|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.
Sample of the work :
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
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.
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 www.profilesandpedigrees.blogspot.com
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
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.
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 www.kennethchamlee.com
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.
is a writer from Greensboro who has published here and there, but is still
always trying to get it right.
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 Amazon.com
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
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
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.
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,
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 www.peggyduganfrench.com
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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. https://www.annegruner.com
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
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.
is a professional photographer working on coffee table books using her poetry as
captions. You can see her
photography on her website www.JoeBay.com
under Portfolio. She is happy to
again be a NCWN member. She and her husband are building a house in Andrews, NC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: celiamiles.com
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
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.
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 whispersinthewind333.blogspot.com
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.
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.
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: https://rothpoetry.wordpress.com/
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
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,
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.