The Nature of Things: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

82 pages perfect bound 


 A collection of poetry and prose from 64 writers across the country.  The theme is nature.

About the Anthology
Authors' Bios

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About the book

This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country, with a theme relating to nature.
Sample of the work:
The Great Blue Heron
      Tom Davis

glides with wings six feet tip to tip
along the winding Tuckasegee
flairs and lights on the bank
among the mountain rhododendrons.
There he stands on stick legs
yellow tipped beak 
sleek blue-grey body
still as death
neck coiled snake-like
The cold water ripples
he strikes
bringing up supper
he stretches his neck
shakes his head
then swallows. 
The rainbow trout 
bulges in his neck.
He looks left 
then right
still as death
he stands
as life on the river
flows by.

TOM DAVIS’ 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 Webster, NC.
Unrelenting Resident
Barbara Ledford Wright

NATURE CAME TO our front door when I hung a beautiful wreath. I bought the silk flowers of mixed bee balm, pink and white pinwheel phlox, from the “Red Door” in Helen, Georgia. Multicolored dwarf day-lilies were also purchased to fill in the bare spots. 
       As I wired each flower to the grapevine base, I remembered the email Andy, our neighborhood watch leader, had sent. He wrote, “It’s that time of year when we look forward to getting outside.  We should watch because individuals are scouting our homes and property for their next theft.” 
       I spied my neighbors taking in their wreath each night.  When the rooster crowed, they sprinted down the country road break necking baby Emma in her stroller.  They re-hung their wreath when they finished running.
       Instead of bringing in our wreath each night, we switched on the porch light and hoped we’d sleep well. The policeman cautioned everyone at the neighborhood picnic to leave on night lights outside our homes. We took his advice. 
       But at midnight I heard a scratching on our front door.  I whispered, “Honey, did you hear that?” 
       My husband mumbled, “No, I didn’t hear a thing.  Go back to sleep.”
       During breakfast there was a soft knocking. I grabbed a baseball bat and swung open the door.  No one was there.  I assumed he hid in the shrubbery.   A flash of green and red whizzed over my head.  I ducked and thought I was being attacked.  I had to be brave and whack him where it’d hurt.
       A hummingbird zipped around the wreath like a helicopter. I peeked at a nest small as a ping pong ball and an egg the size of a pea. I was relieved that a mother hummer had taken up residence in my colorful wreath. I was ashamed that my imagination ran away; and in the future I’d not be so quick to draw conclusions.

 BARBARA LEDFORD WRIGHT is a frequent contributor to Old Mountain Press anthologies including I Wonder Why.  Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies.  When she's not writing stories about her family, she researches the family history and contributes them to the Find A Grave project. She grew up in Clay County, NC and has never forgotten her roots.  She presently resides in Shelby, NC.

About the Authors 

Sandra Ervin Adams has been published in literary journals and anthologies. Her chapbooks are: Union Point Park Poems and Through a Weymouth Window. In 2012 three of her poems appeared in Fields of Earth, Writers’ Ink Guild’s 30th Anniversary Poetry Anthology, after placing in their contest. Sandra lives near Jacksonville, NC.

JoAnna Arnold’s recent trip to Costa Rica inspired her included prose.Although she teaches high school French and Spanish, her heart is in her writing and in mission work in Haiti and Costa Rica. This is her second publication with Old Mountain Press.JoAnna lives in Americus, GA, with her husband and three children.


Katherine Russell Barnes lives in Wilson, NC. She’s had many poems published in literary magazines and anthologies, including Crucible, Pembroke Magazine, Wellspring, Here’s to the Land, Earth and Soul, and others. Her collection Treading Water was published by OMP in 2009. She’s served on the boards of The NC Poetry Society and The Poetry Council of NC.

Fred Bassett is a Biblical scholar, novelist, and award-winning poet. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and he has 4 books of poetry, His latest collection is The Old Stoic Faces the Mirror: A Life in Poems. Fred’s debut novel, South Wind Rising, was published by ATTM Press in 2010. Retired from the academic world, he lives with his wife Peg in Greenwood, South Carolina, near their grandchildren.

Jerry Bradley retired from the military after thirty years of service in August, 2008. He now has the opportunity to concentrate on his writing. He and his wife, Laura, raised three children, a daughter in the Army, a daughter married to Army, and a son in the Air Force. Jerry is the President of the Fayetteville Writers’ Ink Guild and he and his wife Laura are currently living 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, is described on and is available from the poet. 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, NC. He loves dogs, words, and music, and, in the summertime, tomatoes, and okra. A new album by his band The Near Myths is forthcoming in late 2012.

Sara Claytor is the author of three poetry books; fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and other publications. Active in the NC Poetry Society for years, she is currently coordinator of monthly poetry readings by NCPS members at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village near Chapel Hill, NC. Sara lives in Carrboro, NC.

Claudette Cohen’s work has appeared in Cream City, Lyric Poetry, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Squaw Valley, and Owen Wister Reviews, storySouth, Southern Anthology, and Mainstreet Rag, among others. It has also won awards. An alumna of Agnes Scott, UWYO, and UNCW, Cohen attended Squaw Valley on scholarship and was awarded a residency at Ucross. She lives in Carolina Beach, NC. One of her best friends is a bison in Sybille Canyon, Wyoming.

Vicki Collins lives in Graniteville, SC, and teaches English at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Her work has appeared in several Old Mountain Press anthologies, Kakalak, Windhover, Barbaric Yawp, and MoonShine Review. She longs to retire and return to her roots in Western North Carolina.

Michael Colonnese directs the Creative Writing program at Methodist University. He is the author of a novel, Sex and Death I Suppose, and a poetry collection, Temporary Agency

Russell Crews has worked as a physical educator in the Allendale School District for 15 years. Several pieces of his work have been featured in some of the OMP Poetry and Pose past additions. His hobbies include tennis, basketball, and writing short stories. He also enjoys jazz, new age, classical, gospel, and old school r&b music. Russell lives in Orangeburg, SC. 


Tom Davis’ 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, 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 Webster, NC.


Terri Kirby Erickson is a Lewisville, North Carolina poet and the author of three collections of poetry, including In the Palms of Angels (Press 53), which won a 2012 Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry and the Gold Medal for Poetry in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Life in Poetry, 2013 Poet’s Market, storySouth and many others, and has won numerous awards. Visit her website at


Dena M. Ferrari is a regular contributor to OMP. Dena’s poetry is featured in Westchester Community College of NY Phoenix (1975); placed several times in Fields of Earth, sponsored by the Writers’ Ink Guild; in Charles Weyant’s book, An Odyssey in Broken Rhythms and Ragged Lines (2006). Writers Alliance Poets World-Wide anthologies has many of her works. Dena’s own book, Poems From the Hearth (2010) shows diversified writing styles. She and her husband, Peter live in Vass, NC.

Ann Fogelman, a writer of memoirs in prose and poetry, has been published in The Noble Generation, That Thing You Do, Pets Across America, Boundless, I Wonder Why and other anthologies. She is a member of Bay Area Writers League, Gulf Coast Poets, Poetry Society of Texas, and Osher Lifelong Learning institute at UTMB, Galveston. Ann lives in Friendswood, TX.


James Gibson (Northville, Michigan) combined his love of the American West and his fascination with Native American culture to write the five novels of the Anasazi Quest series. He also wrote The Last Ride, a traditional western set outside Tucson, Arizona. All six novels are available at The Anasazi Quest series is also available through Old Mountain Press, and Barnes & Noble.

Henry Gillum was born and lived in eastern Kentucky until his death at the age of ninety in 1992. His unique observations of people and events and his thoughtful reflections on life are captured in his book, Mountain Musings. His sons, Ralph and BJ, attempt to continue this reflection on life in their writings. 

Marian Gowan is author of Notes from the Trunk, published by Old Mountain Press ( Her work has appeared in several regional publications and Old Mountain Press anthologies, as well as Christmas Presence, Clothes Lines and Women’s Spaces Women’s Places, edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham. She retired to the NC mountains from western NY in 2001.

Phyllis Jean Green writes for love within a stream of really, really enthusiastic Beat Dooks of UNC-Chapel Hill. When not writing or playing pickup-stix in the yard, she reads to her husband Ray and two yawning dogs. She would love it if you would drop by her web cave at

Robin Greene is Professor of English and Writing, and Director of the Writing Center at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She is also editor of Longleaf Press and the author of four books. 


Kerri Mai Habben lives in Raleigh, NC, where she is a writer, photographer, and local historian. A graduate of 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 collection of her essays.

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, now Rec Center in New Bern. MaXine is 83, her doctor tells her she is 65. 

Joseph Haymore is a frequent contributor to Old Mountain Press. In addition to seven OMP anthologies, he has published three chapbooks. A former pilot and skydiver, he has tried his hand at a variety of pursuits from gourmet cook to sports car racing. He likes to point out that his poetry is guided by his wife and mentor, Catherine Murphy Haymore.

Robert Hewett, Sr. resides in Louisville, KY with wife Martha. He writes in many genres, including for children. He has published 3 books. A book of story poems titled Down The Road We Came and a Novelette titled Thunderfoot about a Kentucky Thoroughbred. He plans to publish a two volume Old West Romance/Adventure story this summer. You can find him and some of his work on


JERRY JUDGE lives in Cincinnati, OH with his gorgeous wife, Michele, and two imperial felines and a dog, Luna, who walks him twice daily. He’s also the proud father of two grown sons, Nick and Devin. He’sthe author of seven poetry chapbooks and has had several poems and stories published in journals, online zines, and anthologies.


K.D. Kennedy Jr. has published three (3) books of poetry, short stories, and essays Our Place In Time, Waiting Out In The Yard, and For Rhyme Or Reason. He has published works in over twenty anthologies and periodicals. He has four (4) children who are (1) A Broadway Leading Lady (2) A President of a Corporation (3) A Real Estate Developer and (4) A Mother of four (4) grandchildren. He humbly gives thanks to his wife of 46 years, Sara Lynn.

Barbara H. Kenyon is a retired professional musician, a flutist, who is currently writing her memoirs in prose and poetry. She is Hillsborough’s poet laureate for 2012-2013, and this fall will teach a poetry writing class at the Carrboro Arts Center. Barbara lives in Hillsborough, NC.

Jo Koster teaches at Winthrop University, where she spends too much time on administrative duties and not enough on writing. Recent work has appeared in the collection Words (Old Mountain Press) and a new chapbook, Nine Days’ Wonder, should be out in late 2012. She and her cats Max and Neville live in comfortable chaos and in Rock Hill, SC.


Heather Lynn Keeley is currently attending her third year at Western Carolina University majoring in Middle Grades Education in English and Social Sciences. Heather Lynn is a Northern “transplant” moving to North Carolina five years ago. At a young age Heather Lynn discovered her passion of telling stories. When she entered high school, she finally introduced her pen to unused notebooks. You can find more of Heather Lynn’s work as HLKeeley on


Patsy Kennedy Lain lives in Hubert, NC, and has published works in several anthologies and magazines, The Lyricist and Aunt Chloe, including an online magazine, The Dead Mule, as well as a local newspaper.Patsy was honored as an Adult Student recipient of the 2009 Eastern North Carolin’s Gilbert-Chappel Distinguished Poets Series.She has been awarded several ribbons and gold medals in local Senior Games Literary Arts competitions, and maintains membership with the NC Poetry Society and local groups.

Blanche L. Ledford’s work has appeared in I Wonder Why, Remember When, Old Time Mountain Music, and other Old Mountain Press anthologies. She’s also been published in Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, Lights in the Mountains, and received first place in the Cherokee County Senior Games Silver Arts Contest for her story, Planting by the Signs. She won the Paul Green Award for co-authoring Simplicity. Blanche lives in Hayesville, NC, and enjoys gardening.

Brenda Kay Ledford lives in Hayesville, NC, and holds a MA in Education. Her work appeared in all of the Old Mountain Press anthologies, Asheville Poetry Review, Appalachian Heritage, Our State, and other publications. She received the Royce Ray Poetry Award and won first place in Writer’s Ink Fields of the Earth Poetry Contest. Brenda got the Paul Green Award for her three poetry chapbooks. Her blog is:

Mike Lythgoe is a retired Air Force officer with an MFA from Bennington College. He has work in Slant, Windhover, Sante Fe Review, and forthcoming in an anthology of war poems by military veterans. He recently visited Arizona and New Mexico again, with his wife, Louise. They live in Aiken, SC.


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/Lee Counties representative for the network. Al lives in Pittsboro.

David Treadway Manning lives with his wife Doris in Cary, NC and has work in various journals, seven chapbook, most recently Continents of Light (Finishing Line, 2010); and two full-length collections, The Flower Sermon (Main Street Rag, 2007) and Yodeling Fungus (Old Mountain Press, 2010).

Celia Miles, a retired community college instructor, lives and writes in Asheville, NC. She enjoys traveling, photographing old grist mills and neolithic sites, and editing. 


Jerome Norris is a retired lawyer who lives by the side of a pond near New Bern, NC with his gorgeous wife of fifty-two years. He is so old that his poetry still rhymes. 


Beverly Ohler’s life has been focused on the theater, teaching, designing, producing festivals, creating art in one form or another. Growing up in the Northeast, her adult life has primarily been spent on the campus of Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC, where she is a member of the Theater Department. She has written four books, is included in several anthologies, and once lived in CA, a time which inspired her included poem.

Martha O’Quinn, a North Carolina native, lives in Hendersonville, NC. Her non-fiction and poetry reflect a true southern heritage. Her work has appeared in a number of OMP anthologies, as well as regional publications and three anthologies edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham. Most recently her poetry won first place in the rhyming/metered category of Fields of Earth, Writers’ Ink Guild's 30th Anniversary Poetry Anthology.

Margaret L. Parrish’s poems have appeared in Mountain High, Poem, the Lyricist, Bay Leaves and other publications. She lives and works in Raleigh, NC.


Michael Potts was born and reared in Smyrna, Tennessee. He is now Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has several poems published in literary anthologies as well as a poetry chapbook. His novel, END OF SUMMER, was published in 2011 by WordCrafts Press.


JORDAN RHODES is pleased to have his work presented once again in The Old Mountain Press. An award winning professional actor and playwright, his credits include over 200 roles in film, television and on stage. He co-wrote the award winning film, PAPA “the man, the myth, the legend”, which was the filmed version of the critically acclaimed play. He is married to actress, singer, writer, Lynn Moore. Jordan lives in West End, NC

Edwina Rooker grew up in Warrenton, NC. She holds an AB in English from Duke University and a MSLS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught English or worked as a media specialist in Southern Pines, Virginia Beach, and Warrenton. She retired to Bridgeton, NC, on the Neuse River. Her newspaper column, Observations, appears in the Warren Record. Today she lives at The Courtyards at Berne Village in New Bern, NC. 


(Dr.) Lynn Veach Sadler, (former) college president, editor, poet, fiction/creative nonfiction writer, and playwright, is widely published in academics and creative writing. She has seven chapbooks (another in press) and four full-length collections published. One story appears in Del Sol’s Best of 2004 Butler Prize Anthology; a novel will soon join her novella and short-story collection. From Sanford, NC, she has traveled around the world five times and works full-time writing and editing.

Susan Sadowski is a retired psychologist who enjoys poetry, painting, boating, piano-playing, and gardening. A previous contributor to these anthologies, she lives in Aiken, SC, where she is mused by a fellow contributor to Old Mountain Press. Her thoughts on life: “Life is an adventure. Live it up.”

Heather Sapp, a wife, mother of two boys and coffee shop owner writes poetry for pleasure as well as for her sanity.Most of her poems relate to her family, and her life encounters, good and bad, happy or sad and sometimes just plain craziness. She is currently a member of the Fayetteville Writers’ Ink Guild and lives with her family in Raeford NC.

Marian Kaplun Shapiro is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988), a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (2007) and two chapbooks: Your Third Wish (2007); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (2007). Raised in a housing project in The Bronx, now a resident of Lexington, she is ever thrilled by nature. She is the four-time Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts.

Rishan Singh comes from the city of Durban which is located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and books in five different countries, making him internationally recognized. He has been awarded numerous accolades for his work.

Nancy Sollosi of Jamestown, North Carolina is a regular contributor to the Old Mountain Press anthologies.She is blessed to have been introduced to a culture that sees the benefit in something she once considered disgusting.Nancy looks forward to the day she is so lucky as to experience the ‘bird caca theory” firsthand, wondering if the superstition will still seem so enchanting?

Dorothea Spiegel lives in a forest home outside of Gainesboro, TN. She formerly lived in Hiawassee, GA, where she was an active member of North Carolina Network West and North Georgia Mountain Writers Club. She studied Creative Writing at Tri-County College and John Campbell Folk School in NC. She has written poems all her life. Her work has been published in several anthologies, and she recently won first prize for Religious and Inspirational Poetry in Fields of Earth, Writer’s Ink Guild’s 30th Anniversary Poetry contest. 

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.

Celisa Steele’s poetry has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Anglican Theological Review, The South Carolina Review, Broad River Review, Wild Goose Poetry Review, and others and won awards in contests judged by Cathy Smith Bowers, Matthew Dickman, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Emrys published her chapbook, How Language Is Lost, in 2011. Celisa lives in Carrboro, NC, the Paris of the Piedmont. To learn more, visit


Charles F. “Hawk” Weyant and his wife Johanna live in Fayetteville, NC, where he has been a member of Writers Ink Guild for nearly thirty years. He read on Public Radio for ten years and his work appears in more than twenty anthologies. His book An Odyssey In Broken Rhythms And Ragged Lines was nominated for a Pushcart Award. He is also decorated, battle scarred veteran of three tours in Vietnam. 

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 with her husband on an airstrip outside Winterville, NC. 

Charlotte Wolf’s participation in writing classes and critique groups has precipitated her short stories and poems appearing in several anthologies, most published locally. She has lived in Hendersonville, NC since moving in 1995 from Bucks County, PA. At east 200 azaleas, dogwood, laurel and rhododendron accompanied by wildflowers and mature trees grace her half acre yard, attracting sufficient variety of birds and small critters to provide constant fodder for writing

Barbara Ledford Wright is a frequent contributor to Old Mountain Press anthologies including I Wonder Why. Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies. When she’s not writing stories about her family, she researches the family history and contributes them to the Find A Grave project. She grew up in Clay County, NC and has never forgotten her roots. She presently resides in Shelby, NC.


Joseph Youngblood lives in Fayetteville, NC, with his family. Joe writes for pleasure and has contributed to several previous OMP Anthologies.

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