Mountain Time: A Poetry Anthology
ISBN: 1-884778-40-2
LOC: 2006932746
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
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About the book

This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country and expresses their thoughts through their work for the beauty and lifestyle of the mountains.

About the Authors 

Matthew G. Adams’ poetry has appeared in Coastal Plains Poetry, Volume III, Fall 1994. He won Third Place in the West Virginia Poetry Society Contest, 1992, Second Place in the Young­sters of Unity Contest, 1994, Jacksonville, NC, and Honorable Mention in the West Virginia Poetry Society Contest, 1995.

Sandra Ervin Adams’ poetry has appeared in the anthology, Lessons from Our Children, by Joan Aho Ryan, Health Communications, Inc., 1999; The Magpie’s Nest, 2005, The Lyricist, 2006, In the Yard, Old Mountain Press, 2006. She won two Honorable Mentions in the Carteret Writers Contest 2006, for her poetry.

Malaika King Albrechtlives in Pinehurst with her family. She has had poems published in various magazines, such as New Orleans Review and Exquisite Corpse. Most recently a poem was included in 2006 Kakalak: An Anthology of Carolina Poets, and a haiku was accepted for the upcoming Haiku Society of America’s anthology. She volunteers in local schools teaching poetry and anywhere else that will let her. This haiku won a meal at Akai Hana’s restaurant and thereby provided yet another way to eat a poem.

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, and others. She has serv­ed on the boards of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the Poetry Council of North Carolina.

Glenda Barrett, an artist, poet and essayist is a native of North Georgia. Her work has been published in Farm & Ranch Living, Woman’s World, Rural Heritage, Nostalgia, Psychology for Living, Kaleidoscope, Smoky Mountain Living and other mag­azines.

Frederick W. Bassett holds four academic degrees, including a Ph.D. in Biblical Literature from Emory University. His poems have appeared in Apostrophe, Negative Capability, Passager, Pembroke Magazine, Plainsongs, Potato Eyes, Pudding Magazine, Savannah Literary Journal, The Cape Rock, Zone 3. They are also anthologized in A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry (2005) and In the Yard (2006). He has two books of “found” poetry both published by Paraclete Press – Love: The Song of Songs (2002) and Awake My Heart (1998).

Michael Beadle is a poet, journalist and teaching artist living in Canton, NC. His first collection of poetry is An Invented Hour (Hard Times Press, 2004). His work has also appeared in the anthology, Gatherings (Spring Street Editions, 2001). In June 2006, he was chosen as “Poet of the Week” by the NC Arts Council. 

Glenda Beall is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She is a retired teacher from Hayesville, NC where she serves as publicity chairman for North Carolina Writers’ Network West. Her poetry has appeared in the Journal of Kentucky Studies, Appalachian Heritage, Main Street Rag, and other poetry journals, as well as in the anthologies In the Yard, and Lights in the Mountains. One of her poems won third place in the Appalachian Writers Association Poetry Contest in 1997. She also writes personal essays and memoir which have been published in Reunion Magazine and forthcoming in Rambler Magazine.

Alan Berecka resides in Sinton, Texas with his wife and two children. His poetry has appeared in American Literary Review, Red River Review, New Formalist, Windhover and New Texas. His chapbook Each Man Has One Life was published by Trilobite Press. He earns his keep as a reference librarian at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.

Marian Blue’s fiction, poetry, essays and interviews appear in magazines and books such as Snowy Egret, Mute Note Earthward, Hundred White Daffodils, Mankato Poetry Review, and Passing the Three Gates, Interviews with Charles Johnson. Her editorial work includes newspaper, magazine, book, and online experience. Marian lives on Whidbey Island, Washington where she teaches for Skagit Valley College, is partner with Blue & Ude Writers Services and volunteers and teaches for Whidbey Island Writers Association.

Ervene Boyd lives in her native town of Raleigh, NC. She writes, paints and decorates and is a healing minister. She has previously published and co-produced Poetic Journey on the Blue Orb at the Carrboro Art Center in Chapel HIll, NC, with her first book, Divine Alignments.

Rachel Bronnum’s work has appeared in In the Yard: A Poetry Anthology. A graduate of Emory University, she lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia and Highlands, North Carolina.

Sally Buckner has published fiction and poetry in over forty journals, as well as a poetry collection, Strawberry Harvest. Editor of two anthologies (Our Words, Our Ways and Word and Witness: 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry), she is an active member of the lively NC literary community. Retired from a long teaching career (kindergarten through gradute school), she now lives with her husband Bob in Cary, NC.

Stuart Burroughs has been involved since childhood in poetry writing, visual art, and music. Her collection of 69 poems, Beyond the Hills, was published in 2004 (Chapel Hill Press). Her poems have appeared in various publications including Anson Pathways, Iris, and the NC Poetry Society journals. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she writes, paints, and plays piano for others.

Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin is a business writer with many books and articles on management topics to her credit. Her poetry has been published in Atlanta Review, Appalachian Heritage, and Nomad, and in the anthologies Tree Magic, Immigration, Emigration and Diversity, and The Gift of Experience. She lives and works near Cullowhee, NC. 

Mary Margaret Carlisle, Sol Magazine Projects Director, editor of Ampersand Poetry Journal, is a writing coach, artist, and gardener. She belongs to Monday Night Poets, Galveston Poets Roundtable, and Poetry Society of Texas. Her latest work appears in TimeSlice, Texas Poetry Calendar 2006, Bayousphere, Houston Poetry Fest Anthology, etc. She lives in Webster, Texas, with her husband, Leo F. Waltz.

Suzanne Carey’s work has appeared in literary journals in the US and abroad.A native Californian, she holds A.B. and MBA degrees from Stanford University, where she works as a financial manager. She spends the happiest part of each summer writing in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge mountains. 

Jim Clark was born and reared in the Upper Cumberland region of Middle TN. He has published two books of poems, edited another, released two CDs, and written a full-length play. Notions: The Jim Clark Miscellany is forthcoming, as is a third CD featuring his band The Near Myths. He is currently Professor of English and Writer in Residence at Barton College in Wilson, NC.

Phebe Davidson is the author of several collections of poems, most recently The Drowned Man (Finishing Line Press) and Song Dog (S.C. Poetry Initiative). She lives in Westminster, SC with her husband Steve and their cat Fripp.

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, and Spinning Words Into Gold (by Maureen Ryan Griffin, Main Street Rag Publishing Co). His collection, Seasonings, will be released in early September by Main Street Rag Publishing Co.

Elon G. Eidenier, lives in Hillsborough, N.C. He has recently published a chap book DRAW FLAME CATCH FIREand has been published in various journals, including the Virginia Quarterly Review, Tar River Journal and Ekphrasis. His poetry has been translated into Russian and Greek.

Terri Kirby Erickson is a NC native. Her book of poetry, Thread Count, was released in January, 2006. Her work has been published by Paris Voice, Old Mountain Press, Forsyth Woman, the N.C. Arts Council, and has been accepted for publication by The Christian Science Monitor. More information about her work is available at:

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

Ann Gerikemoved 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).

Bill Griffin is a family doc in rural NC, where his “writer’s group” is a hawkswept footpath that wanders up the Blue Ridge. Bill serves on the boards of the NC Poetry Society and Poetry Council of NC and organizes the annual Foothills Favorite Poem Project. He has two chapbooks in print or pending, Barb Quill Down (Pudding House, 2004) and Changing Woman (Main Stre­et Rag Press, 2007).

Joy Beshears Hagy lives on High Rock Lake in Lexington, NC with her husband, two dogs and a cat. Hagy holds a BA from Salem College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Her poetry has appeared in various journals including Poet’s Canvas, THRIFT, Main Street Rag, Southern Gothic Online, R-KV-R-Y Quarterly, and In the Yard: A Poetry Anthology from Old Mountain Press.

MaXine Carey Harker has taught a creative writing class at Pitt Community College and Craven Community College for over 15 years. Now teaches an adult class at the New Bern Recreation Center. Her work has appeared in national, state and local publications. She has been a winner numerous times in NCPS and NCHS. Nonfiction, sonnets & haiku are her favorite forms of writing. 

Van Henderson lives in Macon, GA. with her husband and 2 children. She has twice attended the Sarah Lawrence Writing Workshop, and studied with Thomas Lux at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Her work has appeared in Crossroads: A Southern Anthology,Poetry Motel The Dulcimer, In the Yard and the online journal, Muscadine Lines. Lines. 

Vertha Higdon-Odeh was born in Louisburg, NC, graduated, Bunn High School and graduated Suma Cum Laude from Rutledge Business College. She and her two children, started a little printing venture where they collaborated on writing a children’s book called Ms Stough and the Stoughberry Gang. In 1996, Vertha won the City of Raleigh Arts Council Award grant for a collection of short stories, Out of the Mist. Vertha is currently a Mary Kay Sales Director.

Jerry Judge is a poet and a social worker from Cincinnati, OH. His favorite mountain retreat is Wildacres in Little Switzerland, NC. He says that you can’t miss finding a muse there.

Alice Kallmerten was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Biological Science. Alice at 64, began to study poetry at Queens College and workshops in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her poems have received awards from North Carolina Poetry Council, Charlotte Writers Club, Fields of Earth and Anson county Writers Club. Some have been pub­lished in the Weston Democrat News, Charlotte Poetry Magazine, Flame and Self as Source. After living in Charlotte, North Carolina for twenty years, she has recently moved to the Belknap Mountains in Gilford, New Hampshire.

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).

Lauren Kennedy is an actress who is currently on Broadway starring as The Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Lauren has been singing, dancing, and acting as a professional since 1993 when she was on Broadway and in the national tour of Sunset Boulevard. She has written song lyrics, poems, and music for as long as she remembers and can be heard on her album Lauren Kennedy, Songs of Jason Robert Brown. Lauren would like to thank her father for suggesting the title “Juxtaposition” and collaborating with her on some of the adjectives of nature in this poem that she originally wrote a few years ago. Visit her website at

Robert W. Kimsey is a retired Technical Writer/Illustrator and lives in McCaysville, GA. His poems have been published in various poetry and web columns including Kudzu, Pegasus and forthcoming in Southern Ocean Review. He is the winner of the 2005 Lee Pennington Award, R. J. Lutzke Memorial Award and placed second in the President’s Prize from the Kentucky State Poetry Society. Paths From the Shawnee Spring is the title of his chapbook.

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

Nancy Tripp King’s work has appeared in Evansville Review, Iodine, and Main Street Rag.

Lena Ayer Kittrell is a Christian poet, musician, and artist. She enjoy the work of other like minded people. Over the years she has written twenty-one books of poetry and other materials. Her only grandchild Victoria Lauren Carter is also interested in the arts, and expresses them well. Her husband Jacob Kittrell is a great supporter of her work. Constantly, she seeks to achieve the best in herself and others. Visit Lena’s web site at:

Bruce Lader is the author of Discovering Mortality (March Street Press, 2005). His poems have appeared in Poetry, New York Quarterly, Confrontation, and the Poetic Voices Without Boundaries Anthology (Gival Press, 2005) among other publications. He is the director of Bridges Tutoring, an organization educating students from diverse cultures.

Susanna Lang has published poems, essays and translations in such journals as Kalliope, Southern Poetry Review, Chicago Review, New Directions, Green Mountains Review, Rhino and Baltimore Review. Book publications include translations of Words in Stone and The Origin of Language, both by Yves Bonnefoy. She won an Illinois Arts Council award for a poem published in The Spoon River Poetry Review. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago, where she teaches middle school students.

Brenda Kay Ledford’s work has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Pembroke Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, In the Yard, and other publications. She’s a member of North Carolina Writer’s Network.

Susan Lefler lives and works in Brevard, North Carolina.She is editor-at-large for Smoky Mountain Living magazine. Her poetry has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review,Appalachian Heritage, Passager, Wind,Pinesong, and other journals as well as in the anthologies Lights in the Mountains and Kakalak.

Michael H. Lythgoe traveled in South America while serving as an Air Force officer. He has worked at the Smithsonian Associates, and has an MFA from Bennington College. His chap­book, BRASS, won the Kinloch Rivers contest in 2006. He serves as President of The Academy For Lifelong Learning at USC in Aiken, SC. His work appears in Windhover, Caribbean Writer, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Ruah, Kakalak, and Yemassee.

Betty John Magil’s work has been see in The Lyrisist and in a recent collection of her poem called Salt & 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 Longleaf Chapbook Competition.

Terry McCoy moved to Eastern North Carolina in 1990 and now lives in Merritt. Originally from the East Tennessee, he grew up in the mountains and attended college at Tennessee Tech University on the Cumberland Plateau. Since moving to North Carolina, he has taught at Pamlico Community College and New Bern High School.

Paul Mitchell’s poetry has appeared in Crucible, Bay Leaves, Pinesong, and In the Yard, A Poetry Anthology. He has served two years on the board of the Poetry Council of North Carolina. He’s an artist, a potter, a basketmaker, and a United Methodist minister. He was born in Columbia, NC, and currently lives in Townville, SC, near Clemson.

Rebecca J. Mitchell’spoems have been published in Tar River, Crucible, Pinesong, Kakalak, In the Yard, A Poetry Anthology, Line Drives, A Baseball Anthology, other magazines and anthologies. She has served on the board of the North Carolina Poetry Society and is past president of the Poetry Council of NC. She spent most of her life in Wilson, NC, and currently lives in Townville, SC, near Clemson. 

Janice Townley Moore lives in Hayesville, NC, and teaches in the English Department at Young Harris College, where she also chairs the Humanities Division. Her chapbook Teaching the Robins was published by Finishingline Press in 2005.

Susan Terhune Nunn: “NASUS” is the pen and Island name that has evolved for Susan. Now retired her time is filled with volunteering for Beach Watchers, Admiralty Head Lighthouse and attending poetry and writing groups. Nasus has had poems published in Take Our Words For Whidbey and short stories in Whispers In The Mist. “I feel I have finally found my true home, friends, and passion for writing, living here in Coupeville, WA, on Whidbey Island.”

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.

Joyce Richardson lives and writes in Athens, OH. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from Ohio University and has taught high school English and drama. She is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Artist fellowship, and her poems have ap­peared in numerous periodicals. She is the author of On Sunday Creek, an Appalachian novel, and her Tarot chapbook, The Read­er is currently in the works at Pudding House Press.

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.

Louise Rockwell lives in Davidson, NC, with her husband and basset hound. As well as a love of poetry she spends time working with The Freeport Theater Festival in Pennsylvania. 

Rachelle Rogers is a writer, poet and editor. Fiction author of A Love Apart, she has received competitive recognition in memoir, fiction and poetry, has been a reader with UNCA’s Writers at Home program, and was granted a 2002 Wildacres Artist Residency. Her work has appeared in several literary journals in­cluding Passager, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Calyx, Pinesong, The Pedestal and in WNC Woman. She lives in Asheville, NC.

Maureen Shay is a teacher, director, and poet who resides in Salisbury, NC. Her poetry has been published in Tar River Poetry and the anthology Wildacres Poetry.

Maureen A. Sherbondy’s work has been published in Feminist Studies, Cairn, 13th Moon, Crucible and other journals. She was a winner of the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open. Her novella was a finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and three sons.

Nancy Simpson is Resident Writer at John Campbell Folk School. She is the author of Across Water and Night Student and had poems published in Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner and Southern Poetry Review. She edited Lights in the Mountains, Stories, Essays and Poems by Writers Living in and Inspired by the Southern Appalachian Mountains. “At the End of Always” was first published in Appalachian Heritage Magazine.

Linda M. Smith of Hayesville, NC, studied poetry at the NC Writers’ Network West critique groups and creative writing classes and work shops in the area. Poems of hers have been pub­lished in Lights in the Mountains and won first and second place prizes in the Clay County Arts Council poetry contests.

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

Dennis Ward Stiles grew up on a dairy farm in northern Illinois. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964, and served thirty years in the Air Force as a pilot and military diplomat, much of that time overseas. He has published in many journals. His latest chapbook is A Strange Wind Rises from Pudding House Publications.

Caren Stuart is a Sanford, NC, poet, jewelry artist, and craftsperson whose poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Pikeville Review, Nanny Fanny, and Main Street Rag among others. An enthusiastic member of the North Carolina Poetry Society, she has won awards for poetry of courage, light verse, poems for children, poetry of love, serious poetry, and haiku. She enjoys weekend camping with her husband and son, attempting to rehab a derelict shack way back in the woods, off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Doug Stuber has taught Creative Writing in New York and North Carolina since 1991. He is a member of the Friday Noon Poets, plays bass in Skinny Atlas, paints abstractions that are exhibited worldwide. Previous books include Sex, Religion, Politics, and Poems from the Heron Clan. He lives with his son, James Hyuntay and wife, the artist Kwang Suk Park.

Daniel Swett lives in the beautiful Monadnock region of South­western NH. His poetry reflects upon his life growing up in rural New England combined with experiences gained while trav­eling throughout much of Europe and the United States. He has previously written a book of poetry entitled, Hypothetical Mishmash

Nancy Dew Taylor’s poems appear in The South Carolina Review, Kalliope, and Appalachian Journal. Two prize-winning poems are published in the North Carolina Poetry Society’s anthologies; three others were included in A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry. She was a finalist for Salem College’s Rita Dove Poetry Award in 2006. A native of Lake City, SC, she now lives in Greenville, SC.

Christopher R. Vierckis a poet who writes at a furious pace. He has been known to write two, three, or four poems a day when the mood strikes. Some of his poems are quiet, others have the rage of a wildfire, and he is not afraid to dive into any subject. 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.

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 Rhythms and Ragged Lines was published in 2006.

Glenda S. Wilkins grew up on an eastern NC tobacco farm, and believed she’d never live beyond the county line. Decades later, she moved to Europe for almost a dozen years. Her poems are published in the U.S.A., Canada, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Great Britain. Along the way, she has won several poetry awards. Today, she resides in Grifton, NC, with her husband, and a snooty cat.

Nancy L. Williams: No bio submitted.

William Wright, a native of South Carolina, is a Ph.D. student and Excellence Fellow at the University of Southern Missis­sippi’s Center for Writers. His first collection of poems, Dark Orchard, was recently awarded the 2005 Texas Review Breakthrough Poetry Prize and published by Texas Review Press. His work has appeared in such journals as Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, Pacific Review, Borderlands, and Southern Quarterly, among others. He is co-editor with Stephen Gardner of the multi-volume Southern Poetry Anthology, the South Carolina volume to be released soon. Visit Wright’s website at:

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