|Down by the Sea: A Poetry and Prose Anthology
Status: This 96 page book of poems and short shorts has a theme of anything relating to the beach, ocean, lake, rivers, beach/lake towns or people, on or in the water, and/or those lazy hazy crazy days of Summer.
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Cover Photo by: JoAnna Arnold: Indian Pass Beach, located on Florida’s Forgotten Gulf Coast, provides seclusion and serenity for those lucky enough to discover its beauty. This photo, taken by JoAnna Arnold, captures the late afternoon sun and seashells of this pristine beach.
Sample of the work:
a regular contributor to Old Mountain Press anthologies, is an enthusiastic
educator of literacy in French, Spanish, and English. She currently lives in
Americus, Georgia, with her husband Bob and serves as a coordinator for
languages and literacy at a local charter school.
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.”
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
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
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,
S. G. (Sandy) Benson
has been writing articles and feature stories since 1971. Her work has
appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers nationwide. She published her
first book, My Mother’s Keeper: One Family’s Journey Through Dementia
in 2021, and is working on another. This is her fourth OMP anthology
contribution. She writes from her home in Warne, NC, where she lives with her
husband, Barry, and two bossy dachshunds.
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
Rachel Bronnum lives
in Lawrenceville, GA and Highlands, NC. She
has ventured back into putting words on paper
after a pandemic hiatus when she lacked inspiration.
No one wants a pandemic poem! She
is grateful for the opportunity to submit her work to Old Mountain Press.
holds degrees in English from Davidson College, Appalachian State University,
and Ohio University. He has
published six poetry collections and co-edited an anthology of KY writing.
After teaching for over forty years in the EKU English Department, he
has returned to NC and lives with his wife Alice in Burlington.
Ina Claire “Sam” Bryant,
a 92 year old Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina,
also holds a MA in English. She has published a book of poetry entitled The
Fruit of Years and was include in Poets Pick of Charlotte. Although
Claire grew up in Darlington, SC, she currently lives in Sylva, NC.
was born in Mt. Airy, NC in 1976. His poems reflect his mountain heritage and
blue-collar upbringing. He usually writes about tin roofs, rusty chains, and
his family. His poetry appeared in Winston Salem’s Writers’ POETRY IN
PLAIN SITE PROGRAM in 2016, and his poem “Garden Absentia” appeared in after
the Storm: a Poetry and Prose Anthology from Old Mountain Press in the
summer of 2023.
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.
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 State
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
Raven Chiong began
writing at the age of five as a pen pal to her absent mother. She is the
author of Ode to the Still, Small Voice-A Memoir of Listening published
in 2023. Raven serves as the Clay County Representative for NC Writers’
Network-West. She shares her home with four rescue dogs who found her
wondering in the desert of Southern UT.
is a writer from Greensboro who seems to spend all his non-writing time
walking his lovely pit bull, Lili. He has a new poetry collection, Eating
Paradise Without You, coming out in the fall. A handful of the poems in
the collection first appeared in these here OMP anthologies.
Parker Davis is
a 16-year-old girl from Vienna, GA who has a passion for writing and poetry.
She spends most of her free time exploring the outdoors and taking in all the
beauty that nature has to offer. Parker’s love for adventure has taken her
to many places, and she enjoys traveling and discovering new cultures.
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
Nancy Jo Dederer
has had flash prose and poetry published in several volumes of Old Mountain
Press as well as in Church & Society—Tending the Flame:
Women Called to Lead. Nancy
is a Presbyterian pastor and is currently serving a church in Circleville,
Ohio. She lives with her
musician/artist husband and their 2 year old goldendoodle, Nicholas.
is a Retired RN. Born in Australia, she lived in the Hawaiian Islands 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. All are available on Amazon.com
is the author of four book-length collections of poems, published by Beech
River Books. He is a retired educator with ties to North Carolina, New
Hampshire and Pennsylvania. He resides in Burlington, NC, and Wolfeboro, NH.
is associate editor of the online poetry journal Speckled Trout Review
and the coeditor of four anthologies of western North Carolina women writers.
Her latest published work is the chapbook A Wild Shining and her
forthcoming work is the chapbook entitled Evanescence of Spring. She
lives in Asheville, NC.
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,
and elsewhere. He is the author of The Scattering of Saints (Hermit
Feathers Press, 2022).
Terri Kirby Erickson
is the author of six collections of poetry, including A Sun Inside my Chest,
(Press 53). Her work has appeared in “American Life in Poetry,” The
SUN, The Writer’s Almanac, and numerous other publications. Among her
many poetry awards are the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, Nautilus Silver Book Award,
and the International Book Award for Poetry. She lives with her husband in
Pfafftown, North Carolina.
deb y felio writes
on the mundane, the miraculous and the under-represented sides of historic and
current issues in the hills of Boulder, Colorado. In print are anthologies Hay(na)ku
15( Eileen Tabios, editor); Minnie’s Diary, A Southern Literary
Review October 2018 and Gabriel’s Horn: Startled by Joy’ and Startled
by Nature ( 2020), and Refuse to Stay Silent (2020), I-70 Review,
and OMP anthologies: Joy to All and After the Storm.
Dena M. Ferrari
is a regular contributor to OMP, her poems 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.
Joanne Kennedy Frazer is
a retired peace and justice director and educator for faith-based
organizations at state, diocesan and national levels. Her work has appeared in
numerous anthologies, journals and e-zines, including several Old Mountain
Press’ anthologies, Poetic Portions Anthology, Soul-lit Journal of
Spiritual Poetry, Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine, Panoply Literary
Zine, Snapdragon Journal, Whirlwind Magazine, Spank the Carp, Kakalak, and
Red Clay Review. Five of her poems have been turned into a song cycle,
titled Resistance, by composer Steven Luksan, and performed in Seattle.
Her second chapbook Seasonings (Kelsay Books) has just been published.
Home is 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
is a nurse practitioner with Phoebe Health System in Albany, GA. He has
previously contributed to the OMG Anthologies. He is an avid outdoorsman. He
lives in Sylvester, GA.
who lives in Greensboro, NC, recently published Flight Manual: New and
Selected Poems and A Postcard from the Delta, a Blues-infused novel
about football and racial discord. He’s the author of a novella in verse, The
Tyranny of Questions, and two chapbooks. He has won the Randall Jarrell
Poetry Competition and the O. Henry Festival Short Fiction Contest. For
hospice service, he was awarded the North Carolina Governor’s Award for
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. Anasazi
Princess and Anasazi Journey are now available as E-Books on
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.
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.
writer and artist, currently co-hosts Summer Poets, a poetry critique group in
Raleigh, NC. Active with youth poetry in the NCPS, she is also a botanical
illustrator. She has been published in Atlanta Review, Laurel Review,
California Review, best-selling Poems for the Ukraine. Her poems
have been performed by the Strand Project, featured in select journals, won
awards and been nominated for Pushcarts. She is now working on a novel about
her Cajun roots.
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 issues: Reach of Song and she has been published
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 has
published and forthcoming poems in Last Leaves, The Impostor, and Remington
Review, 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. She met Raven Chiong at the Peacock Theatre on Saturday night
and Raven told her about Old
Mountain Press’ latest anthology.
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.
Susan E. Jones is an artist/poet living in Chapel Hill, NC.
Having spent an adventurous lifetime living in various places around the U.S.
(MI, OR, AZ, NM, UT, WY), she is happy to be settled at last. Susan’s desire
is to find ways to share her feelings about the natural and invisible worlds
and inspire others to do the same.
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.
and her cat Max live in Rock Hill, SC, where they are both looking forward to
retirement and more time to write poetry. In the meantime, Jo teaches English
at Winthrop University and writes about medieval women and manuscripts.
Patsy Kennedy Lain
continues to reside in Hubert, NC. She
has published works in over 25 Old Mountain Press anthologies plus others.
Patsy has also published in several magazines and a local newspaper. She has
published two poetry collections, BACKROADS and FLASHBACK, one
short story collection, SMORGASBORD, and recently published three
children’s books and continues to work on the series.
Patsy has received multiple awards and honors for her writings and
paintings over the years. She
continues to write, paint and publish her works.
and her husband, Jerry, recently moved from South Carolina to Michigan to be
closer to family. This June 20th, they will celebrate their 59th wedding
anniversary. Jerry and Cindy enjoy learning about this beautiful state and
recently spent a week exploring Mackinac Island. Boating through the Straits
of Michigan inspired this poem.
Brenda Kay Ledford
is a seventh-generational native of Clay County, NC. Her work has appeared in
all the Old Mountain Press anthologies and other journals. This year in the
Cherokee/Clay Senior Games Silver Arts Literary Contest, she won a gold medal
for her essay, silver medal for a poem, and bronze medal for a short story.
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
poetry, fantasy, and SF, and since 2014, her work has 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.
poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Tar River
Poetry, Chaffin Journal, Kakalak, Broad River Review, Appalachian Review, Pine
Mountain Sand & Gravel and other journals and anthologies including,
“I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing” Ohio’s Appalachian Voices, He
lives in Chapel Hill, NC where he is an educator.
Celia Hooper Miles,
a Jackson County native, now lives and writes in Asheville. Retired from
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, she has co-authored a college
textbook and co-edited four anthologies of western North Carolina women
writers. The latest of her eleven novels is The Secret at the Little Lost
Mill, the fourth in her Old Grist Mill series, all set in WNC. website: www.celiamiles.com
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. Among her books at Amazon is the novel Wesley’s Gift,
set in Asheville, Charlotte, and Tokyo, Japan.
left NY with her husband for NC where she stayed to live and work most of her
life. She is an artist / theater designer / teacher / director of festivals /
writer and mother of two exceptional daughters, who now lives in Black
Mountain with her dog, Callie. She has written six books and contributed to
magazines and publications for many years.
is a writer and editor from West Fargo, ND. She has published poetry, short
stories, and articles in a variety of venues including, several Old Mountain
Press anthologies, Hedgerow, Tipton Poetry Review, Frogpond, Setu, Fine
Lines, and Quill & Parchment. Karen edited an international
online journal called Whispers
http://whispersinthewind333.blogspot.com/ for 5 ½ years. She enjoys sharing
the gift of words.
has been a contributor to OMP since 2007. Her poetry and prose (non-fiction)
reflects her southern heritage. Her love for writing stems from a lifelong of
reading and serving as a docent in the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic
Site in Flat Rock, NC. She lives near her daughter in Lognville, GA.
has taught poetry as a tool for self-awareness and understanding of the
“other.” His work has been published in The New Verse News, Artist and
Writers Quarterly, Asheville CitizenTimes, Status Hat and other
publications. He was an avid motorcyclist before health considerations forced
him to hang up the helmet. Bill lives in Fairview, NC.
David W. Plunkett
is a novelist and poet living in Young Harris, GA. His novels deal in
international intrigue and draw on his and his wife’s lives in Washington,
DC, where he was an attorney and she a defense policy expert. His poems tend
to deal with the human condition, love and the beauty of the Georgia mountains
where he spent many days of his youth
is Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University. He is the author of the
Southern fiction novel, End of Summer and the horror novels Unpardonable
Sin and Obedience. He also has authored a nonfiction book, Aerobics
for the Mind: Practical Exercises in Philosophy that Anybody can Do. He
lives with his wife, Karen, and six cats in Coats, North Carolina.
lives in Murphy NC, works as mental health counselor and blueberry farmer. Her
published collections are I Hear the River Call My Name, Hanging Dog Creek,
Shade and Shelter, Mississippi: The Story of Luke and Marian, Keeping in
Place, and Lira, Poems of a Woodland Woman, and Precious the
Mule. Her poems reflect the healing powers of nature, path she follows
from Appalachian tradition, surrounding mountains as midwife for her words.
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 three poetry collections: Apertures, Second Skin, and All
the Way to China. She is at work on her fourth, This small house, this
big sky. She lives in Raleigh.
Barbara Tate Sayre
is an award winning artist and writer and a long time contributor to The Old
Mountain Press Anthology Series. Currently a member of British Haiku Society,
the Haiku Society of America and the Tanka Society of America, Barbara
currently resides in Winchester, TN.
Paul Sherman recently
took a part-time job driving a refrigerator truck to counties adjacent to
Yancey where he lives. Occasionally he ends up in Asheville or Boone. He picks
up vegetables from local farms and helps distribute the goods to individuals,
restaurants and churches. He is learning the backroads of Bakersville, Spruce
Pine and Burnsville.
is a hospital dentist. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Davidson College.
He earned his DDS degree and completed his Advanced General Dentistry
Residency at UNC-CH. He lives in Asheville with his wife, Linda.
is the author of Country and many other books.
He lives near Benson, NC.
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 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. Lois lives in Pittsford, NY.
Carroll S. Taylor
is a retired educator who lives with her husband in Hiawassee, GA. She is a
writer, poet, and playwright. She collaborated with Raven Chiong to bring
their historical one-act play Beneath the Sky and Waters to The Peacock
Theater stage, Hayesville, NC, in 2022. She loves reptiles and amphibians,
which often find their way into her poetry, young adult novels, and short
stories. Her latest children’s book, Ella’s Quilt, is forthcoming.
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.
has always loved the beach. She’s been lucky enough to spend extended time
on the Florida Panhandle, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the South
Carolina Low Country, and along the northern shores of Lake Michigan. Petoskey
stones, lettered olive shells, and shark teeth are favorite finds. Her home in
Travelers Rest, SC is 229 miles from the beach.
Elizabeth (Betty) Watson
and her husband Doug collaborated on OUT OF CONTROL. Two memories were
better than one as she recorded their vivid recollection of The Perfect
Storm for another edition of Old Mountain Press. The Watsons left the
coast of MA in '95 for the mountains of NC, and for the last eleven years as
residents at The Woodlands at Furman, an active retirement community in
Greenville, SC. New friends, a mere dusting of snow and no Nor’easters to
lives in Chapel Hill, NC, and currently facilitates a weekly poetry group at
the Seymour Center. She is a retired librarian who spent most of her career in
Peachtree City, GA. “Heat Stroke” was published in a slightly different
form by Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. Rebecca has had work published in
Yemassee Journal (now called Cola Literary Review) and Firewords
Quarterly, as well as a number of anthologies and online publications.
has written for many newspapers like the Sun Bay Press, The Lantern and
the Dahlonega Nugget. He edits and copy writes, writing being his true
vocation, while subsisting as a tradesman. He breathes words, a master of his
birth tongue. His poetic lifework is just now getting broader public view in
publications such as SHEMOM, Vol. 69 & 70. William is a Zen
Buddhist currently residing in Travelers Rest, SC
Barbara Ledford Wright’s
publishing credits include 51 Old Mountain Press Anthology Series. Her work
has been published in many journals and anthologies. She’s a retired
educator and loves genealogy. Barbara presently resides in Shelby, NC.
GP Whelan is a full time dreamer and a part-time wanderer. He lived in Southwest Florida. He is an author of three self published books: In Search of a Spanish Kiss a novel, Tales of a Boy’s Heart, a collection of poems and short stories, and Sons of the Emerald Isle a novel. All are available at Amazon Books. Comments appreciated at email@example.com