|Webster's Reading Room: A Poetry and Prose Anthology
86 pages containing 64 authors. See bios below. The theme is anything about reading, writing, or public speaking or spring.
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J. S. Absher has published three books of poetry, including Mouth
Work, winner of the 2015 Lena Shull Award from the North Carolina Poetry
Society. He recently won the Clinton F. Larson Poetry Prize from BYU
Studies Quarterly. His poems have appeared in more than 50 journals and
anthologies. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Patti.
Penny L. Arrowood is a book artist, art instructor, event designer, and poet
residing in southeastern NC among the whisper of pine trees and the rustling
of paper. She routinely examines
the world around her through the lens of haiku.
Penny is a regular contributor at local Open Mic events, and has an
eternal gratitude for the home crowd at The Coffee Scene in Fayetteville, NC.
Her art and words can be viewed at her website:
Sam Barbee’s poems have
appeared in Poetry South, The NC Literary Review, Crucible, Asheville
Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North
Carolina; plus on-line journals Vox Poetica, Sky Island Journal,
Courtland Review, and Blue Hour.
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; and is a Pushcart nominee.
Marcia Hawley Barnes is a Georgia writer and poet. Publishing credits
include “Tightrope” in Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems,
Negative Capability Press; and "White-out" in Tis the Season,
Old Mountain Press. In 2017, Ms. Barnes was awarded the Georgia Author of the
Year Award in the Children's Book Category for Tobijah. In 2019, a
sequel, A Day with Tobijah was published. The author lives in Towns
Frederick W. Bassett is a retired academic who turned to creative
writing late in life. His poems have been widely published in journals and
anthologies. He also has five books of poetry. His revised and expanded
edition of The Old Stoic Faces the Mirror: A Life in Poems was
published in November, 2019. He has two published novels—South Wind
Rising and Honey from a Lion—and is editing the third novel of
this trilogy—The Winter is Past. Widowed, Bassett currently live in
Greenwood, SC, near his son Jonathan and family.
Marcie Behm-Bultz is a population scientist and demographer, who bases her
writing in human geography and exotic locations. She has traveled to over
sixty countries, lived in ten States, and prefers skulking in cemeteries to
almost anything else. Her
literary work has been featured in multiple publications such as the BorderLines
Anthology, multiple Old Mountain Press anthologies, The Deadly Writers
Patrol Anthology, the Catfish Stew annual magazine, and the South
Carolina Writer’s Association Petigru Review. She is a 2018/2019
Pushcart Prize nominee and a member of the Savannah River Poets.
She and her South Carolinian spouse live in Vienna, Austria.
Ken Chamlee (Mills River, NC) is Emeritus Professor of English 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, The Lights in the
Mountains anthology, five editions of Kakalak: An Anthology of Carolina
Poets, and many other places. He regularly teaches in the Great Smokies
Writing Program. Learn more about Ken at www.kennethchamlee.com
Steve Cushman is the author of three novels, and his first full-length
poetry collection, How Birds Fly, is the winner of the Lena Shull Book
Award. Cushman lives in Greensboro, NC.
Tom Davis’ publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina
Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observer’s
Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, Special Warfare., and
Winston-Salem Writers’ POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT program for May 2013 (poetry
month). He’s authored several books. Tom has recently completed his memoir, The
Most Fun I ever Had With My Clothes On A March from Private to Colonel. He
lives in Webster, NC.
Suzanne Delaney is published in A Bridge to All Nations Anthology
by Poetry for Thought Forum, Happy Holidays: A Poetry Anthology Old
Mountain Press, Poems of Nature, Enchantment and Mystery by Carol Mays
and Suzanne Delaney. Suzanne
lives in Asheville, NC.
Nancy Dillingham’s poems, short fiction, and commentaries have appeared in
various journals and newspapers. Her latest books are Like Headlines: New
and Selected Poems and her chapbook Revelation. Her poetry
collection, Home, was nominated for a Southern Independent Booksellers'
Alliance Award. She lives in Asheville, NC.
Dena M. Ferrariis 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.
Lynda Fredsell continues to enjoy writing for Old Mountain Press. She is
a regular contributor to the OLLILife newsletter at Furman University.
When not stewing and fretting over her next essay, she’s volunteering in her
church and community and taking yoga classes to keep her ole bod in shape.
Lynda lives in Greenville, SC, with her wanna-be-hunter cat Sage and a host of
birds and white squirrels that know Sage is bluffing.
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
Gaspeny’s third chapbook The Tyranny of Questions, the saga of a
tormented suburban mother in the 1960s, will be published by Unicorn Press
this spring. His previous chapbooks are Re-Write Men and Vocation.
He has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition and the O. Henry Short Story
Contest. In his 17th year of hospice service, he has received The (North
Carolina) Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence. He lives in Greensboro,
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 2018. He is presently working on a
sequel, To Live or Die in Panama. Review all his books at
www.PentacleSPresS.com. Anasazi Princess and Anasazi Journey are
now available as Kindle E-Books on Amazon.com.
Shelley Herman Gillon lives in Silver Spring, MD, with her bioethicist
husband, John Gillon, and
cocker spaniel Toby-Wan-Kenobi. Some
of her plays have been performed in Washington, DC, New York and in her native
New Orleans. When not writing
poetry, prose or plays, she coaches mostly non-native professionals on their
communication. A former lawyer, her writing has always been her most profound
passion and deepest source of frustration.
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)
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.
Mai Habben 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 and
Canada. After allowing it linger, she is returning to her manuscript of
personal essays and poetry.
Karen Hammond has been writing for her children and grandchildren for
many years. This story is an excerpt from her yet to be published book,
“South Dakota, Read Across the Country”. Karen lives in Falls Church,
Virginia with her husband David.
Cordelia Hanemann is currently a writer and artist in Raleigh, NC. Her work
has appeared in Southwest Review, Mainstreet Rag, and Laurel Review;
anthologies, The Well-Versed Reader, Heron Clan and Kakalak and
in her own chapbook, Through a Glass Darkly. 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 Cajun
Toby Ives is a retired Food Bank executive who lives in Black
Mountain, NC. He writes poems and short prose for personal enjoyment and to
express feelings. This is his first time to submit something for publication.
Will Jones has published poetry and short stories in The Petigru
Review, Nights of Horseplay, and BorderLines Poetry. He has been
nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Will is also a songwriter, and performs song
and spoken word in the Central Savannah River Area. He resides in Aiken, SC,
and is a registered geologist.
Jerry Judge lives and writes in Cincinnati, Ohio. He facilitates the
poetry group of the Cincinnati Writers Project and is a past President of the
Greater Cincinnati Writers League. He has published 7 chapbooks and many poems
in journals and anthologies. He has appeared in previous issues of The Old
Mountain Press and is glad that he has found his way back.
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
Nita Hallford Killebrew writes poetry, paints birds, and hugs her
grandchildren as often as possible. She appreciates little libraries, and her
poem praises them. Nita, a retired language arts teacher from Lilburn, GA,
serves as a judge for an annual national high school literary magazine contest
and volunteers for an organization devoted to providing scholarships to future
Jo Koster is a college professor and recovering administrator who
lives in Rock Hill, SC, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the South
Carolina Academy of Authors. She and her cat Max spend their time
(when not teaching) avoiding pollen, writing poems, and chasing random
Patsy Kennedy Lain continues to reside in Hubert, North Carolina where she
writes, paints and enjoys life. Patsy has poems published in a over 35
anthologies and magazines. She also has many short stories in several
anthologies and a local newspaper. Patsy has received annual awards from
Onslow County Senior Games Literary and Visual Arts programs since 2009.
Cindy Larson, 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.
Blanche L. Ledford resides and writes in Clay County, NC. Her work has
appeared in many Old Mountain Press anthologies and journals. She preserves
her mountain heritage through storytelling and writing.
Brenda Kay Ledford lives and writes in Clay County, NC. Her work has appeared
all of the Old Mountain Press anthologies and many journals. She credits her
mentor, Nancy Simpson, for introducing her to the wonderful world of 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 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 poetry is enjoyed in a variety of forums: anthologies,
magazines, newspapers, online venues journals, and most recently has been
included in the podcast, 6-Minute Stories. She is a 2020 Gilbert-
Chappell Distinguished Poet Series adult winner. She has four books of poetry:
Shelf Life, Sleeping Rough, A String of Black Pearls, and The Shape
of Today. Valerie lives in Fuquay-Varina, NC, where she runs the Garden of
Eaten, which she founded to feed the hungry, and also enjoys singing in the
Preston Martin has published poems in New Ohio Review, Iodine, Tar
River Poetry, Broad River Review,Chaffin Journal, Kakalak, Appalachian
Heritage, Snapdragon and other journals. He has poems in Every River on
Earth: writings from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press) and other
anthologies. He writes and teaches in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC.
Carol Mays has been writing poetry for over forty years, largely with
the aim of celebrating life’s magic and intrigue with the reader. She has
self-published eight books, including A Collection of Uplifting Poems,
Halloween Enchantment, and The Mystique of the Sea. She has also
uploaded to YouTube multimedia presentations of twenty poems, some classical.
They may be viewed at:
lives in West Brookfield, MA.
Celia Miles is a retired NC Community College instructor who lives and
writes in Asheville, NC. A Jackson County native, she has authored eight
novels, co-edited four anthologies of regional women’s work. She is now
working on a third cozy “grist mill mystery.” website: 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. Sample her publications, including Wesley’s
Gift at Monaraemiracle.com. The character Wesley faces challenges of race,
obsession with cats, modern technology, and a wife pressing for equality, in
an Asheville /Charlotte/Japan setting. Amazon provides her ebook and print
Martha O’Quinn is a regular contributor to OMP. Her poetry and creative
non-fiction centers around life in five different southern states. Her work
has been published in print and online publications. She recently moved from
the mountains of WNC to Loganville, GA to be near family. Since the last OMP
anthology, she has welcomed her 5th great-grandchild into the family.
Beverly Ohler has been involved in theater, in one way or another, most
of her life. A good part of it has been in her tenure at Warren Wilson
College. She is a teacher, designer, an artist and writer, with five books to
her credit in addition to many articles, magazines and anthologies incliding
this one. She and her dog, Callie live in Black Mountain, NC.
Penny Olson loves to write. She currently lives in Weaverville NC with
her wonderful husband Scott of 49 years and three rambunctious dogs. Her heart
is divided between Weaverville and Tampa, Florida where her son and his lovely
family live. She is blessed by many wonderful nurturing friends
Tonya relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she found fresh writing ideas
waiting. From her favorite porch chair gazing at a tranquil lake, the nudge to
scribe her first published novel, Old Mountain Cassie: The Three Lessons,
came calling. And from her beach chair, the cozy series, Baubles to Die For
presented. She recently completed her third novel, The Benefactor.
Tonya confesses new respect for a chair’s ability to motivate writers.
Additionally, her fiction and non-fiction stories are published in numerous
anthologies, e-magazines, local press, and literary magazines. She chooses to
write using different pen surnames but remains true to her given name, Tonya.
She invites readers to visit: www.tonyawrites.com
Nancy Posey lives in Brentwood, TN, where she co-hosts Black Dog Poetry
Open Mic. Her poetry has appeared in a number of publications, including Oxford
Poetry, Poetry South Journal, Writers Market, and Wild Goose Poetry
Review.She is a staff writer for Music City Music Magazine and
regularly writes about books on her blog, “The Discriminating Reader.” Her
book reviews have also appeared in Los Angeles Review.
Michael Potts, Professor of Philosophy, Methodist University,
Fayetteville, North Carolina, has authored three novels: End of Summer,
Unpardonable Sin, and Obedience and two collections of poetry. Obedience
will be made into a feature film by Rule 14 Pictures. He lives with his wife,
Karen, and nine cats in Coats, North Carolina
Mary Ricketson, of Murphy NC, is inspired by nature, works as mental
health counselor, has been published in Journal of Kentucky Studies, It’s
All Relative, Speckled Trout, The Lake, and her collections: Disorgananza,
I Hear the River Call my Name, Hanging Dog Creek, Shade and Shelter,
Mississippi: The Story of Luke and Marian, and won first prize in
national poetry contest: 75th anniversary, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.
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 four books of poetry and three
children’s books. He has nine books or booklets on Amazon Kindle. He and his
wife Ruth live near Monroe, NC. He writes daily on his blog:
Maria Rouphail is the author of two poetry collections and has completed
a third. Her poems have won in the Nazim Hikmet international poetry
competition (2nd prize, 2019) and the NCPS Poet Laureate contest (Finalist,
2020). She is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee (2018-19). Rouphail lives in
Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler (Burlington, NC), Writer/Editor, a former college
president, has 5 books and 72 articles and has edited 23 books/proceedings and
3 national journals and published 3 newspaper columns (1 now). Her creative
writings are 11 poetry chapbooks and 4 full-length collections, 125+ short
stories, 4 novels, a novella, 5 short story collections, 2 nonfiction
collections, and 41 plays. She was Central Region Gilbert-Chappell
Distinguished Poet 2013-2015.
Rishan Singh has been an instrumental voice in recognizing and
promoting upcoming artistic talent. It is because of him that the World
Scholars Cup was started at the Playhouse Theater in South Africa in September
2019. Between 2006 and 2007, he became appointed to the World Poets Society.
In 2017, Durban became named as UNESCO City of Literature. Apart from being
published in the Sciences, he is also immensely involved in the arts. His
ORCID I.D. can be viewed at:
Paul Sherman’s poems are popular with the birds that tend his feeder. He
reads from his porch overlooking seed. Applause arrives in the form of
fluttering wings or composed chirps. On rare occasion one bangs a window
before taking flight. His poetry; discarded eggshells beneath rehearsing
trees. Paul lives in Burnsville, NC.
Shelby Stephenson, author of Slavery and Freedom on Paul’s Hill,
lives ten miles northwest of Benson, NC, on Paul’s Hill, where he was born.
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 her photo to represent all teens from the 1940's-50's.
She has been nominated for both a Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net. She
lives in Pittsford, NY.
Barbara Tate is an award winning artist and writer, a member of the
Haiku Society of America and the British Haiku Society. 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 Quarterly and Hedgerow, among others. Her work
also appears in several anthologies including the last 12 at Old Mountain
Press. Originally from Akron, Oh she currently resides in Winchester, TN.
Rebekah Timms lives in Greenwood, SC with her cat. She has four sons,
seven grandchildren and three great- granddaughters. She has published a
memoir and a collection of poems. She is currently working on a collection of
poems, prose and short stories. Rebekah enjoys writing and feels that her work
is an expression of her gratitude and joy of life.
Patti M. Walsh was born a storyteller. After decades in education and
marketing, she recently competed a middle-grade novel and launched
WhatTheCatsAreReading.com. As a technical editor for the National Electrical
Manufacturers Association and editor in chief of ElectroIndustry, its
award-winning magazine, she earned two Hermes Platinums. Her work also
appeared on Success.com. She is a member of the Thomas Jefferson
Writers Group in Fairfax, VA, and lives in Fort Myers, FL.
Elizabeth Watson tells an interesting story about her large autograph and
letter collection. Surprisingly, well-knowns you’d recognize have answered
her letters. Her first autograph dates back to age 14, when she met Arthur
Fiedler. Recently, Wall Street Journal accepted her letter—as
rewarding as being published in this anthology! The Watson’s last move
brought them to Greenville, SC. Happily, they remain patients of the fine
internist, who accepted them because her letter didn’t sound “pitiful.”
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.
Ledford, Wright inspired by family history, is published in Muscadine
Lines: A Southern Journal, Express Yourself 101 Vol 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,several OMP anthology series, and other online
stories. 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 around the
country, she and her husband Glenn settled and
three sons in Charlotte, NC. Erin is currently a yoga instructor, and also
enjoys travel, live music, reading, writing, food, family, and friends.
C. Pleasants York of Sanford, NC, wrote “Paws for Poetry” as Writer in
Residence at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.
The squirrels, Sprites of Weymouth Gardens, were one distraction. Another was
the Weymouth ghosts, Literary Giants who had previously visited Weymouth. In a
letter to her brother Frank Stearns, York said, “Every creak in the
floorboards brought visions of the ghosts of Thomas Wolfe, Paul Green, Scott
Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson. . .”
Joseph Youngblood lives in Fayetteville, NC but currently travels the world
serving the US Military as a counselor. He writes for fun, and usually about
things he cares deeply about. His work has appeared in several previous