Looking Back: A Poetry & Prose Anthology
ISBN 10: 1-884778-39-9 
ISBN 13:  978-1-884778-39-1 
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Old Mountain Press  announces the publication of its latest anthology, Looking Back. This anthology relates to the past memories of times, places, or people--40's, 50s, 60s the collected works of 70 poets and writers are preseinted in this 93 page perfect bound anthology.



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About the book

This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country, remembering people, places, events, things, and times gone by. 

About the Authors 

Matthew G. Adams’ poetry has appeared in Mountain Time and Home for the Holidays. His book and film reviews have appeared online.

Sandra Ervin Adams’ poetry has appeared in In the Yard, Mountain Time, and Home for the Holidays; Poetic Hours (England), Cairn 41 – The St. Andrews Review, and her first mini-chapbook, Union Point Park Poems. She won First Place in the Silver Arts – Literary Arts Program, Poetry Category, Onslow Senior Games, Jacksonville, NC, 2007.

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 paintingfrom UNC-Greensboro and work and awards in ceramics.She lives in Charlotte, NC with husband and 4 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 is the author of two collections of “found” poems both published by Paraclete Press, Love: the Song of Songs and Awake My Heart. His poems have been published in six anthologies and various journals, including Apostrophe, Cairn, Passager, Pembroke Magazine, Pudding Magazine, The Cape Rock, Zone 3. A native of Alabama, he lives at Hilton Head with his wife Peg.

Joann Bishop wrote the included poem about her grandparents and their life as it was during the 40s, 50s, and 60s. They were very close to Joann and they were a very loving couple. Presently she has several poems written on nature, family, and scenery on pictures she has taken in North Carolina and South Carolina, Virginia, California, New York, and Texas. Some of these poems were written on her observations and some were written from memories growing up. 

Charles Blackburn, Jr. grew up in Henderson, NC, and lives in Raleigh with his wife and daughter. He is communications manager for a scientific research society in Research Triangle Park. A frequent contributor to Our State magazine, he has published widely and won a number of awards for fiction and poetry, including a Literary Fellowship from the NC Arts Council. 

Thomasa Bonner is a retired civil servant pursuing a Writing degree at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.

Ervene Boyd lives in her native town of Raleigh, NC. She devotes most of her time and talents to supporting her own healing ministry and wedding ministry. As a creative, she writes, paints, decorates and is dedicated to fun with her grown children and friends. She has published poems, performed poetry and is currently working on her second poetry book. 

Bridget Braddom is  a  6th, 7th, and  8th  grade  teacher. She has  always  had  a  great  fear  of  writing  until she attended  a  writing  workshop  on  Ocracoke  Island,  NC. Poetry  became  an  outlet  for her to express  what she felt,  thoughts she couldn’t  express,  and  feelings she  wanted  to  remember. She  thanks her  family and her  friends  new  and  old. 

Rachel Bronnum’s work has appeared in the poetry anthologies In the Yard, Mountain Time, and Home for the Holidays. She lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia. 

Sally Buckner lives in Cary, NC after a long career mixing teaching (kindergarten through graduate school) and writing. Much of her poetry and fiction is rooted in her growing-up years in a small North Carolina town. Currently she is completing a novel based on those crucial years, that significant place.

Ed Cockrell is a published poet residing in Chapel Hill where he attends Friday Noon Poets as often as possible. He has served as the corresponding secretary for the North Carolina Poetry Society for many years, and was recently elected President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, Inc.

Howard Cohen has authored one book of poetry entitled No Slack Authorized. This volume contains poem about the Vietnam war experience.

Frank Craddock is a retired teacher and antiques dealer who lives in Lynchburg, VA. In July he was elected Vice President of The Poetry Society of Virginia for the Western District. In December he published a collection of poems, DAY AVENUE. He is a graduate of The University of Virginia.

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. Her most recent short story appeared in Home for the Holidays.

Phebe Davidson is the author of sixteen published collections of poems, most recently Twelve Leagues In (Spire Press) and The Drowned Man (Finishing Line Press). She is the founding editor of Palanquin Press and a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review. Her work has appeared in journals including The Kenyon Review, Tar River Poetry, The Literary Review, Bayou, and Main Street Rag. A Distinguished Professor Emerita of the University of South Carolina Aiken, she lives in Westminster, SC with her husband Steve and their cat Fripp.

Polly Davis grew up in Macon, Georgia, where her roots are still strong. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Georgia and her doctorate from North Carolina State University. She is the former chair of the English department at Fayetteville Technical Community College and is currently the director of Research and Planning there. She has traveled widely with her military husband, reared a son anddaugh­ter, both married, and spent her life loving and tending to animals, which, she says, she cannot live without.

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 A. Eden, Jr., of Charlotte, NC, retired. He has been published in Novello Festival Press’s anthology, ‘TIS THE SEASON, SPINNING WORDS INTO GOLD by Maurine Ryan Griffin, third place winner in Beginnings, Thrift, Pinesong, Apostrophe, Kakalak and others. His first book, SEASONINGS, was published in 2006 by Main Street Rag Publishing Co.

Lois Parker Edstrom’s poetry has appeared in the Washington Poetry Association’s Anthology, Tattoos on Cedar and Whidbey Island Writer’s Association, In the Spirit of Writing, 2005 and 2006. She has been awarded prizes by Whidbey Island Writer’s Association in poetry, memoir, non-fiction, and children’s literature –First Prize 2005 and Grand Prize 2006. This past year, 2006, she received the Benefactor’s Award at the Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference. She is a retired nurse.

Terri Kirby Erickson, poet and editor, is the author of a book of poetry entitled, Thread Count. She is a member of the Courses for Community Faculty at Salem College in North Carolina, and taught a course in the fall of 2006 entitled, “Poetry as Distilled Experience.” Her work has been published or accepted by Paris Voice, The Christian Science Monitor, the Northwest Cultural Council’s 2006 International Juried Art & Poetry Exhibit, Forsyth Woman Magazine, the N.C. Arts Council, Wild Birds Unlimited, El Paso, Inc., and in three anthologies by Old Mountain Press: In the Yard, Mountain Time and Home for the Holidays. For more information about her work and public appearances, and to hear a recording of her interview for 88.5 WFDD’s “Triad Arts Up Close,” please see her website:

Ann Fogelman, a writer of memoirs in prose and poetry, was born in Reading, Pa. A resident of Friendswood, Tx, she is a member of Bay Area Writers League, The Arts Alliance Center in Clear Lake, and Gulf Coast Poets. Ann reads her work at open mics and shares her work in class, at workshops, seminars, and various writing groups. Her work has been published in several anthologies and various school publications.
Dare Freeman Ford is a freelance writer and poet, with a background in middle grade education. She currently lives with her husband in Hendersonville, NC, and they have two children. Dare has been published in the Southeastern Regional Literary Magazine, in local newspapers, and on the Internet in That’s Baseball.
Marian Gowan, a graduate of Tufts University, discovered personal writing after retiring from her thirty-year career in corporate America. She contributed to The Quilters Circle, to be published by St. Martins Press in April 2007. Her work has also appeared in Independent Weekly, a Raleigh area publication.
Kerri Mai Habben lives in Raleigh, NC.Her essays and poetry have appeared in literary journals and other publications.While finishing her degree at North Carolina State University, Kerri completed a novella.She is currently working on a novel, based on a Great-Uncle’s experience with tuberculosis in the late 1920's 
Kenneth Hada was raised in the rural Ozarks. Going to town once a week was an occasion back then. He is Associate professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. His poetry appears in Oklahoma Today, RE:AL, Crosstimbers, Poesia, Westview, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Red River Review, among others.
Joy Beshears Hagy lives on High Rock Lake in Lexington, NC, with her husband, two dogs, a cat and about 120 ducks. Hagy holds a BA from Salem College, where she is the Director of the Writing Center, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Main Street Rag, Mountain Time, Caesura, Brevity and Surreal South, among others. 

Carol Hamilton lives in Midwest City, OK. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and taught elementary school, at Rose State College and University of Central Oklahoma. She has published eleven books, the most recent VANISHING POINT, an Editor’s Choice book from Main Street Rag Press. 

MaXine Carey Harker taught Writing for Publication for many years at Pitt Community College and Craven Community College and now at the Recreation Center in New Bern, NC. She has been published innational, state, and local newspapers and magazines and in NCPS and Old Mountain anthologies. Her personalwriting preference isnonfiction and poetry. MaXine is a longstanding member of the: NC Poetry Society and NC Writers Network and the NC Haiku Society.

Maria Hartley lives in East Flat Rock, NC, with her family and three cats. A licensed professional counselor, Maria focuses on writing poetry and stories about emotional and spiritual healing. She and her colleague, Sara Deutsch, are completing work on a book of healing art and poetry entitled, Secrets of the Dandelion. Her work has previously been published in Different Kind of Parenting.

Catherine Ann Haymore, a graduate of Whitehall Yearling HS, she matriculated to Ohio State University, where she majored in Library Sciences. She is largely a self-educated poet with a strong proclivity for the formalist styles. Her favored poetic form is the sonnet; her sonnets have been published in a number of periodicals and anthologies. She can currently be read in Charles Weyant’s chapbook, An Odyssey in Broken Rhythms and Ragged Lines.

Joseph Haymore, a native of North Carolina, was raised in Harnett Co. where he graduated from Benhaven High School. He attended Texas Western College, the University of Maryland, Central Carolina Technical Institute, Fayetteville State University and Guilford University. He began writing poetry at the encouragement of his wife and mentor, Catherine Murphy. He has published three chapbooks and can currently be read in the Old Mountain Press anthology, Home for the Holidays.

Lana Hendershott and her husband chose to live in the mountains of Hendersonville, NC after retiring from technical careers. Encouraged by friends and her writing group, she is now writing short stories. In 2007 she resolved to refine her writing skills and submit fiction for publication. She remembers being fascinated by the doctor’s office of her childhood and still adores cuckoo clocks.

Jerry Judge is a social worker by profession and lives in Cincinnati with his gorgeous wife, strong teenage son, three contrary cats and a dog who walks him regularly. His oldest son in Dayton, Ohio, is living his childhood dream of being a fireman. Jerry is the author of three poetry chapbooks and has published in numerous journals.

Alice Waugh Kallmerten was born and raised in WV. She graduated from WV University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, health and Biological Science. Her poems have received awards from NC poetry Council, Charlotte, NC Writers Club, Fields of Earth, Anson County Writers Club. Alice began writing at 64 yrs. and has just turned 80. She now lives in the Belknap Mts.in Gilford, NH.

Debra Kaufman is a poet and playwright who lives in Mebane, North Carolina. She is author of two chapbooks, Family of Strangers and Still Life Burning, and the collection A Certain Light. Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines and several anthologies, including Word and Witness and The Art and Craft of Poetry, and her plays have been performed throughout North Carolina and in California.

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).

Michael Kennedy lives in Raleigh, NC, and is the producer of Hot Summer Nights At The Kennedy, a sixty night, six show professional theatrical series during the summer at The Progress Energy Center For The Performing Arts. He is a graduate of NC State University and has been interested in writing, and performing, music and lyrics for all his life. See web site at:

Robert W. Kimsey is a retired Technical Writer/Illustrator and lives in north Georgia. His chapbook, Paths From the Shawnee Spring, was published in 2005. He is a member of the Kentucky State Poetry Society, North Carolina Writer’s Network West, and is a workshop leader for the Blue Ridge Poets and Writers. His poems have won numerous awards.
Jo Koster teaches medieval literature and writing at Winthrop University. Recent work has appeared in the collections Mountain Time and Home for the Holidays (Old Mountain Press) and in the e-zine More than Words. Her most recent chapbook, No Going Home, was published by Devil’s Millhopper Press. She and her cats live in comfortable chaos and in Rock Hill, SC.
Blanche L. Ledford’s poetry and prose have appeared in Blue Ridge Guide, Lights in the Mountains, Home for the Holidays, and other journals. She’s an avid reader and member of Georgia Mountain Writers’ Club.
Brenda Kay Ledford is a native of Clay County, North Carolina. Her writing has appeared in Pembroke Magazine, Asheville Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, and other journals. She is listed with A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers. Her poetry chapbook,Shew Bird Mountain, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2006.
David T. Manning was winner of the NC 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.
Jerome Norris is a former journalist and lawyer, now retired and devoting much of his free time to writing poetry and short stories. He and his wife of 47 years live by a beautiful pond just outside of New Bern, NC.

Martha O’Quinn is a native of NC. She and her husband retired to Western NC in 1997. She began to write family stories and poetry, both of which reflect her southern heritage. Her non-fiction has been published in The Independent Weekly, a Research Triangle, NC, publication. Martha has two children, four grandchildren, and a cockatiel, Pepper, who often appear as subjects for her work.

Margaret L. Parrish’swork has appeared in Poets for Peace, In the Yard, Bay Leaves, The Lyricist, and AWP. She lives and works in Raleigh.

Howard Perley lives in Flat Rock, NC, with his wife of 51 years. After three years in the U.S. Navy, and thirty-eight years as an industrial migrant, he is now retired and working on his memoirs.

Patricia Podlipec, a native of Kentucky, taught first grade in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin for a total of twenty-seven years. After retiring, she and her husband relocated to Hendersonville, NC, where she has studied creative writing at Blue Ridge Community College. She recently had a poem accepted for publication in the forthcoming Kakalak 2007 Anthology of Carolina Poets.

Michael Potts, a native of Smyrna, TN, is Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. His poetry has been published in Iodine Poetry Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, Pinesong, and Poems & Plays. His poetry chapbook, From Field to Thicket, won the 2006 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. His creative nonfiction essay, “Haunted,” won the 2006 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Award from the Network.

Edwina Rooker grew up in Warrenton, NC, and now lives in Bridgeton,NC, on the Neuse River. She holds degrees from Duke University and The University of NorthCarolina at Chapel Hill. She worked as an English teacher and media specialist in VirginiaBeach, VA, and Warren County, NC, before her 1992 retirement. Her newspaper column,Observations, appears in the weekly Warren Record. She has won prizes for poetry andnonfiction in five states.

Dr. Lynn Veach Sadleris a native North Carolinian and a former college president in Vermont. She has published widely in academics and creative writing. Editor, poet, fiction/creative nonfiction writer, and playwright, she has a full-length poetry collection forthcoming from RockWay Press. One story appears in Del Sol’s Best of 2004 Butler Prize Anthology; another won the 2006 Abroad Writers Contest/Fellowship (France). 

Joanna Catherine Scott is the author of the novels The Road from Chapel Hill; Cassandra, Lost; The Lucky Gourd Shop; and Charlie and the Children; the nonfiction Indochina’s Refugees: Oral Histories from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam; and the poetry collections Birth Mother, Coming Down from Bataan, Breakfast at the Shangri-la, and Fainting at the Uffizi. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Martha J. Sisk is an instructor of English at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC. Her poems, essays and articles have appeared in local publications, and she has won awards for several of her poems . She is a contributing writer for Up & Coming Magazine. She grew up in Concord, NC during the late 40s and50s, and attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Linda M. Smith lives in Hayesville, NC. Her poems have been published in Lights In The Mountains, Mountain Time and Freeing Jonah V. She won first and second prizes in the Clay 

County Arts Council poetry contests. She has studied creative writing through NC Writer’s Network West’s critique groups, classes and conferences. 

Susan Snowden’s stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, online journals, and anthologies. She has won prizes for her work from Writer’s Digest magazine, Appalachian Writers Association, NC Writers’ Network, and others. Susan is a freelance book editor based in Hendersonville, NC. She also coaches writers and teaches creative writing part-time. 

Dorothea Spiegel lives in Hiwassee, GA. She belongs to North Carolina Writers Network West and Georgia Mountain Writers Club. She has had articles published in newspapers in NY, FL, GA and NC. Her poetry appears in Atahita Journal, Lights in the Mountains, Freeing Jonah III, IV and V, The Spirit of Christmas, Mountain Time and Home for the Holidays

Dorothy Anne Spruzen is a student in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Queens University of Charlotte. In another life she was Manager of Publications for a Northern Virginia defense contractor. Her short stories have been published in several magazines, and she is currently working on a novel set in England during World War II.

Tonya Staufer lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Hendersonville, NC. She is an investment real estate broker. Through some very synchronistic events, Tonya has returned to writing after a long hiatus. Her first story submission on intuiting answers was recently published by “Spirit of the Smokies.”

Dennis Ward Stiles grew up on a small farm in northern Illinois. He graduated from the USAF Academy in 1964 and spent 30 years in the Air Force as a pilot and military diplomat, most of that time overseas. He has published widely in journals. Pudding Press will publish his fifth chapbook Humdinger in 2007. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is vice president of America by Foot, Inc., a national walking-tour company.

Laura Licata Sullivanis the author of two books of poetic verse, both published by Old Mountain Press– Verses From My Diary, and Seashores and Seasons. She lives in Orange County, New York, with her husband and two children.

Daniel Swett grew up in the beautiful Monadnock region of Southwestern New Hampshire. His writings reflect upon his experiences, both growing up in rural New England and those gained while traveling throughout much of Europe and the United States. He has previously written a book of poetry entitled, Hypothetical Mishmash.

Christopher R. Vierckis a poet from North Carolina. He work has been published by New News Verse, Mourning Katrina, and The Old Mountain Press. He holds a B.A. in English Literature at Pitzer College and has studied with numerous poets for the last twenty years.

T. D. Webb was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Edmond, OK, where he currently resides. He taught History and Political Sciences at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City and The University of Oklahoma Lab School. His poems have appeared in Crosstimbers and the New Plains Review.

Cecily Wells lives with her husband in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where she writes, hikes, and plays golf. 

Molly Weston is a native of Apex, NC, where she writes a biweekly column, “Looking Back,” for the Apex Herald. She holds a degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she served as editor of All Together Now! at the FPG Child Development Center. Molly writes mystery reviews and lectures on the genre.

Charles F. “Hawk” Weyant’s writings have been published in local newspapers and several anthologies, including Award Winning Poems of 1990 published by the North Carolina Poetry Society. His first book of poetry, An Odyssey in Broken Rythm and Ragged Lines was published in 2006.

Stella Ward Whitlock is a minister’s wife, mother of four, grandmother of seven, writer, teacher, and traveler. She has traveled in all the states and in more than thirty other countries. She currently teaches at Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. Her writing has been published in Kakalak, Pinesong, Learning, Grit, Woman’s World, Crucible, The Lyricist, Today’s Parent, A Cup of Comfort, and numerous other journals, magazines, and anthologies.

Glenda Sumner Wilkinsgrew up on a North Carolina tobacco farm, and daydreamed of faraway places. Decades later, she and her husband lived in Luxembourg, and later, Geneva, Switzerland. Countries where published: USA; Canada; Spain; Luxembourg; Switzerland; Great Britain. She is a long time member of the NCPS, and NCWN, and has won several poetry awards. Today, she resides in Grifton, NC, with her husband, and their cat, Bustopher.

Barbara Ledford Wright’s writing has appeared in Home for the Holidays, Moonshine and Blind Mules, and was Associate Editor of the anthology. She’s a retired teacher. She’s corresponding secretary of the Foothills Quilters Guild. She has done extensive genealogical research, and is past regent of the Benjamin Cleveland Chapter DAR.


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