Fun in the Surf: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Status: In publication

The theme is anything about rivers, oceans, lakes, water activities, costal people, the coast, etc. or summer in general. Fifty writers from across the country have contributed to this work!

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About the book Any work that has anything about the oceans, rivers, ponds, any thing aquatic, places, people, activities or summer as its theme.

Sample of the work:

Twilight Palette
     Susan Snowden

Two silver slips of cloud meet,

then part to make way for the celestial deposit:

a giant Chinese-red token of sun,

dropped in the slot,

Nature’s payoff for a trip to the pier.

Granny’s Zebco clicks;

she jerks the old rod,

clucks at her failure to snag the elusive bream,

whose yellow eyes glint

beneath the murky surface.

An orange cat licks hungrily at fish blood

and shrimp shells on gray weathered dock planks.

Beyond the estuary

black skimmers and gulls dip and plunge

into glassy Topsail Sound,

while twenty miles out

the tourmaline Gulf Stream band flashes neon

in fading light.

SUSAN SNOWEDN'S poems and stories have been published in more than forty literary journals. Her novel, Southern Fried Lies, was published by Archer Hill Publishing in 2012. Her story collection, A Closet Full of Masks, was published in 2015, also by Archer Hill. The novel received an IPPY Award in 2013 for best new fiction in the Southeast. Susan lives in Hendersonville, NC.

Hyatt Mill Creek

Brenda Kay Ledford


EARLY ONE SUMMER morning, Daddy took my brother and me fishing. The sun shimmied over Brasstown Bald like a washtub and set Hyatt Mill Creek afire.

     My brother carried red worms for bait in a tin can. Daddy whistled as he tromped to the creek with the cane poles bouncing over his shoulder. I skipped behind them and picked daisies that sprinkled the mountain trail.

     "Hurry, Brenda!" ordered big brother. "You don’t have time to pick flowers."

     Daddy just smiled and patted my head. "We’ve got all day to fish. The bass isn’t going anywhere except on our table for supper."

     When we got to Hyatt Mill Creek, I refused to bait the fishing pole. "I can’t touch that nasty old red worm," I said with a screech. My brother laughed and teased me.

     Daddy frowned at Harold and baited the fishing pole. He showed me how to cast the line and said to wait for the bass to bite. I soon grew tired. "Where are the fish?" I asked.

     "Quiet! You’ll scare them off. Fishing takes a lot of patience," said Daddy and his blue eyes sparkled.

     Harold’s line jerked and he struggled to reel it to shore. "It’s a big one!" he shouted. The fish fought, but my brother finally retrieved the five-pound largemouth bass. "Wow! What a catch."

     When Daddy and Harold had caught enough fish for our supper, we headed home. I raced to keep pace with them. I was empty-handed. Not one fish had I caught, but I picked a bouquet of wildflowers for Mother to decorate the dining room table. She seemed more pleased with my present than the fish Daddy and Harold had caught.

BRENDA KAY LEDFORD lives in Hayesville, NC. Her work has appeared in many journals and 36 Old Mountain Press anthologies. Her life-experience essay, "The Front Porch," won first place in the 2018 Cherokee/Clay County Senior Games Silver Arts Literary Contest. She qualified for the State Finals this fall in Raleigh, NC.


About the Authors 


Linda Adcock lives in Washington, DC. She participates in several poetry groups after having spent decades overseas teaching English.


JoAnna Arnold, an enthusiastic French and Spanish teacher, is a regular contributor to anthologies for Old Mountain Press. She earned a Master of French Studies from Auburn University and a Master of Education from UAB. She also holds certifications in Spanish, English, and ESOL. When not teaching, she prefers to nurture her insatiable love for travel throughout Europe and Latin America. Arnold lives in Americus, Georgia, with her husband Bob and their three children.


Frederick W. Bassett is a retired academic who turned to creative writing late in life. His poems have appeared widely in anthologies and journals, including Atlanta Review, Illuminations, Negative Capability, Mudfish, Passager, Pembroke Magazine, POEM, Slant, The Cape Rock, Timberline Review, Yemassee, and Zone 3. He has four books of poetry and two novels of a planned trilogy. An Alabama native, he currently lives in Greenwood, SC.


Marcie Behm-Bultz is a population scientist and world traveler who often bases her poetry around human geography and exotic locations. Her written work has appeared in both scientific journals and poetry anthologies. Her family and its assorted pets live in S.C.


Tom Davis’s 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 May 2013 (poetry month). He’s authored the following books: The Life and Times of Rip Jackson; A children’s coloring book, Pickaberry Pig’s First Day of School, The Patrol Order; and an action adventure novel, The R-complex. Tom has recently completed his memoir. He lives in Webster, NC.


Nancy Dillingham’s poetry, short fiction, and commentary have appeared in many publications. She is the author of eleven books and chapbooks, collaborator on Reflections in a River: Photographs by Joan Medlicott Haiku by Nancy Dillingham, and co-editor of four anthologies. Like Headlines: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Red Dirt Press. Her collection of poetry, Home, was nominated for a SIBA. Nancy lives in Asheville, NC


Terri Kirby Erickson is the author of five collections of poetry, including Becoming the Blue Heron (Press 53). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Life in Poetry, Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, The Christian Century, North Carolina Literary Review, The Sun Magazine, The Writer's Almanac, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, and many others. Awards include the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize and a Nautilus Silver Book Award. She lives in Pfafftown, NC.


Dena M. Ferrari is a regular contributor to OMP. Dena’s poetry is 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.


Ann Fogelman , has a graduate degree in Public Health Nutrition. During WWII she served in the WAVES. Her work has appeared in The Noble Generation, That Thing You Do, Pets Across America, Texas Poetry Calendar , Boundless , OMP Anthologies and school publications. Ann is a member of Bay Area Writers League , Poetry Society of Texas  and Osher Lifetime Learning Institute at UTMB, Galveston, TX. Ann lives in Friendswood, TX.


Joanne Kennedy Frazer is a retired peace and justice director and educator for faith-based organizations at state, diocesan and national levels. Penning life’s passions into poetry is the delight of her silvering years. Her work has appeared in several Old Mountain Press’ anthologies, Poetic Portions 2015 anthology, Soul-lit Journal of Spiritual Poetry, Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine, Panoply Literary Zine, Snapdragon Journal, Whirlwind Magazine, Spank the Carp, and Kakalak 2017. She lives in Durham. NC.


Lynda Fredsell enjoys writing personal essays for Old Mountain Press and OLLI quarterly journals. She is presently compiling a memoir for her grandchildren. When not writing, Lynda enjoys attending OLLI classes at Furman University, playing chess, volunteering in her church and community, and cat-sitting for her sons in Charleston and Atlanta. Lynda lives in Greenville, SC, with a yard full of birds and white squirrels.


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


Marian Gowan is author of Notes from the Trunk, published by Old Mountain Press. Her work has appeared in many Old Mountain Press anthologies and southern regional publications. She retired to the NC mountains from western NY in 2001, but in 2017, returned to western NY 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.


Kerri Mai Habben is a writer in Raleigh, 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 United States and Canada. She enjoys writing fiction and creative nonfiction in addition to her love of poetry.


Karen Hammond lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband David. After writing for her children and grandchildren for many years, Karen has shifted her focus, writing a book about life in the Outer Banks. Charlie's Tale is a chapter in her yet to be published book, Birdie Told Me.

MaXine Carey Harker has a dual set of families–-one in Idaho and one in NC. She married a sailor she met on a bus in 1953. The happy result was the excuse to travel cross country camping in every state of the union both with and without their 5 children interspersed with many trips abroad. She has taught Writing For Publication for many years MaXine, and her husband Berkley, are now 89 living in a one-stop-light town of Grifton, NC.


Joseph Haymore is a wannabe poet near Fayetteville, NC. His inclusion in this anthology cleverly uses the haiku format for the title and the poem is a sonnet. These are his attempts at illustrating his poetic acumen to the Old Mountain Press.


Bob Hewett is 85 years of age and writes poems, short stories, humor and satire along with accounts of his father’s story telling skill. Hewett has been named poet of the month on three online writing groups and poet of the year on another. He has published 3 children books. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies. His website is


K. D. Kennedy, Jr. has published four (4) books of poetry, short stories, and essays: Our Place In Time, Waiting Out In The Yard, For Rhyme Of Reason, and Progenitors: A Kennedy Genealogy. He has also published works in over twenty anthologies and periodicals. He has served as Chairman of the following: The Board of Trustees of Barton College, the North Carolina Board of Ethics, the North Carolina Theater, and the Building Committee of the Duke Power Performing Arts Center.


Jo Koster and her cat Max live in Rock Hill, SC, where she teaches English and medieval studies at Winthrop University and tries to find more time to write. She is not an accomplished sand castle builder.


Patsy Kennedy Lain resides in Hubert, North Carolina, and relies on past memories, family stories, everyday life and travels to inspire her work. She expresses her passions through writing and painting. Patsy has works published in many anthologies, magazines, and a local paper. She has received multiple awards for her works.


Cindy Larson, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, lived with her husband, Jerry, in Connecticut for 33 years. They found Glassy Mountain, Landrum, South Carolina, to be their favorite location for the past 17 years and are now new residents of The Woodlands at Furman, Greenville, SC.


Blanche L. Ledford lives in Hayesville, NC. Her work has appeared in many Old Mountain Press anthologies and other journals. Her poem, “Trees,” won second place in the Cherokee/Clay Senior Games Silver Arts Literary Contest for 2018. She qualified for State Finals in Raleigh, NC.


Brenda Kay Ledford lives in Hayesville, NC. Her work has appeared in many journals and 36 Old Mountain Press anthologies. Her life-experience essay, "The Front Porch," won first place in the 2018 Cherokee/Clay County Senior Games Silver Arts Literary Contest. She qualified for the State Finals this fall in Raleigh, NC.


Celia Hooper Miles, a Jackson County native, lives, edits, writes, and travels from Asheville, NC. Her passions are old grist mills and Neolithic sites, and her short stories and novels reflect both. Her work is available in regional bookstores, on, online, on Kindle and (Mattie’s Girl and Sarranda) on Audible Books. Her eighth novel, Sarranda’s Legacy, the third in the Sarranda trilogy, will be out this summer.


Mona Miracle, before settling in Asheville, NC,  was a featured presenter at South Florida Poetry Society, and a three-category winner in Florida Freelance Writers Association Annual Competition. displays excerpts of her published works, including the novel Wesley’s Gift; and Amazon has available her books in both ebook and print formats.  Developing a non-fiction book for next spring, Mona is currently researching elder-ager woes and wows.


Peter Molberg has retired from the practice of medicine and is now practicing writing. He hopes that he can write enough in quality and quantity that his grandchildren will get a feel for who he was and what he did. He now lives in Falls Church, VA, with Nazeema Karim, his canoeing partner and spouse of 46 years.


Bev Ohler grew up in the Northeast, but has lived in NC more of her life, most of the time associated with Warren Wilson College. All forms of art and design occupy her time. Her love of writing has produced six books and many articles and stories for anthologies, magazines and many issues of this publication. She lives 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, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, bear creek haiku, Shemom, Creative Inspirations and NeverEnding Story. She edited an international online journal called Whispers for 5 ½ years. She enjoys sharing the gift of words.


Martha O’Quinn lives in Hendersonville, NC. Having lived in five different states throughout the southeast, her prose and poetry reflect her true southern heritage. Martha is a regular contributor to OMP anthologies and contributed to four anthologies edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham. She and her husband have two children, four grandchildren and three great-grands with the fourth one on the way.


Carol Passmore attended UNC-G, married and had three children all born in Boulder, CO. In 1980 the family moved to Durham, NC where Carol worked at the reference desk of the Durham County Library. Since retirement she enjoys reading, gardening, yoga and writing poetry. She contributed to and co-edited a book of Quaker children stories which was translated into Russian.


Michael Potts’ publications include three novels, two poetry anthologies, two short stories, a personal essay, and numerous poems in literary journals and OMP anthologies. He is Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC and lives with his wife, Karen, and their eight cats in Coats, NC.


Estelle Darrow Rice, a native of NC living in Marble.NC is a poet and writer of short stories and personal essays.  She holds a BA degree in Psychology from Queens University, Charlotte, NC and a MA degree in counseling from the University of South Alabama, Mobile AL. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies.  She is the author of a  book of spiritual poems, Quiet Times. Rice enjoys leading workshops in creative writing.


Mary Ricketson, Murphy NC, is published in Wild Goose Poetry, Future Cycle Press, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Lights in the Mountains, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, her books, I Hear the River Call My Name, Hanging Dog Creek, and Shade and Shelter, and a monthly column in The Cherokee Scout. She won first place in 2011 Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest 75th anniversary national poetry contest. She is a mental health Counselor and blueberry farmer.


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. He had his work in several OMP anthologies. He has self-published four memoirs and three books of poetry and three children’s books. He has nine books or booklets on Amazon Kindle. Dwight and his wife Ruth live near Monroe, NC. He writes daily on his blog: .


Maria Rouphail is the author of two collections of poetry, Apertures, and Second Skin. She has completed and is at work editing the manuscript of her third collection. She lives in Raleigh, NC.


Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler, a Native North Carolinian, lives in Burlington, NC. A former college president, she has published 5+ academic books and 72 articles, edited 22 books/proceedings and 3 national journals, and writes 2 newspaper columns. Her creative writing publications are 11 poetry chapbooks and 5 full-length collections, 125+ short stories, 4 novels, a novella, 5 short story collections, and 2 nonfiction collections; she has written 41 plays. She was a Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet 2013-2015.


Susan Snowden’s poems and stories have been published in more than forty literary journals. Her novel, Southern Fried Lies, was published by Archer Hill Publishing in 2012. Her story collection, A Closet Full of Masks, was published in 2015, also by Archer Hill. The novel received an IPPY Award in 2013 for best new fiction in the Southeast. Susan lives in Hendersonville, NC.


David Snyder is a hospital dentist. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Davidson College. He earned his DDS degree and completed his General Dentistry Residency at UNC-CH. His most recent action adventure novel, Life and Death on the Front Nine, is soon to be published by Martin Sisters Publishing under their Christian Fiction imprint. He also authored a previous novel, The Price of Innocence. He lives in Asheville with his wife, Linda.


Shelby Stephenson, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, lives on Paul's Hill, about ten miles northwest of Benson, NC.


Barbara Tate is an award winning artist and writer currently residing in Winchester, TN. Her work has been published in Modern Haiku, Santa Fe Literary Review, Arizona Quarterly, Hedgerow, Wales Haiku Journal, Presence, Blithe Spirit and the Heron’s Nest, among others. She has contributed to several OMP Anthologies and is a member of the Haiku Society of America, the British Haiku Society and the United Haiku and Tanka Society.


Rebekah Timms resides in Greenwood, SC with her cat KittySweet, who was the inspiration for some of the poems in her recently published book of poems, entitled My Daily Walk, Finding My Place in the Soul of the Universe. She has contributed to several OMP anthologies and published a memoir Effie, Her Life, Her Love, Her Legacy, which deals with life in a small southern textile village in the mid 1900's, available on Kindle.


Gwen Veazey is a North Carolina native and columnist for the Morganton News Herald. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing, Charlotte Viewpoint, Hickory magazine, and other publications. Her fiction has appeared in several science fiction anthologies and magazines. She lives in Morganton, NC, with her husband, Doug Veazey.


Elizabeth B. Watson, a native of MA, settled in Greenville, SC in 2012 and just keeps writing. Not a recipient of extraordinary prizes, she’s pleased her stories and poetry appear in Old Mountain Press and other anthologies. An enlightening purchase she recommends, Pushcart Prize XLI - Best of the Small Presses, introduces the reader to creative current writers. The Watsons have four daughters, sons-in-law and six grandkids they boast about without shame.


Stella Ward Whitlock is currently enjoying the memories of childhood, young adulthood, family life, minister's wife, motherhood, grandmotherhood, the great times and the not-so-great ones, as she writes her memoirs in a combination of poetry and prose. After growing up in Florida and spending her adult life in NC, she now lives in the Glenaire Retirement Community in Caary, NC, where she continues to enjoy life, forming more wonderful memories with her four children, seven grandchilden, sister, and friends.


Glenda S. Wilkins grew up on a North Carolina tobacco farm, and believed she’d never live beyond the county line. Decades later, she moved with her husband to Europe for a dozen years. Her poems have been published in Europe, Great Britain, & North America. Thus far, she appreciates several poetry awards. She lives on an air strip, Winterville, NC.


Barbara Ledford Wright’s work appears in several Old Mountain Press anthologies (two Pushcart Prize nominations: Looking for Santa and Holiday Celebrations.) Her work is in several anthologies and journals, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Express Yourself 101 Vol 2 For Your Eyes Only, Kaleidoscope, Fireflies and June Bugs, Yesterdays Magazette, Carolina Country, Field Mules and Buttermilk Cornbread ,Five Brothers in the Civil War, and Clay Co. Heritage Book I and II. Barbara presently resides in Shelby, NC.


C. Pleasants York, on a trip to Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands for 12 days in June of 2018, made the acquaintance of animals such as Galapagos tortoises, Darwin finches, dolphins, marine iguanas, frigate birds, lava lizards, green sea turtles, and both blue-footed and red-footed boobies. She both admired and was frustrated by the clown-like sea lions of San Cristobal Island.  The Galapagos trip was an ecotour to study the way of life Ecuador.


Joseph Youngblood lives in Fayetteville, NC, and has contributed to several previous anthologies. Joe writes for pleasure and about things he feels strongly about.

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