Old Time Mountain Music: A Poetry and Prose Anthology



 A collection of poetry and prose from writers across the country.  The theme is anything with a mountain flavor. 

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This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country, with a theme relating to the mountains.
     Celia Miles

The little graveyard lies
up a winding mountain road
across from the larger one.
Now unmanicured and unmowed
it stays quiet and deserted
forsaken except for bleached plastic daisies,
plastic roses in rusty coffee cans placed there
by kind and unknown hands on some Decoration Day.

It holds the marker of one mother,
Minnie Ester Arledge, long lived
at ninety-three and long dead
these eighty years thereafter. 
Claimed now by tall pine trees above,
their roots embrace her as once
before the Civil War some husband had.

Separated by long time and progress
too close to gravel roads and mobile homes
she rests without her kin.
A few plain stones, just rocks are scattered
under the branches, her name and Mother
roughly etched, barely visible.
By whose hand? Her children? His?
We who by accident pass this way know only 
that once upon a time, that time, ever before us
there was a Minnie Ester Arledge.

Celia Miles, community college retiree, lives, writes, edits, photographs, and travels from Asheville, NC. Her latest novels are Sarranda, set in the mid-1800s before, during, after the Civil War, and Journey to Stenness, set in NC and the Scottish island of Orkney.


Donald and Ol’ Red
Martha O’Quinn

Youngins in the mountain holler love to help Granny with her chores.  They know they’ll be rewarded with dinner and special biscuits.  Special because she rolls the dough out and cuts it with the rim of a small glass dipped in flour.  Their mommas make large, doughy biscuits by pinching off a wad of dough to shape with their hand.  Granny’s are kid-sized and firm. 
 Her ten-year-old nephew is there to help hoe her garden.  She’ll make his favorite dish, chicken, allowing him to catch the day’s sacrifice.  As Donald approaches the hen house the chickens scatter, running underneath an old shed.  While he’s down on his hands and knees hoping to grab one with Granny’s special hook, Ol’ Red the rooster jumps at him and on him.  Frustrated, he goes to the house and whines to Granny that Ol’ Red is giving him a problem.  She laughs and says, “Go show ‘im who’s boss.” 
 To an angry ten-year-old, that’s permission to make sure that rooster never bothers him again.   He grabs a broom from inside the shed and heads back toward the chickens.  When Ol’ Red comes at him he swings the broom handle and whop, the rooster’s head is left dangling by a small piece of skin.  He drags the rooster to the back door and yells, “Here ‘e is!”
 One look at Granny and he knows she isn’t as happy as he is.  Her few moments of silence seems like an eternity.  All of a sudden she bends over, slaps both her thighs and begins to laugh. Together they scald her prize rooster, pluck his feathers and stew him until he’s tender and swimming in rich, yellow gravy, perfect for sopping with Granny’s biscuits.
 She still laughs about Donald’s literal interpretation of go show ‘im who’s boss.   Donald tells folks that Granny gave him his first lesson in sex education.  Before that memorable Saturday he had no idea of a rooster’s role in the hen house!

Martha O’Quinn writes poetry and creative non-fiction.  Her prose is based on family stories written as confirmation of an old adage, truth is stranger than fiction. Martha is a mother of two, grandmother of four, and soon-to-be great-grandmother.  She and her husband live in Hendersonville, NC. 

About the Authors


Matthew G. Adams continues to be inspired by all things Whovian. His poetry has appeared in Mountain Time, Home for the Holidays, Looking Back, Mountain High, You Gotta Love ‘em, Just Between Us, Traveling Time, and Words. He lives in Midway Park, NC.

Sandra Ervin Adams is listed in A Directory of American Poets and Writers and has been published in anthologies and literary journals. In 2006 she authored Union Point Park Poems and plans to publish Through A Weymouth Window. In 2008 she taught a poetry workshop at New Bern’s First Literary Symposium. Sandra is working on a poetry book about Swansboro, NC and its people, and does readings at various locations. She lives near Jacksonville, NC.


Katherine Russell Barnes lives in Wilson, NC. She is a retired nurse, a wife, a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She studied writing at Barton College and Wilson Community College and has written poetry for three decades. Her poems have been published in Crucible,Pembroke Magazine,Dragonfly and many other magazines and anthologies. She has held offices in The NC Poetry Society and The Poetry Council of NC.

Jerry Bradley spent thirty years in the US Air Force from which he retired in August 2008. He and his, wife, Laura, were stationed at the different military locations. During his career he wrote poetry off and on and now has the opportunity to concentrate on his writing. Most of his poems are related to this faith, his family or the military. They raised three children, a daughter in the Army, a daughter married to Army, and a son in the Air Force. Jerry and Laura currently live in Raeford, NC. 

Stuart Burroughs has been involved since childhood in visual art, poetry, and music. She has taught English and art, and her art hangs in many homes. A collection of her poems, Beyond the Hills, can be purchased on Amazon.com or from The Chapel Hill Press. Stuart lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she writes, paints, and plays her piano program, Music to Remember, every week at several locations.


Jim Clark is the Elizabeth H. Jordan Professor of Southern Literature and Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. In November 2010 he released his second solo CD, The Service of Song, featuring his musical settings of twelve poems by the north Georgia “farmer-poet” Byron Herbert Reece. His home page is www.jimclarkpoet.com

Vicki Collins, an English instructor at the University of South Carolina Aiken, lives in Graniteville, SC. Her work has appeared in Kakalak, The Teacher’s Voice, Barbaric YAWP, Windhover, Traveling Time, and Words. Her family roots run deep in the mountains of Appalachia.

Sonja Contois is an award-winning author with short stories in Christmas Presence and oodles of Old Mountain Press Anthologies. Her magazine credits include Western North Carolina Woman and Fresh. A former therapist and minister, Sonja is now a full-time writer living in the beautiful mountains of Haywood County, North Carolina.


Tom Davis’s publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Caroli­na Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observers Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, and Special Warfare. 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. Tom lives in the mountain community of Webster, NC..


Dena M. Ferrari, author of Poems from the Hearth 2010 She has poems in a few OMP anthologies. She placed several times in Fields of Earth, sponsored by the Writers’ Ink Guild, Charles Weyant’s book,An Odyssey in Broken Rhythms and Ragged Lines (2006). Several works are included within anthologies by the Writers Alliance World-Wide Poets. Dena’s poetry is also in WCC of NY The Phoenix (1976). Dena and Peter are from Vass, NC Brightest Blessings.

Ann Fogelman, was born in Reading, Pa. Her work has appeared in Pets Across America, The Noble Generation, That Thing You Do, Boundless 2011, Words and other anthologies and school publications. She is a member of Bay Area Writers League, Gulf Coast Poets, Poetry Society of Texas, The Arts Alliance Center in Clear Lake and OLLI at Galveston. Ann lives in Friendswood, TX.

Dare Freeman Ford is author of Don’t Make Me Turn This Bus Around, chronicling her adventures as a teenage bus driver in Anson County, NC. Her work has appeared in several regional publications and Old Mountain Press anthologies. She also contributed to Christmas Presence and Clothes Lines, edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham. She lives in Hendersonville, NC.


James Gibson (Northville, MI) combined his love of the American West and fascination with Native American culture to write the five novels in the Anasazi Quest series. He also wrote The Last Ride, set outside Tucson, AZ, in the 1870s. All six of his novels can be found at the www.pentaclespress.com website. The Anasazi Quest novels can also be purchased through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. 

BJ Gillum 72, is retired on Watts Bar Lake near Rockwood, TN, with his wife Saundra. He has written six novels, a travelogue and is a frequent contributor to Old Mountain Press. BJ is an amateur winemaker and is president of Roane Writers Group. 

Marian Gowan is author of Notes from the Trunk, published by Old Mountain Press (www.oldmp.com/mariangowan.htm). She contributed to American Patchwork, St. Martins Press. Her work has appeared in several Old Mountain Press anthologies, as well as Christmas Presence, and Clothes Lines, edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham. She retired to the NC mountains from western NY in 2001.


Kerri Mai Habben lives in Raleigh, NC where she works as a writer, photographer, and a local historian. A graduate of both Peace College and North Carolina State University, her articles, essays, and poetry have appeared in literary journals, the News and Observer, and other publications. She is currently at work on a novel set in 1929.

Andrea Haigh moved to Fayetteville, NC, over a year ago. She enjoys spending time with family, friends and her puppy Duffy

MaXine Carey Harker and husband Berkley, have lived 57 years in the little one-stop-light town of Grifton, NC, reared 5 children who have produced grandchildren and great grandchildren in far-flung places.Published in national, state and local publications. She prefers non-fiction, sonnets, and haiku. Taught Writing for Publication for 30+ years at Community Colleges, nowRec Center in New Bern. MaXine is 82,her doctor tells her she is 65. 

Joseph Haymore is a self-taught poet. He has a degree in accounting but says his college English courses were a “piece of cake.” He is a former president of The Writers’ Ink Guild of Fayetteville and credits any poetic expertise he may possess to his wife and mentor, Catherine.

Elizabeth MacKenzie Hebron grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where she spent much of her early childhood with her West Virginia Godparents, soaking up the rich and varied mountain music Fourest played and sang. Her daughters grew up listening to him sing those same tunes. Her granddaughters now sing their Mama and Granny’s favorite, Forty Miles from Poplar Bluff. Elizabeth lives in Westland, MI, but her heart’s in West Virginia.

Wynne Huddleston is a public school music teacher living in Little Rock, MS who spent many summers vacations in the Smoky Mountains. She is a member of the Mississippi Poetry Society and the Mississippi Writers Guild. Her poetry can be read in numerous publications including The Rainbow Rose, Orange Room Review, Halfway Down the Stairs, New Fairy Tale Anthology (Aurora Wolf), From the Porch Swing, and The Harsh and the Heart–Patriot’s Dream. Visit her at www.wynne-huddleston.blogspot.com.


Dr. Bonnie Ivey-Collins is a retired teacher, counselor, therapist, social worker who loves to write. The legacy she wishes to leave her granddaughters is tobelieve one is never too old to learn.She is almost finished with her Masters Degree in Theology and awaits any old age opportunity.She lives in Hattiesburg, MS.


Jerry Judge lives in Cincinnati with his beautiful wife, Michele, two imperial felines and a former shelter dog named Luna who stole his heart. He has work in several journals and has published seven chapbooks. He’s a proud papa of two grown sons, Nick and Devin.

Arnie Johanson is a retired philosophy professor, living in Durham, NC, with summers in Minneapolis, MN. He has been writing poetry since retirement, and his work has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies. He has published two chapbooks of poetry.


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. KD and his wife Sara Lynn live in Raleigh, NC.


Patsy Kennedy Lain lives in Hubert, NC, and has published works in several anthologies and online magazine sites. She has receivedseveral Literary Arts ribbons and medals in Senior Games for her poetry and short stories in 2008, 2009, and 2010. She was honored as Gilbert-Chappel Distinguished Poet Series Adult Student Poet in 2009. Patsy maintains membership with the Onslow Poetry Consortium and NC Poetry Society since 2008. 

Jo Koster teaches at Winthrop University, where she spends too much time on administrative duties and not enough on writing. She was a 2010 finalist for the Carrie Allen McCray fellowship of the South Carolina Academy of Poets, and a new chapbook, Nine Days’ Wonder, is just about finished. She and her cats Max and Neville live in comfortable chaos and in Rock Hill, SC.

Blanche L. Ledford’s work has appeared in Southern Mist, Night Whispers, The Outer Side of Life, Words, and other Old Mountain Press anthologies. She won first place in the Cherokee County Silver Arts contest for her essay, Planting by the Signs. Blanche resides in Hayesville, NC, and enjoys gardening, reading, and writing.

Brenda Kay Ledford is a member of North Carolina Writer’s Network and North Carolina Poetry Society. Her work has appeared in all of the Old Mountain Press anthologies and many other journals. She received the Paul Green Award for her three poetry chapbooks: Patchwork Memories, Shew Bird Mountain, and Sacred Fire. Brenda resides in Hayesville, NC and her blog is:


Michael Hugh Lythgoe’s reviews and poems appear in Windhover, Petigru Review, The Caribbean Writer. He has read his poems at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA, and produced a program for the Westobou Arts Festival in 2010. His full poetry collection, HOLY WEEK, is available at Xlibris.com. Also see his web site: www.BrassBard.com. Mike lives in Aiken, SC with his wife, Louise.


Al Manning is a retired Naval officer, and a retired college instructor. He is on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and is the Chatham County representative for the network. Al now lives in Pittsboro, NC. 

David Treadway Manninglives with his wife Doris in Cary, NC and has work in various journals, seven chapbooks (most recently Continents of Light, Finishing Line, 2010), and two full-length collections, The Flower Sermon (Main Street Rag, 2007) and Yodeling Fungus, see www.oldmp.com/DaveManning.htm (Old Mountain Press, 2010).

Susan McKendree is a writer and collage artist who shares her Weaverville, NC, home and life with three kitties. She writes poems, builds shrines, and is a professional caregiver. Susan has published work in several other regional anthologies as well as in WNC Woman. She is currently working on a chapbook of sacred poetry in the form of ghazels—an ancient Persian form consisting of couplets—to her Divine Beloved. 

Celia Miles, community college retiree, lives, writes, edits, photographs, and travels from Asheville, NC. Her latest novels are Sarranda, set in the mid-1800s before, during, after the Civil War, and Journey to Stenness, set in NC and the Scottish island of Orkney.


Jerome Norris is a retired lawyer and an active amateur writer who lives next to a pond with his beautiful wife of fifty-one years near New Bern, N.C. He’s so old that his poetry still rhymes. 


Martha O’Quinn writes poetry and creative non-fiction. Her prose is based on family stories written as confirmation of an old adage, truth is stranger than fiction. Martha is a mother of two, grandmother of four, and soon-to-be great-grandmother. She and her husband live in Hendersonville, NC.


Margaret L. Parrish’s poems have appeared in Mountain Time, Poem, Bay Leaves, Poets for Peace and other publications. She lives and works in Raleigh, NC.

Michael Potts, a native of Smyrna, TN, is Professor of Philosophy, Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina. His poems have appeared in several literary journals and Old Mountain Press anthologies, and his chapbook, From Field to Thicket, won the 2006 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award of the North Carolina Writers Network. He lives with his wife and three cats in Linden, NC.


Phil Richardson lives in Athens, Ohio where he as been writing short stories for quite some time.His wife Joyce is also a writer and they belong to the same writing group. Phil has published fifty short stories on-line and in print publications. Two of his stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Fiction.


Dr. 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 published a novella, short-story collection, and seven chapbooks and has a full-length poetry collection and a novel forthcoming. She lives in Sanford, NC.

Susan Sadowski, currently living in Aiken, South Carolina, regards poetry writing as a beautiful mystery to be solved. “The subject becomes part of me, teasing me, invading everything I do, until the poem is finished. Then, I breathe... and have some wine.” Susan is mused by a fellow Anthology contributor and neighbor, along with his lovely wife.

Joanna Catherine Scott is the author of the prizewinning poetry collections Breakfast at the Shangri-la, Fainting at the Uffizi, and Night Huntress; the novels Child of the South, The Road from Chapel Hill, The Lucky Gourd Shop, Charlie, and Cassandra, Lost; and the nonfiction Indochina’s Refugees: Oral Histories from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. A Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Scott is a graduate of Adelaide and Duke Universities and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her website is www.joannacatherinescott.com.

Nancy Sollosi is a lifelong resident of the South. She draws much of her inspiration from dreams, both real and imagined. She writes poetry, prose, and songs in Jamestown, NC.

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


Nancy Dew Taylor’s work has most recently appeared in the Southern Poetry Anthology’s Contemporary Appalachia volume. Emrys Press published her chapbook, Stepping on Air, in 2008. She lives in Greenville, SC.


JC Walkup, a graduate of the University of Texas, and currently enrolled at UNCA in The Great Smokies Writing Program, has written three novels, award winning short stories. She is a workshop junkie and a research addict who prefers following clues to actually writing. Five years at United Artists and thirty-three years in the defense industry failed to rehabilitate her. Now she lives in Canton, NC feeds her habit with daily doses of words.

Evelyne Weeks is a writer of both poetry and prose. Her work has been published in The Hollins Critic, Appalachian Heritage, and Out of the Rough: Women’s Poems of Survival and Celebration. Today she lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she has taught English at Winthrop University since 1989.

Charles “Hawk” Weyant lives in Fayetteville, NC, where he has been a member of Writers Ink Guild for twenty-seven years. He read on Public Radio for ten years and his works have appeared in more than a dozen anthologies. A true imagist poet, his book An Odyssey In Broken Rhythms And Ragged Lines was nominated for a Pushcart Award.

Stella Ward Whitlock (widow of a Presbyterian minister, mother of four, grandmother of seven) is a writer, teacher, and traveler. She has camped in all forty-eight contiguous states, traveled in Alaska and Hawaii, and toured more than forty countries. Her stories, poems, and articles have been published in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies. Her chapbook Florida Heat was published in 2008. Stella currently lives in the Glenaire Retirement Community, Cary, NC.

Earl J Wilcox writes about teens, aging, baseball, and Southern culture. He has published more than four dozen political poems and several baseball poems. Many of his poems may also be found on his blog, Writing by Earl. Earl lives with his wife, their granddaughter, and their Sheltie (Lady) in Rock Hill, SC.

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 lives on an airstrip outside Winterville, NC. 

Barbara Ledford Wright is a frequent contributor to OMP including the latest anthology Words. Her essays are in the 2011 Clay and Cherokee County NC Sesquicentennial and Civil War souvenir editions. Besides other publication credits, her writing is included with 50 WNC Women Writers: Women’s Spaces Women’s Places anthology. She’s a native of Clay Co. and presently resides in Shelby, NC.


Joseph Youngblood lives in Fayetteville, NC with his family. He is a retired Navy Veteran and a Retired Army Counselor who writes for pleasure. His work has appeared in several previous OMP anthologies.


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