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. 

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About the book

Anything relating to the beach, ocean, lake, beach/lake towns or people, on or in the water, and/or those lazy hazy days of Summer. 

Sample of the work:


     Carroll S. Taylor


His body glides through brackish water,

his nostrils and eyes barely breaking the surface,

with his head and snout camouflaged

by roots and leaves of floating plants.

Sensing my presence near the edge of his sanctuary,

he stills himself with the wisdom of an ancient hunter.

His deep black eyes observe me with wariness.

Does he know I see him, too? I’m certain he does.

What does he think of me? What am I to him?

Am I a feared predator, his human enemy?

Am I prey to satisfy his hunger?

Or am I merely a brief curiosity?

I do not imagine expensive shoes and purses

nor do I picture skewers of his fried flesh.

I envision tough skin, sinews, speed, power, grace,

a primal fierceness to survive at any cost,

a prehistoric DNA that has traveled through time.

I look more carefully into his watchful eyes.

Dark orbs reflect a history which cannot be spoken.

We study each other a moment longer,

he in the growing shadows of tall grass

and I on the sun-bleached dock.

A child of the water and a child of the land,

we have seen enough through our uneasy trust.

In an instant he slips deeper into the tidal marsh

and silently bears his history away.

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 Theatre 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.

Long Lost Somebody

Barbara Tate Sayre


RAYMOND OFTEN WONDERS about a girl he met at Euclid Beach Park the day of the Goodyear Picnic sixty years ago. Scenes return when his mind regresses and empties of all things relevant, usually in the summer when he wheels himself out the exit door and into the walled meditation garden. She’ll appear in the twilight when mourning doves are the loneliest, the young beautiful girl, full of life, laughing as she took his hand those many years ago.

     That August afternoon she’d taken his picture with her Brownie Hawkeye before they got on Euclid Beach’s new attraction named the Flying Turns. Terrified of the ride, life flashed before his eyes as he forced a sickly smile, pretending to be brave as his fifteen years would allow and hoped he’d see his sixteenth birthday in two months. He’d do anything for the pretty girl with the long dark hair. As the wooden car clickety clacked slowly to the point of no return he tentatively put his left arm around her, grabbed the safety bar with the other and nervously confessed his virginity to the girl he wanted to give it to. He held tightly for the 40 second descent and when the ride stopped she laughingly pried his fingers from the safety bar. He also remembers two coins he’d thrown in a wishing well that day.

     ...A breeze from forgotten years reminds him he’s a long way from nowhere, a long way from the shores of Lake Erie and the amusement park that used to be there. Tears dry in a haze of old age confusion and he wonders what happened to those two wishes and the girl whose name he forgot.

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.

About the Authors TBP 


JoAnna Arnold, 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.


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.”

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.

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.

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 Canada.

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.

Harry Brown 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.

Toby Bunton 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.


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.

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 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

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.

Steve Cushman 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.

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.

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.

Suzanne Delaney 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

Bob Demaree 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.

Nancy Dillingham 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.

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, 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    


Bob Garrett 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.

Michael Gaspeny, 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 Volunteer Excellence.

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

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 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.

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 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.

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.  She met Raven Chiong at the Peacock Theatre on Saturday night and Raven told  her about Old Mountain Press’ latest anthology.


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.

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.

Jo Kosster 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.

Cindy Larson 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.


Preston Martin 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:

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. Among her books at Amazon is the novel Wesley’s Gift, set in Asheville, Charlotte, and Tokyo, Japan.


Bev Ohler 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.

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, several Old Mountain Press anthologies, Hedgerow, Tipton Poetry Review, Frogpond, Setu, Fine Lines, and Quill & Parchment. Karen edited an international online journal called Whispers for 5 ½ years. She enjoys sharing the gift of words.

Martha O’Quinn 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.


Bill Petz 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 

Michael Potts 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.


Mary Ricketson 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.

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 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.

David Snyder 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.

Shelby Stephenson 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.

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 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 deal with.

Rebecca Watts 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. 

William Wehunt 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

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