Home for the Holidays: A Poetry & Prose Anthology
ISBN: 1-884778-45-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-884778-45-2
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Old Mountain Press has published a collection of poetry and prose (short shorts) by a 68 poets.  The theme of this anthology is  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and/or the Winter season. 

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About the book
About the authors

Publication is dependent on receiving sufficient quality poems for inclusion in the anthology.

This work will be dedicated to all the men and women who are serving this great country in our armed forces and who can not be Home for the Holidays.

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About the book

This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country, expressing their thoughts through their work for the Christmas or Hanukkah holiday season. This work is dedicated to all the men and women who are serving this great country in our armed forces and who can not be Home for the Holidays.

About the Authors

Kathy Ackerman is the author of three chapbooks of poetry and a critical biography of proletarian novelist Olive Dargan (a.k.a. Fielding Burke) titled The Heart of Revolution, University of Tennessee Press, 2004. She is a Writer-in-Residence at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC.
Sandra Ervin Adams’ poetry has appeared in The Magpie’s Nest, The Lyricist, ByLine, Shemom, Tale Spinners, Write On!!, In the Yard, and Mountain Time. She won First Place in the Silver Arts – Literary Arts Program, Onslow Senior Games, Jacksonville, NC, 2006.
Matthew G. Adams won Third Place in the West Virginia Poetry Society Contest, 1992, Second Place in the Youngsters of Unity Contest, 1994, Jacksonville, NC, Honorable Mention in the West Virginia Poetry Society Contest, 1995. His poetry has appeared in Coastal Plains Poetry, Vol III, Fall 1994, and Mountain Time, 2006
Beebe Barksdale-Bruner has an MFA in poetry from Queens University and a forth-coming book of poetry from Press 53 in 2007. She has a background in fine arts, a BFA in painting from UNC-Greensboro and work and awards in ceramics. She lives with husband and four irresponsible cats.
Katherine Russell Barnes lives in Wilson, NC. She has had many poems published in literary journals and anthologies including Crucible,Pembroke Magazine, Wellspring, Here’s to the Land, Earth and Soul, Poets for Peace, Mountain Time, and others. She has served on the boards of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the Poetry Council of North Carolina.

Frederick W. Bassett’s poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Apostrophe, Cairn, Passager, Pembroke Mag­azine, Plainsongs, Pudding Magazine, The Cape Rock, and Zone 3. They were also anthologized in A Millenial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry (2005), In the Yard (2006) and Mountain Time. He has two books of “found” poetry both published by Paraclete Press, Love: The Song of Songs (2002) and Awake My Heart (1998). A native of Alabama, he lives at Hilton Head with his wife, Peg.

Joann Bishop started writing again after her Grandma passed away in 2000. She has two children and one granddaughter. She writes about a variety of things such as family, pets, animals, gardening and places she has been. She loves to travel and takes a variety of pictures that she uses for her writing. She has an Associates Degree in Art from CCCC and is enrolled in an Aspiring Leadership Graduate Program. She is a member of the NC Poetry Society and Friends of Onslow County Library.

Ervene Boyd’s work has appeared in previous publications of Old Mountain Press. She’s also published poems in publications such as Windover and Lightworks in Raleigh, NC, Choices Unlimited in Virginia Beach, VA and Peninsula Pacemaker in Dover, Delaware. She is a healing minister, artist and native of Raleigh, NC.

Rachel Bronnum’s poetry has appeared in the anthologies In the Yard and Mountain Time. A former teacher and a Georgia native, she pursues her interests in the history, literature, and music of the South through writing, reading, and playing the piano and mountain dulcimer. 

Sally Buckner has published a poetry collection, Strawberry Harvest, and edited two anthologies of North Carolina literature, Our Words, Our Ways, and Word and Witness: 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry. A former journalist now retired from a thirty-year teaching career, she now lives and writes in Cary, NC.

Stuart Burroughs has been involved since childhood in visual art, poetry, and music. She has taught English and art. Her art hangs in many homes. Her collection of poems, Beyond the Hills can be ordered from Chapel Hill Press (919-942-8389). She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she writes poems, paints, and plays piano for others.

Ann Campanella, formerly a magazine and newspaper editor, turned to creative writing to nourish her soul. Her poetry collection, What Flies Away, was published by Main Street Rag in 2006. She lives on a small farm in Huntersville, NC, with her husband, daughter, and animals.

Frank Craddock is a retired English teacher and antiques deal­er living in Lynchburg, Virginia. In December he published a book of poems which is a recollection of his childhood living in Roanoke, Virginia, DAY AVENUE. He is the Vice President of The Poetry Society of Virginia for the Western Region.

Joan D. Crawford is a wife, mother, grandmother, office manager and church circle leader among other things. She loves photography and owned a studio for ten years in her hometown of Kings Mountain, NC. She and her husband enjoy drag racing as a hobby and spending time with their granddaughter.

Ed Cockrell, a North Carolina native, has lived in Chapel Hill since 1970. He is a 1973 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he works as a research administrator for a major university in Durham, NC. He also serves as President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and volunteers as newsletter editor for the North Carolina Poetry Society. Several of his poems have appeared in Pinesong, and he also has a poem in Earth and Soul, an Anthology of North Carolina Poetry

Leej Copperfield lives in Raleigh ,North Carolina with her husband and son. She is a faculty member at Louisburg College. Currently, she is finishing a novel about Alzheimer’s Disease entitled One Last Thought

Phebe Davidson is the author of several collections of poems, most recently Twelve Leagues In and Song Dog. Recently retired from academic life, she lives in Westminster, SC with her husband Steve and their cat Fripp. She is a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review.

Tom Davis’ writings have been published in Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observer’s Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, and Special Warfare. 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, and an action adventure novel, The R-complex.

Clarence Eden was born in Gastonia, N.C. He graduated from Wake Forest College (now University), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He received CLU and ChFC degrees from The America College, Bryn Mawr, Pa. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. He has published prose in several venues and his poetry has appeared in a number of journals, including Pinesong, Kakalak, Iodine, Beginnings, Apostrophe, Thrift, In The Yard, Mountain Time, and Spinning Words Into Gold (by Maureen Ryan Griffin, Main Street Rag Publishing Co). His collection, Seasonings, was released in early September by Main Street Rag Publishing Co.

Terri Kirby Erickson is a faculty member of the Courses for Community Department at Salem College. Her book of poetry, Thread Count, was released in January, 2006. Her work has been published or accepted by a variety of publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, Old Mountain Press, Paris Voice, Forsyth Woman, the NC Arts Council, El Paso, Inc., Wild Birds Unlimited, and Natural Triad. One of her new poems, “My Father,” was accepted into the Northwest Cultural Council's 2006 International Juried Visual Art and Poetry exhibition. For more information about her work, please see her web site at: www.geocities.com/thread_count

Janice Moore Fuller, Catawba College’s Writer-in-Resi­dence, has published two poetry books: Archeology Is a Destructive Science (Scots Plaid) and Sex Education (Iris Press). Her plays and libretti have been produced at Hedrick Theatre, Florence Busby Corriher Theatre, BareBones Theater, Minneapolis Fringe Festival, France’s Rendez-Vous Musique Nouvelle, and Estonia’s Polli Talu. 

ANN GERIKE moved to Whidbey Island six years ago from the Midwest. Her poetry has been published in Raven Chronicles, Sea of  Voices, Isle of Story, and Sqajet, and has won prizes in contests sponsored by the Washington Poets Association, the Olympia Poetry Society, the Whidbey Island Writers Conference, and the Whidbey Island Writers Association. A retired psychologist, she is the author of Old Is Not a Four-Letter Word: A Midlife Guide (Papier-Mache Press, 1997). 

Linda Goldston attended Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. before receiving her BA degree at East Carolina University and Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. She is a member of the Brush and Palette Club of Sanford and is Vice-president of the Lee County Arts Council. 

Brenda Graham lives in Denver, NC. Her poems have been published in journals such as SouthernPoetry Review, Well­spring and Main Street Rag. She is currently working an inside job.

Darcy Jo Hall grew up on a cattle ranch in western Colorado, a setting commonly found in her poetry. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and currently teaches journalism and writing classes in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Catherine Ann Haymore, attended Ohio State University after high school but is largely a self-educated poet. Her preferred poetic form is the sonnet and her sonnets have been published in a variety of periodicals. She can be read in Charles Weyant’s chapbook, An Odessy in Broken Rhythms and Ragged Lines.

Joseph Haymore didn’t write poetry until he was more than sixty years old. His first poem was a bit of verse to his wife and mentor, Cathy. He has published a chapbook, Of Love and War and has a poem cast in bronze on Jim Galucci’s monument, Gates of Sorrow.

Van Kea Henderson lives in Macon, GA. with her husband and two children. She is the winner of the Eugene Walter Writers Festival Vivian Smallwood Poetry competition. Her work has been published in Crossroads, Muscadine Lines, The Dulcimer, In The Yard and Mountain Time.

Vertha Higdon-Odeh, Suma Cum Laude graduate of Rutledge Business College is a Mary Kay Cosmetics Sales director with two children of her own (Sam and Nikki) and two children (Marquell and Audrina) of her late sister, Mary Eaton. She is married (Jamal) and has an Associates Degree in Merchandising.

James Region Jarrett: Soldier, horseman, teacher, spy.

Jerry Judge is a social worker by profession and lives in Cincinnati with his gorgeous wife, strong son, three active cats and a dog who walks him regularly. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks and has published poetry in over forty journals. His main loves are family, animal companions, James Wright poetry, blues, Blue Ridge Mountains, and good beer.

K. D. Kennedy, Jr. has published two books of poetry, Our Place In Time (2002) and Waiting Out In The Yard (2006). He has been published in the Barton College Crucible, In the Yard, a poetry anthology, and several other anthologies. He is presently writing short stories along with poetry, and is researching a novel when not gainfully employed or producing theater (Hot Summer Nights At The Kennedy).

Nancy Tripp King has two books of poetry: tobacco blossoms and the pulled-tight twine and Those Days When Love Doesn’t Work, both published by Main Street Rag. She is working on a third collection, the title changing almost daily. Nancy lives in Jacksonville, NC.

Jo Koster teaches English and writing at Winthrop University and says that most of her creative writing takes place in her check­book. Recent poems have appeared in the anthology Mountain Time and the e-zine More Than Words. Her most recent chap­book is No Going Home, published by Devil’s Millhopper Press. She and her cats live in Rock Hill, SC.

Bruce Lader’s full-length collection, Discovering Mortality (March Street Press, 2005), was an honorable mention in the 2006 Brockman-Campbell Competition. A former writer-in-residence at the Wurlitzer Colony, his publications cred­its include Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, New Millennium Writings, Potomac Review, and Mountain Time and other anthologies. 

Blanche L. Ledford’s poetry and prose have appeared in Blue Ridge Guide, Lights in the Mountains, Carolina Country, and other journals. She is an avid reader and member of the Georgia Mountain Writers’ Club.

Brenda Kay Ledford’s poetry and prose have appeared in Pembroke Magazine, Asheville Poetry Review, Our State, and other publications. Her poetry chapbook, Shew Bird Mountain, was published in 2006 by Finishing Line Press. She received the Paul Green Award for her first poetry book, Patchwork Memories.

Suzanne Baldwin Leitner is the author of one chapbook of poetry, String Quilt. Her work has appeared in Main Street Rag, Crucible, Cairn, and elsewhere. She resides in Cornelius, North Carolina with her husband and their daughter.

Betty John Magill’s poems have appeared in the Lyrisist, Crucible, Mountain Time and a small collection of her own, Salt and Solitude.

David T. Manning was winner of the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poet Laureate Award in 1996, 1998 and 2006. A Pushcart nominee, his poems have appeared in many journals and four chapbooks: Negotiating Physics, and Poets Anonymous (Old Mountain Press); Out After Dark (Pudding House) and The Ice-Carver,winner of the 2004 Longleaf Chapbook Competition.

Terry McCoy grew up in the hills of east Tennessee. He earned a MA in English at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee. He moved to Eastern North Carolina in 1989 where he has taught English and math at Pamlico Community College in Grantsboro, NC and now teaches math at New Bern High Scho­ol and Craven Community College.

Halle Meyer lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and three children. She is currently working on three children’s books with timeless messages of life and love entitled The Tree that Knew How To Trust, The Heart That Could Hold No Hate and The Crumpster.

Paul C. Mitchellwas born in Elizabeth City, NC and lives on Lake Hartwell, near Clemson, SC. His poetry has appeared in Crucible, Bay Leaves, Pinesong, In the Yard, and Mountain Time. He has served on the board of The Poetry Council of North Carolina. He’s an artist, a potter, a basketmaker, and a United Methodist minister.

Rebecca J. Mitchell has served on the boards of The Poetry Council of North Carolina and The North Carolina Poetry Society. Her poems have been published in Tar River, Crucible, Kakalak, Pinesong, Line Drives, Weymouth, OMP anthologies, other anthologies and journals. She was born in Wilson, NC and lives near Clemson, SC. 

Kym Gordon Moore authored the eBook, Alphabet Soup: 5 Main Ingredients for Turning Words into a Bowl of Hot Topics! Some of her writing credits include contributions to Poets for Peace: A Collection, The Blind Man's Rainbow, The Union Observer, FaithWriters.com, EzineArticles.com, The Christian Science Monitor and The Dabbling Mum.

Ruth Moose is a member of the Creative Writing Faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has two collections of short stories published by August House: The Wreath Ribbon Quilt, and Dreaming in Color. She has also published four collections of Poetry: To Survive, Finding Things in the Dark, Making the Bed, and Smith Grove. Individual stories and poems have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Redbook, The Nation, Yankee, Southern Poetry Review, and many other places. Moose has been awarded a NC Writers Fellowship, and five PEN Awards. Also, the Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts in North Carolina.

Fran Ostasiewski has a special interest in haiku. His haiku have appeared in Walking the Same Path, Rose Haiku for Flower Lovers and Gardeners, and fish in love. His poetry has also appeared in The Writers’ Group of the Triad’s multi-genre anthology, Wordworks.

Margaret L. Parrish’spoems have appeared in Poets for Peace, Mountain Time, Bay Leaves, The Lyricist, and other publications. She lives and works in Raleigh.

Krassimira Popova is a Bulgarian with degrees from St. Cyril, and Methodius University, Bulgaria, in English Philology and Pacific Western University, Los Angeles, CA, in Business Administration. She is currently working as an English language teacher and interpreter. She is the author of two poetry collections, Sun and Cry and is a Distinguished Member of the International Society of Poets, US. Her work was chosen to be pub­lished in the upcoming compendium of poetry by Noble House publishers, UK in 2006.

Joyce Richardson is the author of one novel, On Sunday Creek. Her poetry chapbook, The Reader will be coming out this fall from Pudding House Publications. She lives and writes in Athens, Ohio. 

Pat Riviere-Seel is President of the NC Poetry Society. Her first collection of poetry, No Turning Back Now, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2004 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She earned an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and currently lives in Asheville, NC. Her poems have appeared in various journals. 

Rev. Dena M. Rock is a Member of the Board of the Writers’ Ink Guild in Fayetteville, NC. Her poetry has appeared in the Phoenix, Fields of Earth and in Charles Weyant’s, An Odyssey in Broken Rhythms and Ragged Lines. Her short stories have been listened to, worldwide, on www.WitchcraftRadio.com. Dena is currently writing fantasy and Pagan tales for magickal children of all ages. 

Louise Rockwell and her husband live in Davidson, North Carolina. Her poem, “Visiting the Gearings in Grouse Glen,” was written about her old neighborhood in the foothills of the Laurel Mountains. The Gearings, dear friends... always remembered with love.

Lynn Veach Sadler, a former college president, has published widely in academics and creative writing. Editor, poet, fiction/ creative nonfiction writer, and playwright, she has a full-length poetry collection forthcoming (RockWay Press). One story appears in Del Sol’s Best of 2004 Butler Prize Anthology; another won the 2006 Abroad Writers Contest/Fellowship. Her short short submission, “Shamus,” is adapted from “The Shamus Maccabeus.” Earth’s Daughters 66. Up and Down. 66 (2004): 6-7. 

Andrea Selch is the author of two collections of poetry: Startling (Turning Point Books, 2004) and Succory (Carolina Wren Press, 2000). Her poems have been published in Prairie Schooner, Asheville Poetry Review, Oyster Boy Review and The MacGuffin, among others. She joined the board of Carolina Wren Press in 2002 and is now its President. 

Kimberly Jane Simms is the director of Wits End Poetry, a non-profit poetry organization in Greenville, SC. She is a first generation American who grew up in Greenville, SC and holds a Master of Arts in English. Her newest collection is entitled Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill.

Barbara M. Simon’s work has been appearing in magazines and anthologies for the past 20 years. Most recently, she has been published in OCTOPUS DREAMS, a collection of poetry by Baltimore poets about Baltimore. She is president of Maryland State Poetry & Literary Society.

Dorothea Spiegel is a member of Georgia Mountain Writers’ Club. She has edited newsletters and had articles published in newspapers in NY, FL, GA and NC. Her poetry appears in Atahita Journal, Freeing Jonah II, III and IV, Lights in the Moun­tains, The Spirit of Christmas, and Mountain Time

Dorothy Anne Spruzen is a candidate for an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She has also studied with Abigail De Witt (Lily) and in another life was Manager of Publications at Grumman Data Services in Northern Virginia. She recently won the grand prize in a character description contest run by Writing for Money. Her short story, The Shoe, was published in Duke University’s Bishop’s House Review, and another, Crescendo, in Mosaic; Tender Loving Care was a finalist in a Glimmer Train short story contest. She is a member of the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

Dennis Ward Stiles grew up on a dairy farm in northern Illinois. He graduated from the USAF Academy in 1964 and spent thirty years in service as a pilot and military diplomat. His poetry has appeared in many distinguished journals. Pudding House Publications issued his latest chapbook, A Strange Wind Rises, in 2006. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is co-own­er of America by Foot, Inc., a large walking-tour company.

Laura Licata Sullivanis the author of two books of poetry, both published by Old Mountain Press. She and her family live in Orange County, New York.

Gilda Morina Syverson is the author of the chapbook In This Dream Everything Remains Inside, published in 2004 by Main Street Rag. She is the 2006 First Place recipient of the Deane Ritch Lomax Poetry Award, presented by the Charlotte Writers’ Club. She lives with her husband in Cornelius, NC. 

Christopher R. Vierckis a poet who writes at a fevered pace. He has been known to write two, three, or four poems a day when the heat strikes. His first published poem appeared courtesy of Old Mountain Press and his second is set to appear in Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy. He holds a B.A. in English Literature at Pitzer College and has studied with numerous poets for the last twenty years. He currently resides in Lenoir, NC.

Glenda S. Wilkins’, work has been published in both the USA, and Europe. More recently, her work appears in The Village Ram­bler Magazine – Nov/Dec 2006, and Mountain Time, A Poetry Anthology. She and her husband live in Grifton, NC, along with Bustopher, the cat about town.

M. Quickmon Willis currently resides in coastal N.C. where, as a descendent of shore whalers and Lumbee Indian farmers, he was raised before a 17-year hiatus abroad where this poem found its genesis. His poems have appeared in Europe (Paris Atlantic, Quantum Leap, and Orbis) and most recently in, Rattle, Southern Arts Journal, Small Spiral Notebook, In the Yard and Washington Square in the US. 

Nancy H. Womack’s poems have appeared in The Mentor, Teaching English in the Two Year College, and The Thomas Wolfe Review. She holds a Ph. D. in British literature from the University of South Carolina and is dean of Arts and Sciences at Isothermal Community College in Spindale NC.

Barbara Ledford Wright’s writing has appeared in Moonshine and Blind Mules, and was Associate Editor of the anthology. She is a member of Cleveland County Historical Society and has done extensive genealogical research. She is past regent of the Benjamin Cleveland Chapter DAR.

C. Pleasants York has published two books of poetry, Pleasantries and Weaver of Destiny. She and her husband, Guy, serve as Second Vice President of the North Carolina Poetry Society, and she is President of the Lee County Arts Council. She collects antique, Valentines, and purple cows.



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