne Delaney is a Retired RN. Born in Australia, she lived in the Honolulu for 40 yrs and now lives in NC. A regular contributor to OMP, her poems are 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: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry from Around the World Paperback available on


Nancy Dillingham is associate editor of the online poetry journal Speckled Trout Review and coeditor of four anthologies of western North Carolina women writers. Current work appeared in The Orchards journal and Persimmon Tree. Her latest publication is the chapbook A Wild Shining. She lives in Asheville, NC.


David Dixon is a physician, poet, and musician who lives and practices in the foothills of North Carolina. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rock & Sling, The Northern Virginia Review, Connecticut River Review, FlyingSouth, The Greensboro Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Scattering of Saints (Hermit Feathers Press, 2022).




deb y felio writes late at night from Boulder CO. Her recent credits include OMP Joy to All,  I-70 Review Anthology, One Sentence Poems, Refuse to Stay Silent and Gabriel’s Horn, Startled by Joy and Startled by Nature anthologies. Her cherita sequence was a finalist in MacQueens’s Quarterly March 2021 ekphrastic challenge. She is a child and family therapist when she isn't writing.


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.


Janet Ford was the 2017 recipient of the Guy Owen Prize from Southern Poetry Review, and her poems have appeared in The North Carolina Literary Review Online, Poetry East, and Caesura among other publications. She received the 2022 Margaret Laughter Myers Residency Fellowship Award, and her work is currently featured in Poetry in Plain Sight. Janet lives in Taylorsville, NC.


Joanne Kennedy Frazer, a retired peace and justice director and educator for faith-based organizations, is a third-act-of-life poet. She enjoys writing on issues of justice, the natural world and spirituality .Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and e-zines. Her second chapbook Seasonings (Kelsay Press), will be published in early 2023. She lives in Durham, NC.


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



Michael Gaspeny’s novel A Postcard from the Delta appeared last October from Livingston Press. He is the author of the novella in verse, The Tyranny of Questions (Unicorn Press), and the chapbooks Re-Write Men and Vocation. He has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition and the O. Henry Festival Short Fiction Contest. For hospice service, he received The NC Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence. He lives in Greensboro, NC.


James Gibson (Northville, Michigan), private pilot, scuba diver, and auto industry retiree , has another auto industry-theme manuscript, To Live or Die in Panama in progress. His first five novels featured Native American culture in the “Anasazi Quest” series. His eighth novel, To Live or Die in Taiwan was published in 2018.


Marian Gowan is a regular contributor to Old Mountain Press anthologies. Her work has appeared in several southern regional publications. She retired to the NC mountains in 2001 but returned to 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.


Anne Gruner, a former CIA intelligence analyst and lawyer, lives in McLean, VA. Her work includes a Pushcart-nominated short story in Constellations: Journal of Poetry and Fiction, and prize-winning poem in Humans of the World. Her work has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, Avalon Literary Review, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Silver Spoon Magazine, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Plum Tree Tavern, Jalmurra, Written Tales, Spillwords, Superpresent Magazine, Old Mountain Press, and The Cipher Brief.


Cordelia Hanemann, writer and botanical artist, co-hosts Summer Poets, a poetry critique group in Raleigh, NC and recently judged youth poetry for the NCPS. She has published in Atlanta Review, redivider, and California Review; in numerous 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 continues to work on her 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: Reach of Song. Also, she placed 3rd in a national poetry contest several years ago. She lives in Tucker, Georgia, and is a retired teacher.


Peggy Heitmann has published poems in Words & Whispers, The Curator,  Months to Years, Last Leaves, and The Impostor, among others. She considers herself both word and visual artist. Peggy lives in Raleigh, NC area with her husband and 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.


Jill Jennings’ work has appeared in Atlanta Review; Oberon; Calamari; Reach of Song; Encore; and Please See Me journals. Her 3 full-length books include The Poetry Alarm Clock; Dead Man’s Flower; and Pineapple Wine: Poems of Maui. She has received numerous prizes and awards including the U.S Congressional Commendation. A GA native, she now lives in Fort Myers, FL.


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 fifty anthologies and periodicals. His works have been published in all 51 Old Mountain Press Anthologies.


Jo Koster is still teaching English at Winthrop University, but is anticipating retirement in the next couple of years, when the absence of committee meetings will give her more time to write poetry. She and her cat Max live in Rock Hill, SC.


Patsy Kennedy Lain resides in Hubert, North Carolina. She has published works in over 25 Old Mountain Press anthologies plus others. Patsy has published works in several magazines and a local newspaper. She has published three books thus far, BACKROADS and FLASHBACKS, poetry collections, and her most recent, SMORGASBORD, a collection of short stories. She has won multiple awards and honors for her writing and paintings over the past fourteen years. She continues to paint, write and work toward publishing other books.


Brenda Kay Ledford resides in Clay County, NC. Her work appears in 51 Old Mountain Press anthologies and other journals. Her new book, Leatherwood Falls, Blue Ridge Mountain Poems, is upcoming with Kelsay Books. It’s a memoir of her brother, Harold Ledford, a US Army veteran who served in Vietnam, and was a law enforcement officer 30 years with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.


K. A. Lewis graduated from the Corcoran School of Art in 1986. Her work experience includes cake decorating, jewelry sales, a hypnosis certification, being robbed at gunpoint, and 32 years as a custom picture framer. She writes fantasy and SF, and since 2014, her poetry, flash fiction, and genre fiction have been published in over twenty anthologies. Katy and her husband live with four demanding cats in a small book-stuffed house in Falls Church, VA.


Valerie Macon’s work has appeared in venues such as Winston-Salem Writers’ Poetry in Plain Sight, Kakalak, Visions International, Clockhouse Review. Her essays appear in Personal Essay Publishing Project and are included in 6-Minute Stories Podcast. Her books of poetry are Shelf Life, Sleeping Rough, A String of Black Pearls, The Shape of Today, and Page Turner. She lives in Fuquay-Varina, NC where she writes feature stories for Suburban Living Magazine.

Preston Martin’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including the recent “ I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing” Ohio’s Appalachian Voices. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC where he is an educator.


Celia Miles is a Jackson County native, living and writing in Asheville, NC. A retired community college instructor, she has published eleven novels, a textbook, and various articles about her interests in old grist mills and Neolithic sites. Her latest grist mill mystery is The Secret at the Little Lost Mill about the primitive horizontal mills in early Appalachia. website:


Mona Miracle, born in Kentucky, has lived in Asheville thirty-three years. She earned an M.A. at Univ. of Florida and an Ed.S. at Nova Univ. While working in Florida, she won first prize for fiction in a Florida Freelance Writers Annual Competition. Amazon lists her e-book and print formats including the novel Wesley’s Gift, which deals with racism, 21 cats, technophobia, and a wife pressing for equality. 


Linda O’Donnell lives with her dog, a cat, and four horses on a small farm on the outskirts of Jacksonville, North Carolina. A former Marine and a retired school teacher, she currently volunteers her time with a writing group at her local Senior Center.


Bev Ohler spent her younger says in the Northeast, but lived in the NC Mountains most of her life. A Theater designer, artist, teacher, creator of festivals, and writer of stories and books, she was part of Warren Wilson College most of her career. She now loves living and working in Black Mountain.


Karen O’Leary is a writer and editor from West Fargo, ND. She has published poetry, short stories, and articles in a variety of venues including, Hedgerow, Frogpond, Setu, Fine Lines, Atlas Poetica and Quill & Parchment. She has been published in several Old Mountain Press anthologies. She enjoys sharing the gift of words. Karen edited an international online journal called Whispers for 5 ½ years


Martha O’Quinn is a longtime contributor to OMP Anthologies.  Her poetry  and prose (non-fiction) reflect a true southern heritage. Her work has appeared in a number of Southern publications.  She lives in Loganville, GA, mother of two, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six.


David Plunkett lives in Young Harris, GA, and is the author of two novels Chessboard and Poisoned Pawn. His poetry and short stories have appeared in various publications including prior Old Mountain Press anthologies.


Michael Potts has written the novels End of Summer, Unpardonable Sin, and Obedience, and the poetry anthologies From Field to Thicket and Hiding from the Reaper and Other Horror Poems. He lives with his wife, Karen, and seven cats in Coats, North Carolina.


Nancy Posey is a freelance music writer, English adjunct professor, and doctoral candidate. Her chapbook Let the Lady Speak was a Poetic Asides November Chapbook Challenge winner. Her poems have appeared in Oxford Poetry, Poetry South, Wild Goose Review and more. She is co-host of Black Dog Open Mic, a monthly poetry event that has been virtual since 2020.



Jordan Rhodes is a professional actor, playwright, writer, novelist & director that has over200 film & television credits to his name. His poems have been published in OMP Anthologies, and he is an award winning playwright and actor for the play, PAPA “the man, the myth, the legend”, about the life of Ernest Hemingway. He has written a number of screenplays, and currently resides in New York City with his wife, actress & singer-songwriter, Lynn Moore Rhodes.


Lynn Moore Rhodes is new to OMP, but is a published author with a number of short stories to her credit. In addition, she is an actress, singer and songwriter that just recently completed her second CD album of jazz classical standards. She has also co-starred in a new TV pilot based on Calvin Bacote’s novel, entitled “Lawyer’s & Judge’s.” A native of North Carolina, she currently resides in New York City.


Mary Ricketson lives in Murphy NC, works as a mental health counselor and a blueberry farmer. Her poems often reflect the healing power of nature, surrounding mountains as midwife for her words. Her published collections are I Hear the River Call My Name, Hanging Dog Creek, Shade and Shelter, Mississippi: The Story of Luke and Marian, in Place, and Lira, Poems of a Woodland Woman, and Precious the Mule.


Edward J. Rielly is a professor emeritus at Saint Joseph’s College in ME, where he created and directed the college’s Writing and Publishing program.  A widely published author, his most recent books are Native American Women Leaders: Fourteen Profiles, Beautiful Lightning: Spiritual Poems in a Difficult World, and Playing Solitaire: Poems.  He live in Westbrook, ME, with his wife, Jeanne.


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:


Maria Rouphail is the author of Apertures, Second Skin, and All the Way to China. She is presently working on her fourth book manuscript, this small house, this big sky. Maria Rouphail lives in Raleigh, NC.


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, the Tanka Society of America and the Australian Haiku Society. Barbara’s last two books Far More Than I Ever Was and Darkness In A Noonday Night were published last year. She and her husband Randolph currently reside in Winchester, TN.


Rishan Singh, a professional poet, has been published in books and magazines. He resides in South Africa, and has built a repertoire of work that cannot, and must not, be challenged. He is also published in the sciences, and is active as an artist at various language, writing and literary events in SA. He is currently Queensburgh Poet Laureate.


Paul Sherman plays Parcheesi with any of his five children willing to endure his competitive will to win. Is he a mountain man? He does live in the Black Mountains of North Carolina. Mt. Mitchell to be exact. But a brother from out west claims these Appalachians are not real mountains. You punk, Paul thinks, our mountains are older, wiser, but Paul doesn’t like wasting words on stone, tells him via telepathy, bring it.


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 National Museum of American History selected her photo, skirt, and costume designs to represent all teens from the 1950's;. ‘Girlhood’ exhibit opened 10-2020, closed 12-31- 2022 and began its 2 year tour 1-2023.


Carroll S. Taylor is a retired educator who lives with her husband in Hiawassee, GA. She is an author, poet, and playwright. She collaborated with Raven Chiong to bring their historical one-act play Beneath the Sky and Waters to the Peacock Theater, Hayesville, NC, as part of Scribes on Stage in 2022. She loves reptiles and amphibians, especially turtles and snakes, which often find their way into her poetry, young adult novels, and stories.


Mikelle Terson is an artist, author, actress, yogi. She lives in NYC and upstate, NY. Mikelle Authored How to Draw Yoga Stick Figures Contributed to Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired, Mary E. Siegel, Paul J. Donoghue, Poetry of Yoga Anthology, Volume 2 edited by Hawah. She performed poetry at Irish Arts Ourland Festival, Lincoln Center. A Cornell grad, Mikelle credits her poetry to the taking of long showers and her late mentor, Michael Sayers.


Rebekah Timms has been a regular contributor to OMP anthologies since 2016. She lives in Greenwood, SC, a few miles from where she was born. Although she has lived in several states and traveled widely, she remains a deeply rooted South Carolinian. She now lives with her latest love: a cat named Princess Taffy who tolerates her hobbies of scrapbooking & playing bridge.

Carolyn Tripp, is lucky enough to live in Travelers Rest, SC with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She loves hiking trails there, as well as, favorites in Arizona, Colorado, and Michigan.


Elizabeth Watson has fond memories of the Appalachian Mountains, both north and south. She shares her experiences in many anthologies including editions of Old Mountain Press. Eleven years ago, the Watsons coasted down to Greenville to a retirement community, The Woodlands at Furman, where they claim to live in “our treehouse.” Still missing the mountains, they joke that two miles away they can park at CVS in Travelers Rest, and gaze west to get their therapeutic mountain view fix.


Barbara Ledford Wright is a resident of Shelby, NC. She’s an associate editor to Moonshine and Blind Mules 49 stories to Old Mountain Press anthology series, including Mountain Writing, Clay and Cherokee County Souvenir Edition’s, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Express Yourself 101 Vol 2 For Your Eyes Only, Kaleidoscope, Fireflies and June Bugs, Yesterdays Magazette, Christmas Presence, Clothes Lines, Women's Spaces Women’s Places, Fresh, Mused Bread ‘N Molasses, Northern Stars, The Oxford So and So, Carolina Country, Guidepost.

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