|Old Tales: A Poetry and Prose Anthology
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An old garage filled with memories. Located at the end of North River Rd., Sylva, NC.
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Joan Barasovska lives
in Chapel Hill, NC. She co-hosts a poetry series at Flyleaf Books and
serves on the Board of the North Carolina Poetry Society. Joan’s poems
have appeared in Kakalak, San Pedro River Review, Madness Muse Press,
Red Fez, Speckled Trout Review, and Main Street Rag. Birthing
Age (Finishing Line Press, 2018) is her first book of poetry. In 2020
Joan was nominated for both Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize.
has a new collection, Uncommon Book of Prayer (2021, Main Street
Rag). His previous poetry
collection, That Rain We Needed (2016, Press 53), was a nominee for
the Roanoke-Chowan Award as one of North Carolina’s best poetry
collections of 2016. He
received the 59th Poet Laureate Award from the North Carolina Poetry
Society for his poem “The Blood Watch”; and is a Pushcart nominee.
was born in Zebulon, NC and loved to write from an early age. She
graduated from Wakelon high school at 16 and from Duke University at 20.
She wrote her college senior paper, thoughtfully, about the strengths and
weaknesses of Mormonism. A longtime moderate Democrat, she registered as a
Republican two decades ago because she realized the country was becoming
too lax, too liberal, and was not valuing daily work. She hopes for the
return of the principles and values our country was built upon.
Frederick W. Bassett is a retired academic who lives near son Jonathan and his family in
Greenwood SC. His poems have appeared widely in anthologies and journals,
Zone 3, Mudfish, Slant, Yemassee, Illuminations, Poem, Pembroke Magazine,
Passager, The Cape Rock, and Timberline
Review. His latest collection of poems is The Old Stoic Faces the
Mirror, Revised and Expanded, 2019. He also has two novels, South
Wind Rising and Honey from a Lion.
Marcie Behm-Bultz is a population scientist and demographer whose writing is based in
human geography and exotic locations. Marcie’s literary work has been
featured in publications such as the BorderLines Anthology,
multiple Old Mountain Press anthologies, The Deadly Writers Patrol
Anthology, the Catfish Stew annual magazine, and the SC
Writer’s Association Petigru Review. She is a 2018/2019 Pushcart
Prize nominee and a member of the CSRA/Savannah River Poets.
She resides in Vienna, Austria.
Kerri Habben Bosman is a writer in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a graduate of Peace College and
North Carolina State University. Her work has been included in the News
and Observer and regularly appears in publications throughout the US
Harry Brown holds
degrees in English from Davidson College, Appalachian State University,
and Ohio University; and taught English at Eastern Kentucky University for
over forty years. He has
published six poetry collections and co-edited an anthology of Kentucky
writing. His two latest
collections are Felt Along the Blood:
New and Selected Poems and In Some Households the King Is
Soul (Wind Publications). Harry
lives with his wife Alice in Burlington, NC.
was born into a poor family, but was given a chance by a blind neighbor
lady. Annie was an average student until she found that she could express
through writing. She moved up the business ladder from stock girl to
marketing vice-president as her skills were discovered. She enjoys
everyday and all her gentleman callers who bring her presents.
Kenneth Chamlee (Mills
River, NC) is Professor of English Emeritus at Brevard College. He has two
prize-winning chapbooks, Absolute Faith and Logic of the Lost,
and his poems have appeared in The North Carolina Literary Review, Cold
Mountain Review, Ekphrasis,
and many others. He regularly
teaches in the Great Smokies Writing Program.
is a writer living in Greensboro, NC.
He has published three novels and a poetry collection, How Birds
Fly, winner of the Lena Shull Book Award.
When not writing, Steve can be found chaperoning a bunch of Boy
Scouts around the North Carolina mountains or chasing Lili, his pit bull
mix, up and down the streets of Westerwood.
retired from Fayetteville Technical Community College where she chaired
the English Department and later served as Director of Research and
Planning. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from the
University of Georgia and doctorate from North Carolina State University.
Her memoir Stumbling Toward Enlightenment was published in 2015. Plants
and animals are her passion. She lives with husband Tom in Sylva, NC, and
wishes they’d gotten there years before. Polly’s submission is from
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 2013 & 2021. He’s
authored several books. Tom has completed his memoir, The Most Fun I
ever Had With My Clothes On A March from Private to Colonel. He lives
in Webster, NC. Tom’s submission is from his memoir.
Nancy Jo Dederer
grew up in the Sylvania, OH, and spent many summers at YMCA Storer Camps
in MI. She is a Presbyterian pastor currently serving a church in
Lexington, NC. While most of
her writing is for sermons, Nancy’s essay, Late Night Hosts, You’ve
Got Nothin’ on Us Pastors! is about pastoring during the pandemic
and was recently published in the Presbyterian Outlook magazine.
Nancy lives in Greensboro, NC.
is the author of four book-length collections of poems, including Other
Ladders, published in 2017 by Beech River Books. His poems have
received first place in competitions sponsored by the Poetry Society of
New Hampshire and the Burlington Writers Club. Bob’s poems have appeared
in over 150 periodicals including Cold Mountain Review and Louisville
Review. A retired school administrator, Bob resides in Wolfeboro, NH,
and Burlington, NC.
Nancy Dillingham’s latest works include Like Headlines: New and Selected Poems and
the chapbooks Revelation, I Can’t Breathe, and Vantages.
She lives in Asheville, NC.
work has appeared in Victoria Press and the anthology It’s All
Relative: Tales from the Tree from 50 WNC Women.
Sandra was the editor of Haywood Press at Haywood Community
College for five years. Sandra
lives in Asheville, NC.
Kathy Ellis was
often nagged by the universe to pick up the poetry pen. Decades later and
just seven years ago, Kathy listened to her internal whims.
To Kathy’s surprised delight, she received immediate success for
her wacky poetry and has published two books listed on Amazon. In
Kathy’s real life, she is an ESL language coach and a cross-cultural
communication trainer. Kathy is a Motown girl that resides in Atlanta with
her two multilingual cats.
Terri Kirby Erickson is the author of six collections of poetry, including A Sun Inside
My Chest (Press 53), winner of the 2021 International Book Award for
Poetry. Her work has appeared multiple times in “American Life in
Poetry,” and in The Sun, The Writer’s Almanac, Valparaiso
Poetry Review, and numerous other literary journals and anthologies.
Her awards include the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize and a Nautilus Silver Book
Award. She lives in Pfafftown, NC.
Decatur, GA, has had poetry readings in Philadelphia and in Teaneck, NJ,
as well as at Atlanta’s Callanwolde Arts Center and elsewhere in
Georgia. She has won the Byron Reece Award and the Chattahoochee Valley
Prize, as well has the Warren Prize from the Academy of American Poets in
NYC. Her work has appeared in many journals, and her collection, The
Rare, Persistent Light, was the winner of the Charles Dickson Chapbook
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 peggyduganfrench.com
Joanne Kennedy Frazer is a retired peace and justice director and educator for faith-based
organizations. Her poetry has
appeared in several anthologies, journals, ezines and magazines.
Her chapbook, Being Kin, was published in 2019.
Home is Durham, NC.
lives in Sylvester, GA. He is a practicing nurse practitioner with Phoebe
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and Urgent Care in Albany, GA. He has a
passion for the outdoors, and enjoys writing about his experiences there.
Michael Gaspeny is
the author of the novella in verse, The Tyranny of Questions
(Unicorn Press) and the chapbooks Re-Write Men and Vocation.
He has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. His novel about the
blues, Postcard from the Delta, is forthcoming from The University
of West Alabama’s Livingston Press. Residing in Greensboro, NC, he has
received the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence in recognition of
his hospice service.
private pilot, scuba diver, and retired corporate manager, writes from
Northville, Michigan. His first five novels featured Native American
culture in the epic “Anasazi Quest” series. His eighth novel, To
Live or Die in Taiwan was published in 2018, and a sequel, To Live
or Die in Panama is drafted. Review all his published books at www.PentacleSPresS.com
. Anasazi Princess and Anasazi Journey are now available in
Kindle format on Amazon.com.
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
Karen Hammond has
enjoyed writing family stories for her children and grandchildren for many
years. She lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband, David
Cordelia Hanemann is a writer and artist in Raleigh, NC. Her work has appeared in such
journals as Southwest Review, Atlanta Review, and Laurel Review;
anthologies, The Well-Versed Reader, Heron Clan and Kakalak
and in her chapbook. Select poems have won awards, and she has been
featured poet for Negative Capability Press and The Alexandria
Quarterly. A native of
Southwest Louisiana, she is now working on a novel about her roots in
Karen Luke Jackson draws upon oral history, contemplative practices, and nature for
inspiration. Her poetry collection The View Ever Changing (Kelsay
Books, 2021) explores a sense of place and family ties while GRIT (Finishing
Line Press, 2020) chronicles her sister’s life as an award-winning
clown. Karen resides in a cottage on a goat pasture in Flat Rock, NC. When
she’s not writing, she companions people on their spiritual journeys.
Jill Jennings’ work
has appeared in Atlanta Review, Oberon, Calamari, and Please See
Me journals. Her 3 full-length books include The Poetry Alarm
Clock, Dead Man’s Flower, and Pineapple Wine: Poems of
Maui. She has
received numerous awards including the U.S Congressional Commendation. A
GA native, she now lives in Fort Myers, FL.
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
Jo Koster teaches
medieval literature and critical thinking, reading, and writing at
Winthrop University. She and her cat Max live in Rock Hill, SC, where they
are riding out the world’s craziness on the screened porch and she is
finishing a new chapbook. She is a member of Board of Directors of the
South Carolina Academy of Authors.
Patsy Kennedy Lain continues to reside in Hubert, NC. She released her first book,
BACKROADS, in May, and painted her own cover. Her works are published in
multiple anthologies, magazines and a local newspaper. Patsy receives
awards annually for her work through the Onslow County Senior Center. She
also paints and is working on another poetry book. Patsy is truly inspired
by the past as well as her current surroundings and every day life.
a native of Fargo, North Dakota, lived with her husband, Jerry, in
southeastern Connecticut for 33 years. They built their retirement home on
Glassy Mountain, Landrum, South Carolina, and it was their favorite
location for 17 years. Currently
they are residents of The Woodlands, a senior living facility on the edge
of beautiful Furman University, Greenville, SC.
Brenda Kay Ledford is a seventh-generational native of Clay County, NC
Her work has appeared in 45 Old Mountain Press anthologies and
other publications. Her new
children’s picture book The Singing Convention, was released this
year by Catch the Spirit of Appalachian, Inc. She blogs at: http://blueridgepoet.blogspot.com
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 32 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 five
demanding cats in a small book-stuffed house in Falls Church, VA.
Valerie Macon’s publishing
credits include Kakalak, Whispers, Vision & Voice, Winston Salem
Writer’s Poetry in Plain Sight 2016 & 2018,
Red Clay Review, Visions International, Clockhouse Review,
Suburban Magazine. She
has authored the following books of poetry: Shelf Life, Sleeping Rough,
A String of Black Pearls, The Shape of Today, and soon to come, Page
Preston Martin has
published poems in New Ohio Review, Appalachian Review, Pine Mountain
Sand & Gravel and other journals. He has poems in Every River
on Earth: writings from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press) and
other anthologies. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.
is a life-long artist who has
recently begun exploring the written word as a new mode of expression. She
enjoys directing her creative energy into poetry that paints a picture of
family life and time enjoyed outdoors. Trude lives in Greensboro, NC.
a native of Jackson County, lives, edits, writes from Asheville, NC.
Retired from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, she has
written nine novels, co-edited four anthologies of WNC women’s work, and
co-written a college textbook. She is currently writing a fourth grist
mill mystery. www.celiamiles.com
Mona Miracle has
lived in Kentucky, California, Michigan, Tennessee, and Florida; and since
1989, Asheville, N.C.
Mona was a featured presenter at South Florida Poetry Society, and
a four-category winner in Florida Freelance Writers Annual Competition.
Enjoy sample pages of her publications, including the novel Wesley’s
Gift at Monaraemiracle.com. The
character Wesley deals with challenges of race, obsession with cats, and
modern technology, and a wife pressing for equality.
Amazon provides her ebook and print formats.
grew up in the Northeast, but spent most of her life on the campus of
Warren Wilson College, designing and
teaching in the Theater Department, creating and directing
festivals. She has written five books,
many published short stories in magazines and anthologies, including many
issues of this one. She lives in Black Mountain, NC.
is a regular contributor to OMP anthologies.
A native of North Carolina but
she has lived in five different southern states. Her longest residence was twenty plus years in Hendersonville
NC. In 2018 she and her husband moved to Loganville GA to be near family.
They have two children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
PETZwork has appeared in The New Verse News, Asheville Citizen Times,
Artists & Writer's Quarterly, and Status Hat. He teaches
poetry at The College for Seniors at UNC-Asheville. Bill lives in
lives in Brentwood, TN, where she is a professor at Lipscomb University.
She co-hosts Black Dog Poetry Open Mic (which has been virtual through the
pandemic.) She also writes and photographs for Music City Music
Magazine and blogs about reading at www.discriminatingreader.com
is Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North
Carolina. He has authored three novels and two poetry anthologies and has
numerous poems in literary magazines and anthologies. He lives with his
wife and seven cats in Coats, North Carolina.
Upon retirement, technical and marketing writing quickly
transitioned. They were
replaced by writing about boyhood memories, life impacting issues and
reflections about the life as an aging husband and grandfather. Regarded
as “real life” writing by his readers, Bill has published four books
and posts a weekly blog seen at www.authorbillramsey.com
Bill is a past board member of the NC Writer’s Network.
He has lived in Hendersonville, NC, since 1989.
Mary Ricketson lives
in Murphy NC, works as a mental health counselor and a blueberry farmer.
Her poems often reflect the healing power of nature, surrounding
mountains as midwife for her words. Her
published collections are I Hear the River Call My Name, Hanging Dog
Creek, Shade and Shelter, Mississippi: The Story of Luke and Marian,
Keeping in Place, and Lira, Poems of a woodland woman.
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 eight books of poetry and five
children’s books. Nine books or booklets are published on Amazon Kindle. Dwight
and his wife Ruth live near Monroe, NC. He writes daily on his blog:
Maria Rouphail, Ph.D., is the author of Apertures (Finishing Line Press, “New
Women’s Voices,” 2012), Second Skin (Mainstreet Rag, 2016), and
the forthcoming All the Way to China (Finishing Line Press, 2022).
She lives in Raleigh, NC.
Paul Sherman works
at Wildacres Retreat located in Little Switzerland, NC. He lives close by
on the slope of Mt. Mitchell over 3000 feet above sea level where black
bears come to sip gracefully from the hummingbird’s feeder. After
quitting the bears cold turkey they became irritable, ravaged the
Black-eyed Susans, destroyed the lawn ornament replica of themselves. And
the hummingbird’s feeder returned.
Mike Sierra is
originally from Long Island, NY. He moved to
Phoenix, AZ, where he pursued a career as a software engineer and
started a family. Twenty-five years later, that career took him to the
Pacific Northwest as an engineering/manufacturing manager. He is currently
retired, affording him time to write, and lives with his wife near
has played an instrumental role in recognizing upcoming talent in South
Africa. He is responsible for the establishment of the World Scholars Cup
at the Playhouse Theatre. He has contributed poems and science articles to
international journals and books. Much of his work has been published by
popular and scholastic press. In addition, he has been instrumental in the
development and transformation of the English language teaching curriculum
for learners in South Africa
Shelby Stephenson was poet laureate of NC from 2015-18. A recent book is Shelby’s
Lady: The Hog Poems. He was editor of the international literary
journal Pembroke Magazine for thirty-two years. He is a member of
the Society of Distinguished Alumni, Department of English, University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Shelby lives on Paul's Hill where he was born, ten
miles north of Benson, NC.
Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal
essays have been included in hard & softcover book anthologies.
Collections of her personal items/ photos/ memorabilia are in major
museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian. The
Smithsonian selected only her photo to represent all teens from the
1940's-50's. She lives in Pittsford, NY.
is an award winning artist and writer. Past President of the Tri-County
Society of Fine Art in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio she is a member of the British
Haiku Society, The Haiku Society of America and the Tanka Society of
America. Her work is widely published and she is a frequent contributor to
the Old Mountain Press Anthology Series. Barbara currently resides in
Tennessee and has a son Duane Booth, three grandchildren Justin (his wife
Jamie), Grandson Brandon, Granddaughter Kaitlin, and Great-Granddaughter
Aubriana in Ohio.
lives in Greenwood, SC, about fifteen miles from where she was born. She
has published a memoir and two books of poetry, one with audio disc
included. She began writing late in her retirement years and hopes that
her work will be an expression of her joy and gratitude for life,
especially for her family and friends and Old Mountain Press readers.
is familiar with old tales. Many of hers have been published by OMP and
other anthologies.(Thanks, Tom.) Squeezing a tale onto one page is
challenging, but fun. A side story to accompany the one printed in this
edition—we had the pleasure of an unplanned
private tour with author Cassandra King Conroy, Pat Conroy’s
charming widow, at The Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort. What a
treat. The Watson’s live a full life at The Woodlands at Furman in
GP Whelan is
a full time dreamer and a part-time wanderer. He lives in Southwest
Florida. He is the author of two self published books: In Search of a
Spanish Kiss a novel, and Tales of a Boy’s Heart, a
collection of poems and short stories. Both are available at Amazon Books.
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Barbara Ledford Wright’s
inspiration for writing comes from her research of her family history.
She’s a retired educator. Her stories have been published in almost all
of the the Old Mountain Press Anthology Series, as well as many other
publications. She presently resides in Shelby, NC.
C. Pleasants York of Sanford, NC, heard Lizzy Gossards’s story from Irma Landon, her husband’s grandmother, who had grown up in the Gossard Mansion and had modeled for Gossard Corsets. For years, York wore Lizzy Gossard’s silver Roses of Belvidere bracelet. When the bracelet disappeared, York began this selection, a memory of what was lost. Before the writing was completed, the bracelet appeared, discovered in a laundry basket. Lizzy would have loved the joke!