|Old Times Not Forgotten: A Poetry and Prose Anthology
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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.
Penny L. Arrowood is a mixed media artist, book binder, and nascent poet living just outside of Fayetteville, NC. Her work often focuses on the beauties of nature and memories of a life spent enjoying them. She was previously featured in the Tis the Season anthology from Old Mountain Press. New works are routinely offered at various Open Mic events in her area, with special gratitude for the crowd at The Coffee Scene.
Sam Barbee’s poems appeared in Poetry South, The NC Literary Review, Crucible, Asheville Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina; plus on-line journals Vox Poetica, Sky Island Journal, and Courtland Review. His second 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. Sam Lives in Winston-Salem, NC
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.
Jenny Bates is a poet from the foothills of North Carolina and a member of Winston-Salem Writers. and the NC Poetry Society. She has two published books, Opening Doors: an equilog of poetry about Donkeys (Lulu Publishing, Raleigh, NC); and Coyote with Coffee (Catbird on the Yadkin Press, Tobaccoville, NC). Her work has been published in Flying South and Wild Goose Poetry Review. She is a consecutive contributing poet in Poetry in Plain Sight and in 2017 she was a top 10 Finalist in the Press 53 Single Poem Contest. In 2019 her poem "Fame Looks Both Ways" was included in the Walt Whitman Bicentennial Celebration for publication in Poets to Come. Her new manuscript entitled, Visitations is due for publication in summer of 2019 (Hermit Feathers Press).
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.
Steve Cushman has published three novels and his full length poetry collection How Birds Fly is the winner of the 2018 Lena Shull Book Award. Cushman lives in Greensboro, NC.
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.
Peter Dome is a published author, poet and songwriter. Living in Sheffield/Nottingham England. Been in over 50 books. loves nature animals and writing. limes to inspire and influence others.
Beth Dragon is an interfaith minister, who earned some of her inconsequential fortune writing commercial non-fiction and light poetry. Dr. Dragon has won a few small poetry contests and had her poems published in previous OMP anthologies. She does a bit of grief counseling and is a rebel even at her advanced age. Beth keeps coming back to Greenville, SC so figures it must be home.
Terri Kirby Erickson, a North Carolina native, is the author of five collections of award-winning poetry. Her work has appeared in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Plainsongs, Poet’s Market, The Christian Century, The Sun, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Writer’s Almanac, and many others. Awards include the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, Atlanta Review Publication Award, and a Nautilus Silver Book Award. She lives in Pfafftown.
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.
Ann Fogelman, was born in Reading, PA. She is a writer of memories in prose and poetry. Her work has been published in anthologies, The Nobel Generation Volume II, That Thing You Do, That Thing You Do Too, Looking Back and various school publications. She is a member of Bay Area Writers League, The Poetry Society of Texas, Gulf Coast Poets, and The Arts Alliance Center in Clear Lake. Ann, currently lives in Friendswood, TX.
Joanne Kennedy Frazer is a retired peace and justice director and educator for faith-based organizations. Penning life’s passions into poetry is the delight of her silvering years. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, on-line zines and magazines. Five of her poems have been turned into a song cycle, titled Resistance, by composer Steven Luksan, and performed in Seattle and Durham. Her chapbook Being Kin was published in June 2019. She lives in Durham, NC.
Lynda Fredsell enjoys writing personal essays for Old Mountain Press and OLLI quarterly journals. She is presently compiling a memoir for her grandchildren. When not writing, Lynda enjoys attending OLLI classes at Furman University, playing chess, volunteering in her church and community, and cat-sitting for her sons in Charleston and Atlanta. Lynda lives in Greenville, SC, with a yard full of birds and white squirrels.
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:
Michael Gaspeny, who lives in Greensboro, NC, is the author of the chapbooks Re-Write Men and Vocation. A third chapbook, The Tyranny of Questions, is forthcoming from Unicorn Press. A novel in verse, it dramatizes the saga of a suburban mom fighting her demons in the 1960s. Gaspeny, winner of the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, has also received the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence in recognition of his hospice service.
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.
Karen Hammond has been writing for her children and grandchildren for years. This story is from her yet to be published book, Birdie Told Me, a collection of stories of living on Roanoke Island, NC. Karen lives in Falls Church, VA, with her husband David.
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:
Arnie Johanson is a retired philosophy professor from Minnesota who now splits his time between Minneapolis, MN, and Durham, NC. He started writing poetry on his retirement and has been at it for twenty years. He has published poems in a variety of journals and anthologies and has three chapbooks, the most recent being A Trunkload of Ephemera, Finishing Line Press.
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.
Nita Hallford Killebrew stays inspired by the life lessons handed down from her father who courageously dealt with the aftermath of having had polio as a child. She thanks OMP for the opportunity to share a tribute to her dad here in this anthology. From her home in Lilburn, GA, Nita paints, writes, and celebrates the ability to walk every day with her dear husband.
Jo Koster teaches literature and writing at Winthrop University. She and her cats Max and Lilah 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.
L.R Kirby is from Yorkshire in England, he is an as of yet unpublished writer, with a great love for writing he has tales to tell. He puts pen to paper and hopes it’s received well. He has written few fictions and many a poem, he can be a good read... Once you get to know him.
Patsy Kennedy Lain resides in Hubert, North Carolina, and relies on past memories, family stories and travels to inspire her work. Patsy expresses her passions through writing and painting. She has works published in many anthologies, several magazines, and a local paper. Patsy continues to receive awards for her works at Literary and Visual Arts programs through county senior games every year.
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.
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 30 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 four demanding cats in a small book-stuffed house in Falls Church, VA.
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.
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.
Carol Passmore attended UNC-G, married and had three children, all born in Boulder, CO. In 1980 the family moved to Durham, NC where Carol worked at the reference desk of the Durham County Library. Since retirement she enjoys reading, gardening, yoga and writing poetry. She contributed to and co-edited a book of Quaker children's stories which was translated into Russian.
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.
Mary Robson has written poetry for years , and has been inspired by her friend to let other poets see her work . Mary is from South Yorkshire, England.
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:
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 Hikmet 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.
Judy Lewis Shackleford grew up in Atlanta and wrote a weekly column for the Atlanta Journal before moving to N.C. where she wrote about dogs for the Fayetteville Observer. Her interest in dogs led her to a career of instructing people and dogs in the art of understanding dog behavior through obedience training. Being a romantic has led her writing to encompass love in all it’s aspects.
Paul Sherman is the curator of a small library of poetry in the Laurel cabin of an artist’s retreat in the mountains of North Carolina. Sometimes he reads his own work to the folks that come to visit the Blue Ridge. He currently awaits the invasion of the red eft.
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.
Rebekah Timms lives in Greenwood, SC with her cat. She has revived her interest in playing the piano and has recently appeared in several piano recitals. She has published a memoir and a collection of poems and is now working on a collection of poems, prose and short stories. She, along with fellow OMP contributor Frederick Bassett, is a member of the Greenwood Literary Salon.
Elizabeth B. Watson (aka Betty) recalls great memories growing up a preacher’s kid. Respecting confidentiality, some tales she shouldn’t share, even though the human subjects have gone on. Often, weddings and funerals can make humorous topics to write about. Betty’s stories and poems appear in anthologies including publications by Old Mountain Press. Forever a P.K, she also celebrates being a wife, mother and grandmother. Migrating from the northeast, she’s comfortable in Greenville, SC with her husband.
Glenda S. Wilkins grew up on a North Carolina tobacco farm, and believed she’d never live beyond the county line. Decades later, she moved with her husband to Europe for a dozen years. Her poems have been published in Europe, Great Britain, & North America. Thus far, she appreciates several poetry awards. She lives on an air strip, Winterville, NC.
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.
Erin Yates grew up in Greenwood, SC, and graduated from Clemson University. After an early career in banking and several moves, she and her husband settled and raised three boys in Charlotte, NC. Erin enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, as well as travel, live music, food, family and friends. Journaling, writing, reading, and sharing stories have always been part of Erin’s life.
C. Pleasants York of Sanford, NC, and her brother, Frank Stearns, rode the big yellow school bus to Old Town School, high on a hill in Winston-Salem with its view of Pilot Mountain. It was there that Carolyn Pleasants learned to love school—the writing contests, the book fairs, the Hallowe’en carnivals and most of all one science fair where she won second prize for fried marbles—and then someone stole her red ribbon!
Joseph Youngblood Lives in Fayetteville, NC, with his family. He writes for pleasure and his work has appeared in several previous anthologies.
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