The Hills are Alive: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Old Mountain Press Announcing publication of The Hills Are Alive A Poetry and Prose Anthology. The theme: Anything relating to the mountains, the people, music, food, activities, etc or spring time in general The works of 46 writers from across the country are found in this 62 page book

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About the book

This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country, with a mountain theme.

Samples of included works:

Warmer Places
     Tom Davis

Burning kindling spice the air
as a V of geese honk
beneath a gun-metal-gray sky
hanging heavy over the Smokies.
They cross the Tuckasegee
pocked with chunks of ice
in search

of warmer places.



TOM DAVIS’ publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observers Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, and Special Warfare a professional journal published by the US Army Special Forces School. He’s authored a collection of short stories, The Life and Times of Rip Jackson; a children’s coloring book, Pickaberry Pig; a how to book on writing a ranger patrol order, The Patrol Order; an action adventure novel, The R-complex, and his memoir The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On: A March from Private to Colonel. See eBooks by Tom at the OMP eBook Site. Tom lives in Webster, NC.


Home Remedies

Brenda Kay Ledford


THE WIND WHISTLED through the Matheson Cove the winter of 1930 and snow never melted until spring. Folks huddled around their fireplaces and stayed indoors trying to avoid the flu epidemic. Each day more people fell ill. 

     "My ears hurt," cried Rena and crawled into Ma Minnie Ledford’s lap. She rocked her baby Rena bawled louder.

     Ma told Ralph to get sewing machine oil. She put some drops into Rena’s ears and she fell asleep. Ma put her to bed.

     Rebuen raced through the living room and coughed in Reba’s face. "Ma, Reuben has no manners!"

     "He didn’t mean to do that," said Ma. She hugged Reuben and put lard and turpentine on his chest. For extra protection, she tied a dirty black sock around his neck with the heel over the Adam’s apple.

     Ma dragged to the kitchen to fix supper. Robert pulled her apron strings. "My head hurts," he cried.

     She felt his forehead and it was scorching hot. Ma got a flour sack and tied it around his head. "That will cure your headache," she said and sent him to bed.

     Robenia whizzed into the kitchen to see if supper was ready. "I hate my freckles. I look like a beagle pup."

     Ma caressed her redheaded girl’s face and told her she was beautiful. But Robenia wouldn’t accept that.

     Reba told her to put stump water on her face and that would erase all the freckles. Robenia grabbed the bucket and headed to the spring to get drinking water. She came to a stump and splashed rainwater on her face.

     Home remedies were about all the mountain folks had in the early 20th century to cure diseases because there were few medical doctors back in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some of the remedies must have worked because I’m here today to tell the story of my ancestors and mountain medicine.

BRENDA KAY LEDFORD is a seventh generation native of Clay County, NC. She grew up hearing stories about the mountains from her grandparents. Brenda’s writing reflects her southern Appalachian heritage. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies. Brenda blogs at:



About the Authors


Sam Barbee’s poems have appeared in Poetry South, Crucible, Asheville Poetry Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina, Georgia Journal, Main Street Rag, Iodine, and Pembroke Magazine, among others; plus on-line journals Vox Poetica, Pyrokinection, and The Blue Hour.  His Second poetry collection, That Rain We Needed (Press 53), was published in April 2016, and nominated for the Roanoke-Chowan Award as one of North Carolina’s best poetry collections of 2016; and is a Pushcart nominee.


Frederick W. Bassett is a retired academic who lives near his grandchildren in Greenwood SC. His poems have appeared widely in anthologies and journals, including Negative Capability, Zone 3,

Mudfish, Slant, Yemassee, Illuminations, Poem, Pembroke Magazine, Passager, The Cape Rock, and Timberline Review. His latest book of poetry is The Old Stoic Faces the Mirror. He also has two novels, South Wind Rising and Honey from a Lion.


Glenda Council Beall’s publishing credits include Main Street Rag, Vox Poetica, Appalachian Heritage, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Kakalak 2009 Journal of Carolina Writers and Poets, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature and several Old Mountain Press anthologies. She is author of Now Might as Well be Then and Profiles and Pedigrees, Tom C. Council and His Descendants. She is Program Coordinator for the NC WRITERS NETWORK WEST and teaches writing at Tri-County Community College.


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 scientific journals along with the anthologies of Old Mountain Press. She lives near the bomb plant in South Carolina.


Joann Bishop, as a writer, put a book together on historical places for an aunt with pictures.  She hopes to put together her own books and just give them to close friends and family members since it is hard to get anything publish these days with the competition like it is.


Stuart Burroughs is an artist and a poet whose art hangs in many homes. Her poems appear in several publications, and her poetry book Beyond the Hills  is listed on She regularly plays piano for others with her Music to Remember program. Stuart now lives in Raleigh, NC, but always feels connected to Chapel Hill. 


Nancy H. Cody has had her poetry published in seven other OMP anthologies.  She has written a story that was published in the book: Field Mules and Buttermilk Cornbread. Nancy also has a passion for genealogy.  She has two children, four grandchildren and another one on the way.  She lives with her husband, Bill, in Hayesville, NC.


Vicki Collins, who lives in Graniteville, SC, teaches English at USC Aiken where she is the Director of the Writing Center. Her book The Silent Appalachian: Wordless Mountaineers in Fiction, Film, and Television was recently released by McFarland Publishing. Her work has appeared in The Southern Poetry Anthology: North Carolina, Kakalak, MoonShine Review, Windhover, and several Old Mountain Press anthologies.


Thomas Rain Crowe is an internationally-published and recognized author and translator of more than thirty books, including the multi-award winning nonfiction nature memoir Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods (2005); a collection of place-based essays titled The End of Eden: Writings of an Environmental Activist; and a recent collection of poetry Crack Light. He has been an editor of major literary and cultural journals and anthologies and is founder and publisher of New Native Press . He is a longtime resident of the Southern Appalachians and lives in the Tuckasegee watershed and the “Little Canada” community of Jackson County in western North Carolina. 


Phebe Davidson is the author of twenty-some published collections of poems. What Holds Him to this World (96 Press, 2013) is the winner of that year’s South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize. She is a contributing editor at Tar River Poetry and a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review.  She has been nominated six times for a Push Cart Prize and holds a number of national poetry awards, among them the Kinloch Rivers, Amelia, Soundpost Press and Ledge Press manuscript prizes. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.


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 is a sixth-generation Dillingham from WNC.  She is the author of eleven books of short fiction and poetry and the co-editor, with Celia Miles, of four anthologies of WNC women writers.  She lives in Asheville, NC.


Peter Dome is an avid writer and poet living in Sheffild / Nottinghamshire in the U.K. He has five books published at the moment, and more soon to come. He hopes you will enjoy his work. All the best.


Dena M. Ferrari is a regular contributor to OMP. Dena’s poetry was featured in Westchester Community College of NY’s Phoenix (1975). Writers Alliance Poets World-Wide  anthologies has dozens of her published works. Denas own books, Poems From the Hearth (2010), Come Closer My Dearies (2013) and her newest book Charmed Times Three (2015), shows diversified writing styles, leaving a Living Legacy for her grandchildren. She and her husband, Peter live in Vass, NC.


Ann Fogelman, a writer of memories in prose and poetry was born in Reading, Pa.  Her work has appeared in The Noble Generation, That Thing You Do, Pets Across America, Texas Poetry Calendar, Boundless and OMP Anthologies.  Ann is a member of Bay Area Writers League, Gulf Coast Poets, Poetry Society of Texas and Osher Lifetime Learning Institute at UTMB, Galveston,.  Ann lives in Friendswood, TX.



James Gibson, Northville, Michigan, featured Native American culture in the five novels in his “Anasazi Quest” series. His new novel, Searching with Pei for the Meaning of Life was published in August, 2016. Review all his books at . Two of his “Anasazi Quest” novels, Anasazi Princess and Anasazi Journey are now available in Kindle format on


Marian Gowan is author of Notes from the Trunk, published by Old Mountain Press. Her work has appeared in several Old Mountain Press anthologies and southern regional publications.   Most recently, she contributed to It’s All Relative: Tales from the Tree, edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham.  She retired to the NC mountains from western NY in 2001, but recently returned to NY to be near family.  (


Robin Greene is a professor of English and Writing, and serves as the director of the Writing Center at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She's published over 90 poems and short prose pieces and four books. Recently, Greene has finished (and is actively seeking a publisher for) a new novel, The Shelf Life of Fire.


Kerri Mai Habben lives in Raleigh, NC. A graduate of Peace College and North Carolina State University, her work has appeared in literary journals, The News and Observer, and is regularly included in publications throughout the United States and Canada. Kerri has a manuscript of essays she is working to publish.


MaXine Carey Harker and husband Berkley, have lived 60+ years in the little one-stop-light town of Grifton, NC, reared 5 children who have produced grandchildren and great grandchildren in far-flung places. Published in national, state, and local publications, she prefers non-fiction, sonnets, and haiku. She’s taught Writing for Publication for 35+ years at 2 Community Colleges, now Rec Center in New Bern. MaXine is 88.


Bob Hewett is 83 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. You can read some of Hewett’s writings on his hubpage: (No www or http)


David Jones is a self-published author, including Buzz, I Thought, and others found on his free website,   David enjoys writing poems, and editorials for newspapers. David makes his home in Ellenboro, NC.


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 cats Max and Neville live in Rock Hill, SC, where she teaches at Winthrop University and swears at various pieces of yard equipment. Her work has recently appeared in a variety of OMP anthologies and a chapbook is forthcoming.


Patsy Kennedy Lain still rambles North Carolina roads, traveling through Onslow, Carteret, Craven and Duplin counties with writing and painting paraphernalia as well as a camera by her side.  She continues to capture life and gain inspiration through her day trips.  Patsy has published works in  magazines, anthologies and a local paper.


Blanche L. Ledford resides in Hayesville, NC.  Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies.  She won first place in the Cherokee County Silver Arts contest.  Her book, Planting by the Signs, received the Paul Green Multimedia Award from NC Society of historians.  Like Granny Moses, Blanche began writing in her 80’s.


Brenda Kay Ledford is a seventh generation native of Clay County, NC. She grew up hearing stories about the mountains from her grandparents. Brenda’s writing reflects her southern Appalachian heritage. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies. Brenda blogs at:

Sunny Lockwood is a retired newspaper reporter and feature writer. In 2015,she and her husband traded Northern California for Hendersonville, NC. They write lively memoirs about their traveling adventures. Three of their books have been named Amazon #1 best sellers in the senior travel category. Visit her Amazon author’s page:


Celia Miles, a Jackson County native, taught at Brevard College and retired from AB Tech; she lives, edits, and writes from Asheville, NC. She has published eight novels, two short story collections, and four co-edited anthologies of WNC women writers. Her interests are traveling, photography, grist mills and neolithic sites. Her latest novel (fall, 2016) is The Body at StarShine Mill: A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery. 


Beverly Ohler’s life has been focused on the theater, teaching, designing, producing festivals, creating art in one form or another. Growing up in the Northeast, her adult life has primarily been spent on the campus of Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC, where she is a member of the Theater Department. She has written four books, edited others, and her work appears in many anthologies and magazines including this one..  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, Haiku Pix, bear creek haiku, Now This: Contemporary Poems of Beginnings, Renewals and Firsts, Creative Inspirations, and cattails.  She currently edits an online poetry journal called Whispers,


Martha O’Quinn is a regular contributor to OMP anthologies as well as other local, regional and national anthologies.  She is a NC native but during her adult life has lived in GA, AL, MS & TN.  Her non-fiction prose and poetry reflect a southern heritage.  Mother of two, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of two, Martha and her husband have lived in Hendersonville NC for twenty years.


Michael Potts is Professor of Philosophy, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. His latest book is the horror novel, Obedience, and he has published three novels and two poetry anthologies. He lives with his wife, Karen, and their four cats in Coats, NC.



Mary Ricketson, inspired by nature, 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, and Hanging Dog Creek, 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 two books of poetry and three children’s books. He has nine books or booklets on Amazon Kindle. He and his wife Ruth live near Monroe, NC. He writes daily on             S

Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler lives in Burlington, NC. A former college president, she has published 5+ 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 4 full-length collections, 125+ short stories, 4 novels, a novella, 3 fiction collections, and a nonfiction collection (forthcoming); she has written 41 plays. She was a Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet 2013-2015.


Holly Simms is an award-winning author and poet, seasoned performer, artist, singer, and avid traveler. Several anthologies and magazines have published Holly’s poems, short stories, and essays. She is a Lost State Writers Conference scholarship winner and happily lives in Asheville, NC.


Sybil Austin Skakle’s credits include one book of poetry Searching-Rocks, Revelations Rainbows; three memoirs Confessions of an Outer Banks Filly, Valley of the Shadow, What Came Next. Most recent is the release of a history of her church home, The Story of Amity United Methodist Church, told by God’s own at Amity, which she compiled, edited, and made a contribution.


Tonya Staufer found her way back to writing a few years ago. She is a real estate investment broker by day and a writer by night. She and her husband call Saluda, NC home. Her stories have appeared in Spirit of the Smokies, A Long Story Short, Western NC Woman, Moonshine Review, and numerous anthologies.


Shelby Stephenson is Poet Laureate of North Carolina. His recent book is Elegies for Small Game. He lives ten miles north of Benson, NC, near McGee’s Crossroads, where he was born.


Barbara Tate is an award winning artist and writer.  A member of the Haiku Society of America and Gulf Coast Writers Assoc., her work has been published in Storyteller Magazine, Santa Fe Literary Review, the Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, Bear Creek Haiku, Whispers and Contemporary Haibun Online, among others.  She currently resides in Winchester, TN.


Rebekah Timms resides in Greenwood, SC about fifteen miles from where she was born. She writes poetry for her own enjoyment and to share with her friends and family. One of her poems appeared in OMP’s anthology What Bugs Me!. She has self-published a memoir entitled Effie, Her Life, Her Love, Her Legacy.


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 has appeared in 26 Old Mountain Press anthologies and many others. Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Express Yourself 101 Vol 2 For Your Eyes Only, Kaleidoscope, Fireflies and June Bugs, Yesterdays Magzette. Co-authored, Five Brothers in the Civil War, with Brenda Kay Ledford ,NC Civil War Museum, Pub., Fayetteville, NC.  Barbara lives in Shelby, NC.


C. Pleasants York is a Sanford native. Her grandmother, Dora Mae Key Pleasants, grew up with her brothers, Edward and Wintfred, in the Brushy Mountains of North Carolina near North Wilkesboro.  Their mother, Mary Elizabeth Wyatt, married George Key at the age of 14.  A family story tells that when Dora was a baby, she rolled down Grandmother Mountain, and was only saved when the buttons on her dress caught on the branches of a bush.


Joseph Youngblood lives in Fayetteville, NC, with his family. He has contributed to several previous anthologies.

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