Old Times Not Forgotten: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Status: Closed out

  • Submissions accepted only via on line form (added to this page later). 
  • Submissions accepted from a former contributor or someone recommended by a former contributor.
  • Only one submission per poet/writer.
  • Poem may not exceed 38 lines (includes title author's name and a blank line prior to the poem) flash fiction should not exceed 325 words (bottom line is that the flash fiction must fit on a 5.5"x8.5" page)
  • NOTE: Contributors may purchase the book at a reduced rate upon publication.
  • Poems can be left, right, or center justified only. 
Old Mountain Press  will publish a collection of poetry by a number of poets.  Our goal is to gather enough quality poems and flash fiction for an estimated 50 to 90 page book with the theme to go with the cover (to your right):  Anything about memoirs from the past, the way things were, long forgotten things. Would like to have as many poets involved as possible.  Requirements are below. Authors receive publishing credit and retain all rights to their work but agree to the inclusion of their poem in this collection of poetry.
  • Author must have rights to the poem (previously published OK). 
  • Poem may not exceed 38 lines flash fiction may not exceed 325 words (this includes title, spaces, and author's name). 
  • Poetry lines that  exceed 55 letters and spaces will wrap and count as two lines.
  • Initially, only one poem/flash fiction per writer, so give it your best shot:-)
  • Sample title and first line below

Title of Poem/Flash Fiction
Author's Name

Begin poem/flash fiction

Number 40 in the OMP Anthology Series!
Front cover photo by Carolyn York.

Upcoming Anthologies

About the book

Anything about memoirs from the past, the way things were, nostalgia, long forgotten things as its theme.

Sample of the work:

Then and Now

      Robert Hewett Sr.


Some things never change for Old Thangs.

My dog, his name is Jack, is a semi-Old Thang.

I made up a song for him.

"What are we gonna do with a dog named Jack,

He runs away and then comes back,

He wants to fight big dogs, Coyotes and such.

He barks to share my bed but sheds too much."

I saw some pretty young thangs age 50 or so.

A long range plan for me is tomorrow.

A short range plan is the end of this sentence.

So it’s goodbye to young Thangs, old hobbies,

And hello to old things like failing eyesight.

Some things are still young, like dreams,

A smile on the face of a friend or stranger,

My tomato plans are doing just fine.

My dad’s observation on aging.

"Once a man twice a boy"

I will settle for that.

BOB HEWETT is 86 years of age and writes poems, short stories, humor and satire along with accounts of his father’s story telling skill. Hewett has been named poet of the month on three online writing groups and poet of the year on another. He has published 3 children books. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies. His website is roberthewettsr.hubpages.com

Jump out at 25,000 feet?

Tom Davis


BACK IN MY early days with the Army Special Forces I served in Bad Tolz, Germany. Here I commanded a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachute team. The problem. When the battalion Commander assigned me to the team, I wasn’t HALO qualified! So I had to attend a HALO course taught by my team.

     Shortly after I graduated from the course, a tasking came down through U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR), for the Group to provide Military Free Fall training for the Danish Jaegerkorps. I would be returning to Augsburg, Denmark, where I had participated in a large Unconventional Warfare exercise four years ago. Hey, it was a dirty job but . . .

     When we got to Augsburg and met our students, standing in the group was my old swim buddy, Preven Jorgensen. Preven and I had swum back and forth from one island to the other during a Flintlock exercise five years ago. Small world it was.

     We jumped from several different aircraft while conducting HALO training for the Danes. I particularly liked jumping from the old McDonnell Douglas C-47. However, most of our jumps occurred from an MC-130, a C-130 especially modified for Special Operations. Our highest jump was 25,500 feet, falling two minutes at 120 MPH before we pulled our ripcords.

     I can remember seeing my shadow racing up at me as I plunged through a thin cloud cover below. Weird. At the end of the course, the Danes awarded us their parachute badge, and we reciprocated by awarding them ours. We had recently conducted parachute operations with the Germans, and I had been awarded their parachute badge as well. I now had jump wings from four different foreign countries.

     By the time I retired, I had earned five foreign parachute badges and conducted well over 200 parachute jumps from twelve different aircraft! It was—the most fun I ever had with my clothes on!

Tom Davis’s publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observer’s Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, Special Warfare., and Winston-Salem Writers’ POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT program for May 2013 (poetry month). He’s authored the following books: The Life and Times of Rip Jackson; A children’s coloring book, Pickaberry Pig’s First Day of School, The Patrol Order; and an action adventure novel, The R-complex. Tom has completed his memoir, The Most Fun I ever Had With My Clothes: On A March from Private to Colonel. He lives in Webster, NC.


About the Authors 



JoAnna Arnold, an enthusiastic French and Spanish teacher, is a regular contributor to anthologies for Old Mountain Press. She earned a Master of French Studies from Auburn University and a Master of Education from UAB. She also holds certifications in Spanish, English, and ESOL.  When not teaching, she prefers to nurture her insatiable love for travel throughout Europe and Latin America. Arnold lives in Americus, Georgia, with her husband Bob and their three children.


Frederick W. Bassett found a new life in creative writing after retiring from academia. In addition to writing a few new poems this year, he has finished the third novel of a trilogy he started years ago. He will publish in one hard cover the second and third novel (Honey from and Lion and The Winter is Past) in January 2020 under the title A Time to Love Anew.


Marcie Behm-Bultz is a population scientist who bases her writing in human geography and exotic locations. Her literary work has been featured in multiple publications, including those of Old Mountain Press Anthologies, Borderlines, and the South Carolina Writer’s Association 2018 Petigru Review. She is a 2018/2019 Pushcart Prize nominee and resides near the Savannah River in S.C.


 Joann Bishop wrote this poem in honor of her grandfather as she was looking through the few pictures she had of her grandparents since they were camera shy.  She finished a collection of her critter and wildlife poems.  She is now the proud owner of six week old kittens who are very mischief in their new discoveries.  She hopes to find a home for four of them after they are fixed and get their shots when they are eight weeks old.  She is an avid reader especially mysteries.


Rachel Bronnum’s work has appeared in several Old Mountain Press Anthologies.  She  would be happy to show anyone interested the historic camp ground that was an impetus for her work. Old times are indeed not forgotten.  She lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia and Highlands, North Carolina.


Nancy H. Cody has written an article for Field Mules and Buttermilk Cornbread, The Historical Society Newsletter, newspapers, and poetry for special occasions, such as, birthdays, anniversaries and funerals. This is Nancy's eleventh submission to Old Mountain Press Poetry and Prose Anthology Books. Nancy stays busy with her grandchildren and attending their events and activities. She and her husband reside in Hayesville, NC.


Vicki Collins teaches English at the University of South Carolina Aiken, where she is the Director of the Writing Center. Her poetry and prose appear in Kakalak, MoonShine Review, Windhover, Carolina Woman, Amarillo Bay, and many Old Mountain Press anthologies. Her book, The Silent Appalachian: Wordless Mountaineers in Fiction, Film, and Television was published in 2017 by McFarland.



Phebe Davidson is a contributing editor at Tar River Poetry and a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review. She has been nominated six times for a Push Cart Prize and holds a number of national poetry awards, among them the Kinloch Rivers, Amelia, Soundpost Press and Ledge Press manuscript prizes. Her most recent book, What Holds Him to this World holds the 2014 South Carolina Poetry Archives prize.


Tom Davis’s publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observer’s Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, Special Warfare., and Winston-Salem Writers’ POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT program for May 2013 (poetry month). He’s authored the following books: The Life and Times of Rip Jackson; A children’s coloring book, Pickaberry Pig’s First Day of School, The Patrol Order; and an action adventure novel, The R-complex. Tom has completed his memoir, The Most Fun I ever Had With My Clothes: On A March from Private to Colonel. He lives in Webster, NC.


Nancy Dillingham is the author of twelve books of poetry and short fiction and co-editor of four anthologies of women’s writing.  Her poetry collection, Home, was nominated for a SIBA award. Her latest book is Like Headlines:  New and Selected Poems from Red Dirt Press.  Her chapbook Revelation is forthcoming from Kelsay Books.  Nancy is a sixth-generation Dillingham from Big Ivy in WNC.  She lives in Asheville, NC.


Dena M. Ferrari is a regular contributor to OMP. Dena’s poetry is featured in Westchester Community College of NY Phoenix (1975), Writers Alliance Poets World-Wide  anthologies has many of her published works. Dena's own books, Poems From the Hearth (2010) Come Closer My Dearies (2013), Charmed Times Three (2015), and her newest book Wyld Earth Magick (2018) shows diversified writing styles, leaving a Living Legacy for her grandchildren. She and her husband, Peter live in Vass, NC.


Peggy Dugan French is a California girl with Minnesota roots. She has been the editor of the small print zine Shemom since 1997.  Her work has appeared in Lilliput, bear creek haiku, Shemom and Whispers.  She has worn many hats over the years, but raising her children has been one of her greatest pleasures. Peggy lives in Cardiff, CA, with her husband, cat and wild garden and blogs at:



James Gibson, Northville, Michigan, featured Native American culture in the five novels in his “Anasazi Quest” series. His eighth novel,  To Live or Die in Taiwan, was published in February, 2018. Review all his books at www.PentacleSPresS.com .  Anasazi Princess and Anasazi Journey are now available as E-Books 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.



Farley Granger thinks more than he writes, and he writes more than he sees other people. He grew up in a depressed country town and understands the struggles of poor, heartland folks. But he has a lot of hope. Farley lives in La Grange, NC.


Kerri Mai Habben is a writer in Raleigh, NC. She is a graduate of Peace College and North Carolina State University. Her work has been included in the News and Observer and regularly appears in publications throughout the United States and Canada. She enjoys writing fiction and creative nonfiction in addition to her love of poetry.


Cordelia Hanemann is currently a practicing writer and artist in Raleigh, NC. She has published in numerous journals including Turtle Island Quarterly, Connecticut River Review, Glassworks Magazine, and Laurel Review; anthologies, The Well-Versed Reader, Heron Clan VI and Kakalak 2018 and in her own chapbook, Through a Glass Darkly. Her poem, “photo-op” was a finalist in the Poems of Resistance competition at Sable Press and her poem “Cezanne's Apples” was nominated for a Pushcart. Recently the featured poet for Negative Capability Press and The Alexandria Quarterly, she is now working on a first novel, about her roots in Cajun Louisiana.


SFC Joe Haymore is a member of the Writers’ Ink Guild of Fayetteville, NC.  His poetry and prose has appeared in several of the Old Mountain Press anthologies.  He resides at Phoenix Nest, a home on the property mentioned in his story.  The story is true


Bob Hewett is 86 years of age and writes poems, short stories, humor and satire along with accounts of his father’s story telling skill. Hewett has been named poet of the month on three online writing groups and poet of the year on another. He has published 3 children books. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies. His website is:



K. D. Kennedy, Jr. has published Eight Books (8) books of poetry, short stories, and essays: Our Place On Time, Waiting Out In The Yard, For Rhyme Or Reason, Progenitors: A Kennedy Genealogy, The Works Of K. D. Kennedy, Jr., Poems Worth Remembering, Family...Forever’s Lovesong, and Truth Instead. He has also published works in over forty anthologies and periodicals.


Jo Koster teaches literature and writing at Winthrop University. She and her cats Max and April live in Rock Hill, SC, where she is a recovering academic administrator now finding more time to write.

She was recently named to the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Her newest chapbook Nine Days’ Wonder will appear in 2020.



Cindy Larson, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, lived with her husband, Jerry, in Connecticut for 33 years. They found Glassy Mountain, Landrum, South Carolina, to be their favorite location

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


Blanche L. Ledford is a native of Clay County, NC. Her work has appeared in many journals and Old Mountain Press anthologies. She received the Paul Green Award from NC Society of Historians for her book, Planting by the Signs. She enjoys writing, reading and telling stories about the past.


Brenda Kay Ledford is a seventh-generational native of Clay County, NC. Her work has appeared in many journals including 40 Old Mountain Press anthologies. She received the 2019 Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award for the fields of education and writing.


Celia Hooper Miles is a Jackson County native who lives, edits, writes and travels from Asheville, NC. Old grist mills and Neolithic sites are her passion and her fiction reflects both.Her nine novels and two short story collections are available in independent regional bookstores, on line and on Kindle and(Mattie’s Girl and Sarranda) on Audible Books. Sarranda’s Legacy, completing the Sarranda series set in Jackson County, came out in 2018. www.celiamiles.com


Mona Miracle, born in a Kentucky mountain valley, has lived in California, Michigan, Florida; and for thirty years, Asheville, N.C. Mona was a featured presenter at South Florida Poetry Society, and a four-category winner in Florida Freelance Writers Annual Competition. Readers can sample her publications, including the novel Wesley’s Gift at Monaraemiracle.com; Amazon provides her e-books and print formats. Currently developing a non-fiction book, she is researching technology and attitudes for successful aging.


Beverly Ohler has been involved in many phases of the arts all of her life. Growing up and studying in the Northeast, she has spent most of her life teaching and designing in the theater at Warren Wilson College.  She has written and published five books, and edited others. Her short stories appear in magazines and anthologies, including 20 issues of this one.  She loves living in Black Mountain with her dog, Callie.


Karen O’Leary is a writer and editor from West Fargo, ND. She has published poetry, short stories, and articles in a variety of venues including, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, bear creek haiku, Shemom, Creative Inspirations and NeverEnding Story. She edited an international online journal called Whispers for 5 ½ years. She enjoys sharing the gift of words.  http://whispersinthewind333.blogspot.com


Penny Olson and her husband live in Weaverville, N.C. with two dogs, an elderly Dachshund, and a Variety pup. Gathering atmospheric details for Penny’s novel in progress, all four recently researched Savannah, Georgia. Penny is conjuring devices for writing characters into a supernatural murder mystery, which made it imperative to photograph Savannah’s historic squares as well as legendary graveyards. As often as possible, the family enjoys beachcombing on Florida’s gulf coast their son’s family.


Martha O’Quinn is a regular contributor to OMP anthologies, and, after living in Hendersonville, NC for almost twenty-two years moved to Loganville, GA to be near children, grands and great-grands. Southern through and through, in addition to OMP anthologies, her poetry and prose have appeared in a number of anthologies, including four edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham; WNC Women, and on-line publications.


Michael Potts, a philosophy professor at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, has two poetry anthologies, three novels, two short stories, and two essays published as well as a nonfiction book of enjoyable exercises in philosophy.


Mary Ricketson, Murphy NC, nature lover and mental health counselor, has poetry in Wild Goose Poetry Review, Future Cycle Press, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Lights in the Mountains, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, Red Fox Run, It’s All Relative, Old Mountain Press, Whispers, Voices, chapbook I Hear the River Call my Name, full length collections: Hanging Dog Creek, and Shade and Shelter.  Her new book, Mississippi: The Story of Luke and Marian, is forthcoming, 2019.


Dwight Roth is a retired elementary school teacher, 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, several books of poetry, and three children’s books. He has nine books or booklets on Amazon Kindle. Dwight and his wife Ruth live near Monroe, NC. He writes daily on his blog: https://rothpoetry.wordpress.com 


Maria Rouphail, PhD, is Emerita Senior Lecturer from NCSU’s English Department. She is the author of two poetry collections, and has been widely published. In 2019, she won Second Prize in the Nazim Hikment International Poetry Competition. Dr. Rouphail lives in Raleigh, NC.


Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler, of Burlington, NC, a former college president and a Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet 2013-2015, has published 5+ academic books and 72 articles, edited 22 books and 3 national journals, and written 3 newspaper columns (1 now). Her creative writing publications include 11 poetry chapbooks and 5 full-length collections, 125+ short stories, 4 novels, a novella, 5 short story collections, and 2 nonfiction collections. Volume II (of 41 plays) was recently published.


Rishan Singh was born in the Republic of South Africa, Rishan Singh has participate in two editions of the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Awards competition by Jacana Media, a annual competition in the memory of Solomon  Tshekisho Plaatje. He was a finalist at the 2014 eThekwini Municipality Library Awards, hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Parks, Leisure and Recreation. He was also a nominee of the Golden Key International Honour Society in 2006, prior to his appointment in 2008. His poems address many burning issues, and have been published and anthologised internationally.


Dr. David Snyder is a hospital dentist. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Davidson College. He earned his DDS degree and completed his General Dentistry Residency at UNC-CH. His most recent action adventure novel, Life and Death on the Front Nine, is soon to be published by Martin Sisters Publishing under their Christian Fiction imprint. He also authored a previous novel, The Price of Innocence. He lives in Asheville with his wife, Linda.


Shelby Stephenson served as editor of Pembroke Magazine for 32 years. His recent book of poems is Nin’s Poem (St. Andrews University Press). He lives at 985 Sanders Road, Benson, NC 27504.


Elaina Sarah Stone’s publishing history includes poetry in Shemom, The Jewish Press, and Mountain Places.  Her professional works, involving children with Autism and literacy needs, have been published in Building Blocks magazine.  Ms. Stone obtained a B.S. in elementary and special education from Fredonia State University and recently received her M.S. in Reading & Literacy from SUNY Geneseo.  She lives in Pittsford, NY.


Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & soft-cover book anthologies. Collections of her personal items/photos/memorabilia are in major museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian. The Smithsonian selected her photo to represent all teens from the 1940's-50's.


Barbara Tate is an award winning artist and writer and is a member of the Haiku Society of America, the British Haiku Society and Haiku Canada.  Her work has been published in Storyteller, Santa Fe Literary Review, Modern Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online, Presence, Blithe Spirit, Wales Haiku Journal, NeverEnding Story, Akitsu, and Hedgerow, among others.  Her work has also appeared in several anthologies including the last 10 anthologies at Old Mountain Press.  Barbara currently resides in Winchester, TN.


Barbara Ledford Wright’s work is now in 35 Old Mountain Press anthologies. Some others: Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Express Yourself vol. 1 and 2, For Your Eyes Only, Kaleidoscope, Fireflies and June Bugs, Yesterdays Magazette, Carolina Country, Field Mules and Buttermilk Cornbread, Guideposts: Angels on Earth, Five Brothers in the Civil War, three Western N. C. Women anthologies, Clay Co. Heritage Book I and II, and 150th Special Edition of Clay Co., NC, forthcoming Pancakes in Heaven. Barbara resides in Shelby, NC.

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