Southern Mist: A Poetry and Prose Anthology
ISBN: 978-1-884778-37-7
90 pages containing 70 authors. See bios below.
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Nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize
Old Mountain Press  has published a collection of poetry and short shorts by a 70 writers/poets.  The book's theme is anything relating celebrating Southern people, places, attitudes, and all things Southern.
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Southern Hospitality

Not a tangible thing, but an attitude which has been ingrained in Southerners forever. 

It's a feeling of being sincerely welcomed as a guest or a long lost friend, a way of life that lets people be as warm as the climate. 

It's an easiness in speech with total strangers or anyone, a unique friendliness encompassing the whole way of life in the deep South. 

It' not something one does; it's the way one is.

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About the book

This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country, celebrating Southern people, places, attitudes, and all things Southern.

About the Authors 


J.S. Absher lives in Durham, NC. His chapbook, The Burial of Anyce Shepherd, was published by Main Street Rag Press in 2006. The pome in this anthology, “Killing Time”, is from his new book, The Travels of John. To see more of his work, visit his web site at:

Sandra Ervin Adams poetry has appeared in previous Old Mountain Press anthologies. She served on the Student Contest Judges Committee for the NCPS for two years. Her first book of poetry was Union Point Park Poems, and her second will be Weymouth and Beyond. She will give a poetry workshop this year in Historic Downtown New Bern, NC at The First New Bern Literary Symposium. She resides in Jacksonville, NC.

Katherine Russell Barnes lives in Wilson, NC. She has had many poems published in literary journals and anthologies including Crucible, Pembroke Magazine, Wellspring, Here’s to the Land, Earth and Soul, Poets for Peace, Looking Back, and others. She has served on the boards of the NC Poetry Society and the Poetry Council of NC.

Frederick Bassetts poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poets (Ninety -Six Press, 2005), Apostrophe, Cairn, Passager, Poem, Slant, The Cape Rock, The Connecticut River Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume I: South Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2007), and Whatever Remembers Us: An Anthology of Alabama Poetry (Negative Capability Press, 2007). He lives at Hilton Head, SC, with his wife Peg.

Joann Bishop has been published in a book Tale Spinners in Canada. Her poems include “Birds Walking on Wire”, “Peacocks” and “Wildlife Preservation”. She enjoys writing about botanical gardens, historical sites and nature poems. She is in the processing of completing a nature book of poems with photographs she has taken herself. She currently lives in Jacksonville, NC.

Thomasa Bonners work has appeared in the poetry anthologies Looking Back and Night Whispers. She obtained her B.A. in Creative Writing from Methodist University in 2007. She currently resides in Fayetteville, NC.

Stuart Burroughs has been involved since childhood in visual art, poetry, and music. She has taught English and art, and her art hangs in many homes. A collection of her poems, Beyond the Hills, can be purchased on or from the Chapel Hill Press. Her poems have appeared in anthologies and other publications. Stuart lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she writes, paints, and plays piano for others.


Mary Margaret Carlisle is Sol Magazine’s Project Director, edits Ampersand Poetry Journal, volunteers for the American Red Cross, teaches poetry workshops, and is President of the Gulf Coast Poets. Her work is widely published in regional and national anthologies and journals. She lives in Webster, Texas and is a Councilor for the Poetry Society of Texas. Her father, Archer Blake Carlisle, was a published poet, as is her sister, Kiwi.

Jim Clark is the Elizabeth H. Jordan Chair of Southern Literature and Writer in Residence at Barton College. His most recent book is Notions: A Jim Clark Miscellany, and his second CD with his band The Near Myths, Words to Burn, has just been released. He lives in Wilson, NC, in the country with his dogs.

Ed Cockrell is a published poet residing in Chapel Hill where he occasionally attends Friday Noon Poets. He has served as the corresponding secretary for the North Carolina Poetry Society for many years, and is the current president of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, Inc.

Frank Craddock is a retired teacher and antiques dealer living in Lynchburg, VA. He is the VP for the Western Region of The Poetry Society of Virginia. Craddock has published two volumes of poetry, Day Avenue and Suffering Iraq. He is a graduate of The University of Virginia.

Russell Crews work has appeared in OMP’s Night Whispers and Sand, Sea and Sail. A collection of his poems The Wisdom of God Through Love and Romance can be purchased from Old Mountain Press. He is an advent tennis player, and enjoys smooth jazz and new age music. He lives in Orangeburg, South Carolina.


Patricia Daharsh traveled the south with her migrant parents. By age 15 she had moved 41 times. Her grandparents comfortable Florida home, with its large sleeping porches, provided continuity – adding a feeling of stability to her life. Now retired, Pats time is spent writing and editing her poetry and prose, and enjoying the creative works of other writers. Her work appears in the Old Mountain Press anthology Night Whispers. She lives in Pinellas Park, FL.

Phebe Davidsons most recent book of poems is Fat Moon Rising, released this year by Main Street Rag. She is a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review and Reviews Editor of Yemassee. She received both the Erica F. Wiest Poetry Award from Cream City Review and The Blue Earth Reviews flash fiction award in 2007. Self-described as a recovering academic, she lives in Westminster, SC with her husband Steve and their cat Fripp.

Polly Davis, Ed.D, is retired from the NC Community College System where she served as an English department chair and an administrator. Actively involved in the Cumberland County community, she serves as a trustee for the Cumberland County Library and Information Center and chairs its program committee. She is the editor of Daddy Pa’s Diary and is an avid reader and supporter of the arts in North Carolina. Polly lives in Fayetteville, NC.

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 Fayetteville, NC.


Terri Kirby Erickson, of Lewisville, NC, is the author of a book of poetry entitled, Thread Count. Her work has been published or accepted by Old Mountain Press, The Broad River Review, The Dead Mule, The Christian Science Monitor, Paris Voice, Thieves Jargon, Forsyth Woman, and the Hickory Women’s Resource Center’s anthology: Voices and Vision. Her work was also selected in 2006 and 2007 for an international juried poetry exhibit by the Northwest Cultural Council.


Sue Farlow is the current president of the North Carolina Poetry Society. She teaches Honors English 11, English 12, yearbook and journalism at Asheboro High School in Asheboro, NC. She has two grown sons and lives with her husband on a 55 acre farm in Climax, NC.

Linda Annas Ferguson is the author of four collections of poetry. Her most recent book is Bird Missing from One Shoulder (WordTech Editions, 2007). She was the 2005 Poetry Fellow for the SC Arts Commission and served as the 2003-04 Poet-in-Residence for the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. A North Carolina native, she now lives in Charleston, SC, and was recently elected to the SC Academy of Author’s Board of Governors.

Ann Fogelman is a writer of memories in prose and poetry. Her work has been published in anthologies, The Nobel Generation Volumn II, That Thing You Do, That Thing You Do, Too, Looking Back, Sand, Sea, and Sail and various school publications. She is a member of Bay Area Writers League, Gulf Coast Poets, The Poetry Society of Texas and The Arts Alliance Center in Clear Lake. Ann, currently lives in Friendswood, TX.

Dare Freeman Ford is a freelance writer with a background in education. Ford recently published Don’t Make Me Turn this Bus Around, a chronicle of her adventures as a teenage bus driver in Anson County, NC. Her work has appeared in several regional publications, including OMP’s Looking Back and Night Whispers. Ford, a native of Anson County, currently lives in Hendersonville, NC.


Tom Gluzinski has written poetry since he was a child and continues to write and publish today. His work covers many areas of interest and he uses several forms in his writing. This is his third effort for an Old Mountain anthology; De Oppresso Liber being the first, Night Whispers the second, and now Southern Mist. Tom lives in Lindenhurst, IL.

Marian Gowan, a graduate of Tufts University, discovered personal writing after retiring to Hendersonville, NC from western NY, following her thirty-year career in a large corporation. She contributed to American Patchwork, published by St. Martins Press in April 2007. Her work has also appeared in several regional publications, and in OMP’s Looking Back, Sand, Sea & Sail and Night Whispers.

Phyllis Jean Green of Chapel Hill, NC is a Southern transplant whose parents grew up in Arkansas. She and her husband Ray have long lived in what author Willie Prince rightly called The Southern Part of Heaven. The writing bug hit when Phyllis was 8. Her work began being published in 1986. She hopes to write until she drops.


Kerri Mai Habben lives in Raleigh, NC, where she works as a writer and a photographer. Her essays and poetry have appeared in literary journals and other publications. She is working on a novel, set in 1929 at a tuberculosis sanitarium.

Ken Hada’s poetry may be found in The Way of the Wind (Village Books Press)as well as in Oklahoma Today, Kansas City Voices, RE:AL, Crosstimbers, Westview, The Mid-America Poetry Review, among others. Ken is an Associate Professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

Kristina Hall, lives in Chelsea, MI, raised in Jacksonville, NC, work has also appeared in Night Whispers. She is a pastors wife with four beautiful children.

MaXine Carey Harker, 78, left Idaho for New Bern, NC in 1953. The shock of moving from sage brush country to a town surrounded by water brought out the writer in her. She has won a considerable amount of recognition for her nonfiction, fiction and poetry over the years. Ended up teaching Creative Writing at two Community Colleges (PCC, CCC) and still teaches at the Rec. Center in New Bern. Currently resides in Grifton, NC. 

JosephHaymore, a native of North Carolina, was raised in Harnett Co. where he graduated from Benhaven High School. He attended Texas Western College, the University of Maryland, Central Carolina Technical Institute, Fayetteville State University and Guilford University. He began writing poetry at the encouragement of his wife and mentor, Catherine Murphy. He has published three chapbooks and can currently be read in the Old Mountain Press anthology, Looking Back.

Maura High has lived in Carrboro, North Carolina, for almost 20 years. Much of what she has learned about the South comes from her experience as a volunteer for The Nature Conservancy, working in the forests and wetlands of this state, and as a mother, community activist, and freelance editor.


Jackie W. Jackson teaches writing and literature at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Her work has appeared in The Louisiana English Journal, The Jubilee Anthology, and Night Whispers. She serves as advisor to the NSU student magazine, Mosaic, as president of the Louisiana Council of Teachers of English, and as Chair of the annual Jambalaya Writers Conference

Jerry Judge is a social worker and lives in Cincinnati with his wife, three cats and a dog who walks him regularly. He has two sons. One is a firefighter in Dayton, Ohio and the other is a freshman at Ohio State U. Jerry is the author of four poetry chapbooks and has been published in several journals.


Debra Kaufman is a poet and playwright who lives in Mebane, N.C. She is author of Family of Strangers, Still Life Burning, and A Certain Light.

K. D. Kennedy, Jr. has published two books of poetry, Our Place In Time (2002) and Waiting Out In The Yard (2006). He has been published in the Barton College Crucible, In the Yard, a poetry anthology, and several other anthologies. He is presently writing short stories along with poetry, and is researching a novel when not gainfully employed or producing theater (Hot Summer Nights At The Kennedy)

Jo Koster teaches medieval literature and writing at Winthrop University. Recent work has appeared in the collections Night Whispers (Old Mountain Press) and A Cadence of Hooves (Yarroway Mountain Press). Her most recent chapbook, No Going Home, was published by Devils Millhopper Press. She and her cat Mishka live in comfortable chaos and in Rock Hill, SC.


Blanche L. Ledford lives in Hayesville, NC. Her work has appeared in Sand, Sea & Sails, Home for the Holidays, Moonshine and Blind Mules, and other publications. She’s an avid reader and member of many civic organizations.

Brenda Kay Ledford lives in Hayesville, NC, and holds a MA in Education from WCU. Her work has appeared in many publications including Sand, Sea, & Sails, Home for the Holidays, Asheville Poetry Review, Our State Magazine, and others journals. She won the 2007 Paul Green Multimedia Award from North Carolina Society of Historians for her poetry chapbook, Shew Bird Mountain.

Suzanne Baldwin Leitner, a Lincoln County native, currently lives in Cornelius, NC, and writes poetry, essays and fiction. She conducts poetry workshops for students in schools in her area, and has a B.A. from Appalachian State University and a J.D. from Wake Forest University’s School of Law. Her publishing credits include Main Street Rag, Crucible, Cairn, Bay Leaves, and others. She has published one chapbook, String Quilt, which was inspired by her Tennessee mammaw. 

Maria Lund lives in East Flat Rock, NC, with her family. A licensed professional counselor, Maria writes poetry about emotional and spiritual healing. She is currently publishing a book of healing art and poetry entitled, Secrets of the Dandelion and is working on a book of poems entitled, Mysteries of Love. Her work has previously been published in Different Kind of Parenting and in the Old Mountain Press anthology, Looking Back and Sand Sea & Sail.

Michael H. Lythgoe’s collection, BRASS, won the Kinloch Rivers contest in Charleston, SC, in 2006. His new poetry collection, HOLY WEEK, is available at Mike is a retired Air Force officer, with an MFA from Bennington College. He is a contributing editor for Windhover. He has poems forthcoming in Caribbean Writer. He lives in Aiken, SC.


Al Manning is a retired Naval Officer, and a retired Instructor in Microcomputer systems. He lives in Waynesville, NC, in the middle of the Great Smoky Mountains. Al is a newspaper columnist and author of the Curmudgeons Book of Nursery Rhymes.

David T. Manning is a California native living in Cary, NC A Pushcart nominee, his poems have appeared in various journals, five chapbooks and the full-length collection, The Flower Sermon, published by Main Street Rag in 2007. He was co-editor of Always on Friday (Katherine James Books, 2006), a collection of poems from the Friday Noon Poets of Chapel Hill, NC.

Stephen Miles has garnered many awards including the Sanskrit Award for outstanding achievement in literature, two first place poetry awards from Tar Heel Poets, the Thompson Theater Playwrights Award, the Cambridge University (UK) Stallis Poetry Award, the Crucible State Poetry Award, and a North Carolina Playwrights Readers Choice Award. He lives with a long-suffering wife and a crate of cats in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Paul C. Mitchell was born in Elizabeth City, NC and lives in Townville, SC. His poetry has appeared in Crucible, Bay Leaves, Pinesong, and several OMP anthologies. He has served on the board of the Poetry Council of NC. He is an artist, a craftsman, and a United Methodist minister.

Rebecca J. Mitchell was born in Wilson, NC and lives near Clemson, SC. She has served on the boards of the NC Poetry Society and the Poetry Council of NC. Her poems have been published in Tar River, Crucible, Kakalak, Pinesong, Line Drives, Weymouth, other anthologies and journals. 


Jerome Norris lives with his beautiful wife by a pond near New Bern, NC. He’s a reformed lawyer who now devotes full time to writing stories and poems. He’s quit his day job, but not because there’s any money in this writing racket.


Martha OQuinn is a native of NC. Her family stories and poetry reflect a true southern heritage. Her work has appeared in WNC-Woman, The Independent Weekly, and in three previous Old Mountain Press anthologies. She currently lives in Hendersonville, NC.


Margaret L. Parrish’spoems have appeared in Poets for Peace, the Lyricist, Bay Leaves, Mountain Time and other publications. She lives and works in Raleigh.

Patricia Podlipec taught first grade for twenty-seven years. After retirement, she and her husband relocated in Hendersonville, NC. Her work was published in Kakalak 2007, and in two previous OMP anthologies, Looking Back and Sand, Sea & Sail.

Michael Potts was born and reared near Smyrna, TN and is currently Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. His poems have been published in several literary journals and his poetry chapbook, From Field to Thicket, won the 2006 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award of the North Carolina Writers Network. He lives in Linden, NC.


Edwina Rooker grew up in Warrenton, NC, close to the Virginia border. She often traveled to Richmond with her family and continued that tradition with students when she taught English in Virginia Beach, VA. Today she writes poetry and her Warren Record column, Observations, beside the Neuse River in Bridgeton, NC.


Dr. Lynn Veach Sadlerof Sanford, North Carolina, is a former college president and has published widely in academics and creative writing. Editor, poet, fiction/creative nonfiction writer, and playwright, she has a full-length poetry collection forthcoming from RockWay Press. One story appears in Del Sol’s Best of 2004 Butler Prize Anthology; another won the 2006 Abroad Writers Contest/Fellowship.

Joanna Catherine Scott is the author of the novels The Road from Chapel Hill; Cassandra, Lost; The Lucky Gourd Shop; and Charlie; the nonfiction Indochina’s Refugees: Oral Histories from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam; and the poetry collections Breakfast at the Shangri-la; Fainting at the Uffizi; and Night Huntress. A graduate of the University of Adelaide and Duke University, she was born in England, raised in Australia, and now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Martha Sisk lives in Fayetteville, NC with her husband Tom and two cats, Taxie and Mollie. She teaches English for FTCC.

Sybil Austin Skakle grew up on Hatteras Island in a busy family with a brother and three sisters. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1949 and practiced pharmacy for 23 years in Durham, NC at Durham Regional Hospital. Since retirement, she has concentrated on writing, having a measure of success with poetry, Searchings in 2001, and prose, Confessions of an Outer Banks Filly,2003. Since 1958, she has lived in Chapel Hill, NC.

Warren Slesinger was awarded the South Carolina Poetry Fellowship in 2002. His “definitions” appear in The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, the South Carolina Review, and other magazines. He is a former university press editor, and teaches at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort.

Linda M. Smith has lived in Hayesville, NC since 1989. The lake and mountain town inspires her to write poems, essays and fiction. She will have a mystery manuscript finished this summer. Her work has appeared in Lights in The Mountains, Mountain Time, Sand, Sea and Sail, Looking Back, Night whispers and Freeing Jonah V

Susan Sonnen holds a BA in Psychology from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee. Ms. Sonnen lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her family and their sundry pets. Her poetry has appeared in Sand, Sea & Sail and New Mirage Quarterly.

Dorothea Spiegel lives in Hiawassee, GA. She belongs to North Carolina Writers Network/West and North Georgia Mountains Writers Club. Her poems have appeared in various newspapers and in previous Mountain Press anthologies, Lights in the Mountains, Atahita Journal three of the Freeing Jonah series and Spirit of Christmas.

Tonya Staufer has lived somewhere in the south her entire life. She has recently returned to writing and been rewarded by being published in A Long Story Short. Spirit of the Smokies and the anthologies Looking Back, Sand, Sea and Sail, and Night Whispers. Tonya and her husband of thirty-six years now call Flat Rock, NC home.

Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D., is an award-winning poet and writer who lives in Columbia, South Carolina. She teaches in university and community settings and is the author of Moon Days, We Heal from Memory, Ruin and hundreds of poems, essays and short stories on the themes of healing women’s bodies and spirits. She can be reached at

Dennis Ward Stiles grew up on a small farm in Illinois. He graduated from the USAF Academy in 1964, and spent 30 years in the Air Force as a pilot and military diplomat. Much of his military service was overseas. He has published widely in distinguished journals and anthologies, including previous works from The Old Mountain Press. Pudding House issued his fifth chapbook Humdinger in 2007.


Nancy Dew Taylors poems have appeared in The South Carolina Review, Kalliope, Appalachian Journal, Scribble, New England Watershed, Tar River Poetry, and in anthologies such as Mountain Time, Pinesong, and A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry. She lives in Greenville, SC.

Katherine Tracy and her husband Chuck Dellert make their home in Thibodaux, LA. where she teaches English at Nicholls State University. She recently edited Value, Belief and Experience in Women’s Jail Based Education by Alexandria Mageehon (Academica Press, 2008). Her poetry has been published in a number of anthologies, most recently, Night Whispers (Old Mountain Press, 2007).


Chris Vierck lives and writes in North Carolina. His work has appeared in several previous Old Mountain Press anthologies, as well as on-line and on Furious Flower (relief project for Katrina). 


Betty Watson has written poetry and short stories since college. Most recently she won a second prize in a short story contest, which was published in WNC Woman. She has won awards given by the Asheville Writers Workshop. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies Night Whispers and Sand, Sea and Sail. She moved from MA to Flat Rock, NC with her husband Doug in 1995.

Gail White lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana and is a certifiable Southerner. Her work appears in Light, Measure, Umbrella, Chimera, and other poetry venues. 

Charles “Hawk” Weyantlives in Fayetteville, NC. where he has been a member of Writers Ink Guild and a juror of the Fields Of Earth Poetry contest for twenty years. His work has been published in eleven anthologies and his first book, An Odyssey In Broken Rhythms And Ragged Lines (187 pages), was published in 2006. A true imagist poet, he read on Public Radio for ten years.

Glenda Sumner Wilkins grew up on a North Carolina tobacco farm, and daydreamed of faraway places. Decades later, she and her husband lived in both Luxembourg, and Geneva, Switzerland. Countries where published: USA; Canada; Spain: Luxembourg; Switzerland; Great Britain. She is a member of the NCPS and NCWN, and has won several poetry awards. Today, she resides in Winterville, NC, with her husband, and Bustopher, the cat about town. 

Barbara Ledford Wright was an Associate editor for Hometown Memories: Moonshine and Blind Mules and her story was printed in the anthology. She’s been published in the following: Home for the Holidays, Looking Back, Sand, Sea, & Sail, Readers are Leaders (Express Yourself 101 Vol.2), Muscadine: A Southern Journal, Night Whispers. Forthcoming stories in Conceit Magazine and The Poetry Expolsion (The Pen). She’s a teacher, presently living in Shelby, NC.

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