Mountain Places: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

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About the book 

This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country with a theme relating to the mountains, its  people, places, towns, attitudes, landscapes, outdoor recreation, or winter.

Sample of the work:


Two Homes

     KD Kennedy, Jr.


I took a path amongst the vapors,

a trek on spun cotton.

Smooth, billowy, pristine white,

with occasional fuzzy mountain tops

protruding through puffy tundra.


I heedfully navigated the ridges and gullies,

averting stepping off

into lakes of clear air,

as breaches opened and closed

like a glacier’s wandering crevasse.


Wondrously changing, unspoiled,

sun-brightened, clear regions

existing in this moment only for me.

Nearby people were numbly unaware

of the magical peace of my private continent.


Momentarily, losing my compass fix,

breaking through the bottoming mist,

through the valleys of plains and drifts

of my non-judgmental world,

I see below…another landscape…Earth.


The blue-terra-sphere is a rude roost,

more demanding, more complicated,

more ruthless, not nearly as listening,

and not nearly as absolute and talismanic

as my cumulus, nimbus, cirrus domain.


I will caress my white, unspoiled world.

I must grab and hold my dark, unclean planet.

I shall embrace both.

Two homes inexplicable in many ways,

but homes none-the-less.


K. D. Kennedy, Jr. 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.

Mountain Marathon

Cindy Larson


IT WAS FEBRUARY. Our family of four had joined a Connecticut-based group of 10 to cross-country ski and snow camp in Yellowstone. We spent a few days at a winter lodge in the geyser basin to get acquainted with our group and do a bit of ski conditioning. Early one morning a snowcat transported our contingent out from the lodge to snow-laden back country. After unloading our gear, we watched the snowcat head back, and then for several miles back-packed tents, lanterns, food, camp stove and personal supplies to set up our remote mountain campsite.

     Long, sleepless nights were cold in our two person tents. Water-filled flasks and next day’s clothing crowded into each sleeping bag. Darkness descended around 6:00 p.m. and lasted until 7:00 a.m. My watch, flashlight and I kept close company throughout each night. Were bears awake, too?

     One afternoon, our group descended a winding, steep trail to explore a thermal stream. The kids shed their clothes amid swirling snowflakes and basked in nature’s open-air spa. Considerably later, my husband and I began our return up to the campsite, but my cross-county skis kept back-sliding on the upward trail. The snow had softened just enough to become slippery. With every step forward I slid back two. He turned and saw me losing ground. Tears stung my eyes as sunset was fast approaching.

     After lingering a bit longer in the tepid spring, our two teen-aged sons dried off, re-clamped their skis and soon caught up, one carrying snow shoes on his back. I quickly fastened them on and gratefully tramped up into camp just as the sun hovered momentarily over a lodgepole pine.

     The clash of natural beauty, shaking knees on narrow ridge-line trails, savoring steaming oatmeal from a frozen spoon, glittering stars on a velvet sky…inhabit indelible memories.


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 locationfor the past 17 years and are now residents of The Woodlands at Furman, Greenville, SC.



About the Authors 



Marcia Hawley Barnes is a Georgia writer and poet. Publishing credits include “Tightrope” in Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems, Negative Capability Press; and “White-out” in Tis the Season, Old Mountain Press. In 2017, Ms. Barnes was awarded the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Children’s Book Category for Tobijah, her first children’s book. The author lives in Towns County, GA.


Frederick W. Bassett is a retired academic who turned to creative writing late in life. His poems have appeared in more than one-hundred publications. During 2019, he hopes to publish his fifth book of poetry and this third novel. An Alabama native, Bassett currently live in Greenwood, SC.


Nancy Hall Cody has written poetry that has been published in nine other Old Mountain Press anthologies and other poetry that was too long to publish. She had written articles and stories that have been published also. Nancy has been blessed with two awesome children and five precious grandchildren that she adores.  She and her husband Bill, live in Hayesville, NC.


Vicki Collins, who teaches English at the University of South Carolina Aiken, is the Writing Center Director. She has won awards for teaching excellence, university service, and advisement. Her book, The Silent Appalachian: Wordless Mountaineers in Fiction, Film, and Television was published by McFarland in 2017. She lives in Graniteville, SC.


Thomas Rain Crowe is an internationally-published and recognized author, editor 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) and a collection of Southern Appalachian place-based poems 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, USA.



Phebe Davidson 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. What Holds Him to this World received the 2014 South Carolina Poetry Archives prize.


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 the author of 13 books of poetry and short fiction, a fictionalized memoir entitled Buried Lives: Memoir of a Survivor, and co-editor of four anthologies of WNC women’s writing. Her poetry collection Home was nominated for a Southern Independent bookseller’s Alliance Award (SIBA). Her latest book is Like Headlines: New and Selected Poems from Red Dirt Press. She is currently at work on a A Poet's Heart in Essays. Nancy lives in Asheville, 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.


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


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 



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, 2018. Review all his books at . Anasazi Princess and Anasazi Journey are now available as E-Books on


Gregory Gillum has worked in such diverse fields as bank management and, after following the call to ministry, hospital chaplaincy. He was raised in Michigan and has lived the last five years in Berlin, Germany. He has written several articles for US sports publications. Greg currently writes The English Corner feature as an American transplanted into the Berlin culture. From his Corner, he greets foreign visitors to a country of untrue stereotypes and introduces Germans to surprising relationships.


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 (now William Peace University) and North Carolina State University. Her work has been included in the News and Observer and regularly appears throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to poetry, she enjoys writing fiction and creative non-fiction.


Karen Hammond has been writing for her children and grandchildren for many years. This story is an excerpt from her yet to be published book, "South Dakota, Read Across the Country". Karen lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband David.


Joan M. Howard’s poetry has been published in POEM, the Aurorean, The Wayfarer, Lucid Rhythms, The Deronda Review, The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry, Vox Poetica and other journals. She has published two books: Death and Empathy: My Sister Web by Create Space and Jack, Love, and the Daily Grail by Kelsay Books. She lives near beautiful Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, GA, where she enjoys birding and kayaking.


K. D. Kennedy, Jr. 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.


Jo Koster is a recovering administrator and college professor from Rock Hill, SC. She’s currently finishing a new chapbook centering around her recovery from cancer. She and her cat Max live in Rock

Hill, SC.


Patsy Kennedy Lain resides in Hubert, North Carolina, and relies on past memories, family stories and travels to inspire her work.  Patsy expresses her passions through writing and painting.  She has works published in many anthologies, several magazines, and a local paper. Patsy continues to receive awards for her works at Literary and Visual Arts programs through county senior games every year.


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 residents of The Woodlands at Furman, Greenville, SC.


Blanche L. Ledford resides in Hayesville, NC. Her work has appeared in many Old Mountain anthologies and other journals. Her book, Planting by the Signs, received the Paul Green Multimedia Award from NC Society of Historians. She won first place in the Cherokee/Clay County Silver Arts Contest for her poem, Trees, in 2018.


Brenda Kay Ledford resides in Hayesville, NC. Her work has appeared in many journals and 38 Old Mountain Press anthologies. Kelsay Books released her latest poetry book, Red Plank House. Brenda will be featured in The Laurel of Asheville Magazine, February, 2019.


K. A. Lewis graduated from the Corcoran School of Art in 1986 with little idea of how to make a living. Her work experience includes cake decoration, jewelry sales, hypnosis certification, being robbed at gunpoint, and 30 years as a custom picture framer. Since 2014, her poetry and genre fiction have been published in several anthologies. Katy and her husband live with four demanding cats in a small book-stuffed house in Falls Church, VA.


Valerie Macon lives in Fuquay Varina, NC. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as Pine Straw, O. Henry, and Salt, in online venues, and multiple anthologies.  Her work has been included in Poetry in Plain Sight/Winston Salem, in Kakalak 2018, Visions International, and in Bearing Up—Victory, Survival and Calamity. She has four books of poetry:  Shelf Life , Sleeping Rough, A String of Black Pearls, and The Shape of Today.


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 fiction reflects both. Her nine novels and

two short story collections are available in regional bookstores, online, on Kindle and (Mattie’s Girl and Sarranda) on Audible Books. Her latest novel, Sarranda’s Legacy, the third in the Sarranda trilogy, came out this summer.


Mona Miracle, born in a Kentucky mountain valley, had parents who explored several states. Before settling in Asheville, NC, Mona was a featured presenter at South Florida Poetry Society, and a four-category winner in Florida Freelance Writers Annual Competition. Readers can sample her publications, including the novel Wesley’s Gift at ; Amazon provides her ebooks and print formats. Currently developing a non-fiction book, she is researching technology and attitudes for successful aging.



Beverly Ohler has spent most of her life as a teacher and theater designer; she has been writing in many forms since she began school. Bev has published five books and her work has been included in magazines, programs and many anthologies, including this one. Having grown up and studied in the Northeast, Black Mountain, NC is now her home.


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 is a regular contributor to OMP anthologies.  Her creative non-fiction and poetry reflect a true southern heritage.  Her work has also appeared in print and online in a number of other anthologies and regional publications.  She and her husband recently moved from Hendersonville, NC to Loganville, GA to be near family.


Nancy Posey is a teacher, reader, and writer. Her poems have appeared in Oxford Poetry, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Poet’s Marker, ,Writer's Digest, and other print and online publications. Her first chapbook Let the Lady Speak won the Poetic Asides November Chapbook Challenge in 2009. Living in Nashville, her writing is marinated in music.


Michael Potts, a Smyrna, Tennessee native, teaches philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has authored three novels and two books of poetry as well as publications of both poetry and prose in literary magazines. He and his wife, Karen, and their eight cats live near Coats, North Carolina.


Mary Ricketson, Murphy NC, inspired by nature and her work as a mental health counselor, has poetry published in Wild Goose Poetry Review, Future Cycle Press, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Lights in the Mountains, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, Red Fox Run, It’s All Relative, Old Mountain Press, Whispers, Voices, and her chapbook I Hear the River Call my Name, and two full length collections, Hanging Dog Creek, and Shade and Shelter.


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 five 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 poetry collections (Apertures and Second Skin). She lives in Raleigh, NC. Her work has been published in many poetry journals. She is presently at work on her third collection.


Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler, of Burlington, NC, a former college president and a Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet 2013-2015, has published 5+ academic books and 72 articles, edited 22 books and 3 national journals, and written 3 newspaper columns (1 now). 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. Volume I (of 41 plays) was just published.


Rishan Singh, an artist, has carved a niche into the writing, poetry and acting fields. He has is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, who was raised to full membership of the Golden Key International Honor Society on the Vice-Chancellors Honors list. In 2018 he gave a stage performance, achieving a gold standard.


Dr. 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.


Elaina Sarah Stone’s publishing history includes poetry in Shemom and The Jewish Press. Her professional work involving children with Autism has been published in Building Blocks magazine. Ms. Stone obtained a B.S. in education from Fredonia State University and is currently working toward a M.S. in Reading & Literacy from SUNY Geneseo. Elaina lives in Pittsford, NY.


Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & soft-cover 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 1940's-50's. She lives in Pittsford, NY


Barbara Tate is an award winning artist and writer and is a member of the Haiku Society of America, the British Haiku Society and Haiku Canada. Her work has been published in Storyteller Magazine, Santa Fe Literary Review, Modern Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online, Presence, Blithe Spirit, Wales Haiku Journal, NeverEnding Story & Hedgerow, among others. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies including the last 9 anthologies at Old Mountain Press. Barbara currently resides in Winchester, TN.


Elizabeth B. Watson  (a.k.a Betty) lives in the Upstate of SC now in Greenville with her husband. The blue mountains are definitely a missing part of their lives, but if they drive a mile and park at CVS in Travelers Rest, SC, on a clear day she can see- beyond forever—the “Great Blue Wall” on the state line. And that’s a treat similar to writing this brief memoir and seeing it in print in this publication.


Laurie Wilcox-Meyer lives in the mountains of Western NC.Her poems have appeared in Birdsong Anthology, and in The Great Smokies Review, Kakalak, Artemis Journals, and Wild Goose Poetry Review. Circling Silence, her chapbook, was published in January, 2018 by Finishing Line Press. Her full-length book of poetry, Of Wilderness and Flight, was published in March, 2018 by FootHills Publishing.


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 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.


Erin Yates grew up in Greenwood, SC and graduated from Clemson University. After an early career in banking, she dedicated herself to raising three boys while moving around to several different states. Journaling, writing, and sharing stories have always been part of Erin’s life. She and her family now reside in Charlotte, NC, where she recently became a certified yoga instructor. Erin enjoys reading, writing, yoga, travel, and spending time with family and friends.


C. Pleasants York of Sanford, NC, favorite writings by her are about her grandmother, Dora May Key—her life in the mountains and her move to the city around 1914. Born in 1896, Dora left Brushy Mountain with her cousin, Lela, for Winston-Salem. Briefly she worked at Reynolds Tobacco Company until meeting Arthur Pleasants, railroad engineer for Southern Railway. They married around 1916, and daughter, Jessie May—mother of the poet—was born in 1920.


Joseph Youngblood lives in Fayetteville, NC, but is currently visiting South Korea for a year. He writes for personal enjoyment about things that have meaning for him. His work has appeared in several previous anthologies.

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